Sea captains learned a lot in the seven years after an iceberg brought down the Titanic. This news article describes how the unsinkable ship’s lower compartments filled with water one by one, while the crew was helpless to plug the gaping hole in the hull. By 1919, though, captains had devised a stopgap: “Lowered over the side of the ship,” a large mat “is forced by the inrushing water against the leak.” The emergency measure was (successfully) put to the test when the commercial freighter Redondo rammed the U.S. Navy transport Graf Waldersee just off Long Beach, New York. All passengers and crew made it back to land safely.
Read the full story in When the “Graf Waldersee” Rammed the “Redondo” in a Fog.