The Wall Street Journal has a series of photos regarding Titanic. 100 years ago today, she took on her final passengers in Cork Harbor, Ireland. Among the WSJ photos is one of the actual iceberg that sunk her (taken from the rescue ship Carpathia).
Something so seemingly small and random combined with human arrogance, misplaced confidence, and mistakes, to cause the disaster almost a century ago. Seeing the photo I was reminded of a time I was at sea, at least 200 miles from any land in a small sailboat. In the darkness, we sped at more than 7 knots past an untethered and dark buoy in the middle of the Atlantic, no more than ten feet to starboard. We were lucky God saw fit to perhaps provide an unnoticed light puff in one direction a mile before, or maybe a nudge in a current, to spare us a horrific experience that may have included a stove-in starboard like Titanic. The sea is big and beyond human capabilities to master. I learned that lesson on much better terms than the 1,514 who perished on April 15, 1912.