Sabtu, 14 Agustus 2010

Andai Titanic Mendengar

Amsal 3:11 - Hai anakku, janganlah engkau menolak didikan TUHAN, dan janganlah engkau bosan akan peringatan-Nya.

Mazmur 119:144 - Peringatan-peringat an-Mu adil untuk selama-lamanya, buatlah aku mengerti, supaya aku hidup.

Ketika melihat para awak kapal mengangkat bagasi dari bawah, Nyonya Albert Caldwel bertanya, “Benarkah kapal ini tidak bisa tenggelam?” “Benar, Nyonya,” jawab salah seorang diantaranya. “Bahkan, Tuhan sendiri tak mungkin menenggelamkan kapal ini.”

Dua
hari kemudian, kapal yang diberangkatkan dari Pelabuhan Southampton, Inggris, menuju New York itu memasuki kawasan Grand Banks, sebuah kawasan berbahaya karena banyak gunung es bawah laut. Pada 14 April 1912, dua puluh menit sebelum pukul 24.00 malam, kapal pesiar mewah, Titanic, menyerempet gunung es dan akhirnya tenggelam tiga jam kemudian.

Awalnya, Frederick Fleet, petugas menara pengintai melihat sesuatu yang gelap menghadang didepan. Mula-mula kecil, lama-kelamaan bertambah besar. Ia segera membunyikan bel bahaya. “Fleet, apa yang kamu lihat?” Tanya kapten kapal. “Gunung es didepan,” “Terima kasih,” jawab suara itu lagi, santai, seolah-olah tidak ada yang terjadi. Bahkan, ketika kapal menyerempet gunung es itu, sang kapten, Edward J. Smith, sama sekali tidak mengurangi kecepatan kapal. Titanic tetap melaju dengan kecepatan 22,5 knot, sekitar 45 km per jam, tanpa ada gerakan menghindari maut yang menanti didepan. Kapal mewah yang mengklaim diri “tidak bisa tenggelam” itu seolah-olah ingin menguji dirinya sendiri melawan gunung es raksasa.

Sungguh ironis, Titanic justru karam
dalam pelayaran perdananya! Bahkan Thomas Andrew, si pencipta kapal itu sendiri tidak mampu menyelamatkan kapal rancangannya. Hanya 705 orang penumpang yang selamat, itu pun diselamatkan oleh kapal tua Carpathia yang kebetulan lewat.

Seringkali kita jumpai, kesombongan membuat sebagian orang sulit untuk menerima teguran. Mengapa teguran dan peringatan selalu diasosiasikan dengan kelemahan atau aib?

Bukankah Amsal 27:5 berkata, “Lebih baik teguran yang nyata-nyata dari pada kasih yang tersembunyi.”

Bagaimanakah respons yang benar menghadapi sebuah teguran? Raja Daud
dalam Mzm 119:14 menganggap peringatan Tuhan sama bahagianya dengan menerima harta benda. Seseorang hanya bisa bertumbuh lewat masukan, teguran, bahkan peringatan dari orang lain.

Ada dua manfaat dari teguran atau peringatan. Pertama, peringatan membuat kita hidup. Andai kapten kapal Titanic mendengar peringatan bahaya dari petugas menara pengintai, mungkin saja Titanic tidak akan tenggelam. Peringatan akan meluputkan kita dari maut dan membawa pada kehidupan (Mzm 119:144). Sebaliknya, siapa yang tidak mengindahkan peringatan akan mati! (Ams 15:10). Kedua, peringatan memberi kita pengetahuan. Orang yang bersedia ditegur, pengetahuannya akan bertambah (Mzm 119:99). Ia akan bertambah bijaksana dan langkah hidupnya akan semakin tertata.

DOA: Tuhan, dalam kelemahanku, aku sering tidak siap untuk menerima teguran. Mampukanku dengan rendah hati menerima setiap masukan. Dalam Nama Tuhan Yesus aku berdoa. Amin.

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The Titanic Story
On that fateful night of April 14, 1912 there were 2,235 souls crowded aboard the R.M.S. Titanic. There was no wind to speak of. The frigid, dark sea was calm, like a plate glass mirror beneath the star-spangled heavens. It was an hour before midnight on a starry, moonless night. While the band played on beneath the decks in the first class lounge, and while the night watch paced the Bridge high above, the greatest maritime tragedy in the history of sailing, stealthily, silently awaited them in the ice-strewn midnight waters of the North Atlantic.

Survivors recalled a gentle shudder that briefly shook the 900 foot long vessel. It came and went so quickly that nobody gave it much of a second thought. Except for the occupants of the Bridge–who in the split seconds before that collision, saw the towering iceberg ahead, floating in their unlighted pathway. The helmsman swerved to miss the iceberg–but they would have been better off to have struck it head on. In narrowly avoiding a head-on collision, they suffered an even worse fate!


Three-fourths of the iceberg lay unseen beneath the calm ocean surface. When the Titanic swerved, it brushed the iceberg's underside on the starboard side of the bow, slitting a quarter of an inch wide opening more than 300 feet down the side of the vessel. Like a titanic can opener, the iceberg knifed open the side of the iron hull. The damage was just enough to cause the metal plates to buckle so that six watertight compartments began taking in sea water.

So scientifically had this great sailing ship been constructed, with 16 watertight compartments in a 1/6 mile long hull, that the captain had made a pre-voyage boast, "Not even God himself could sink her". The builders had calculated that even if four of the compartments should burst, the ship would still float! But on that starry night, six of them exploded and began to suck in the frigid water of the North Atlantic! Mathematically, the "unsinkable ship" was mortally wounded. And, in two hours she was gone. Commander Lightoller, one of the few crew members who survived the tragedy, described the moment she sank.

Of the 2235 occupants, 1522 met their death in those dark waters including most of the men, most of the third class, most of the crew, and all of the band. Only 713 people were rescued.

And the world lined up for hours to relive their tragic story in the most watched movie ever in human history. Why?

Could it be that Titanic is more than a tale about love and death of heart throbs Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio? Could it be that there's a deep, subconscious sense the world over that this tragedy at the beginning of the 20th century was in fact a warning parable of an ominous unnamed tragedy that hangs like Damocles' sword over our planet, while we're partying to beat the band?

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The White Star liner Titanic

Of all the amazing tales told about the Titanic, there is one little story I always find fascinating even though it tells us absolutely nothing about the details of the tragic sinking on that cold night in April 1912.

It is not the fact that the great liner was designed and had the space to carry 48 lifeboats but only 16 were actually included to fulfil the letter of the law. It was not the fact that in spite of ice warnings the ship's speed was not reduced. If it had been, then fewer watertight compartments would have been flooded, and the ship would have remained afloat much longer, and possibly been salvaged.

Not even the fact that after the order was given for women and children to go first, all of the children from the 1st. and 2nd. class were saved but most of the children in the 3rd class were drowned. (All 5 of 1st class children saved, all 24 of 2nd. class children saved but only 23 of the 76 in 3rd. class saved, 60% of these were lost). Or that all of the rocket signals fired by members of the Titanic crew were misunderstood by sailors on a ship not far away.

No. It was none of these. It was the story of Jerome Bourke from Cork.

Jerome Bourke was a young enthusiastic lad from Glanmire near Cork City. He planned to go to America in the Spring of 1912 following two of his sisters who had gone to the USA some time before.

Another sister of his, Nora was very friendly with the checker at the ticket office and he suggested that Jerome could travel on the new liner 'Titanic' which would be calling at Queenstown a few weeks later. Jerome's dreams were coming true.

Before his departure, a neighbour, Mrs 0'Connell, came to the Bourke house with some holy water. Jerome's mother filled some of this water into a small bottle so that Jerome could take it with him. His sister Nora had been on a trip to Lourdes the year before and she brought this special bottle back with her.

On the morning of April 11th Jerome said good bye to his family and with his few possessions, including the bottle, he embarked on the new liner at Cobh. That evening he had his last view of the Cork Coast as the ship sailed silently past the Daunt Rock and out to sea.

The ship hit the iceberg on the night of the Sunday 14th of April at about 10.40 pm and within an hour many lifeboats were filled and lowered to the water. It was 2.20 am on the Monday morning when the ship actually went down and most of the passengers died from exposure in the ice-cold water while floating about wearing their life jackets.

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Like everybody else, the Bourke's learned of the tragedy of the sinking. They feared for the worst and every day for about three weeks people called at the house to see if they had any news of Jerome. By early May they got the dreaded news and they mourned for Jerome, and all the other people whose lives and hopes and dreams were dashed by this tragic happening.

Over a year later in early Summer of 1915, a man walking with his dog along the shore, half way down the river in Cork harbour (near Dunkettle), found this unusual bottle which appeared to have come in with the tide. On removing the cork he found a rolled up piece of paper containing a message written with pencil.


Jerome Bourke's note

Did this bottle come all the way back to Cork harbour and end up on the the shore near Dunkettle. There are a number of possibilities as to how the bottle came to be on a shore only a few miles from the Bourke's home in Glanmire.

1. The bottle may have been thrown there recently by some other person.
- But Jerome had the bottle with him on the Titanic when leaving Cobh.

2. Jerome may have thrown the bottle into the sea as the ship left Cork harbour.
- But why write the 13th April when it was only the 11th when leaving Cork ?

The last known photograph of the Titanic

Since the date on the note was the 13th, we can reasonably accept that the message was written on the Saturday, the day before the Titanic hit the iceberg. There is also the slight possibility that Jerome wrote this note on the Sunday night after the accident, but made a mistake when writing the date. The note was rolled up and inserted into the bottle and the cork then firmly pushed down into the neck of the bottle which was then thrown into the sea. The little bottle stayed afloat and the current carried it back again towards the Irish coast, a journey of nearly 3000 miles. It is a coincidence that it should be carried back in through Cork harbour and end up in the Parish where Jerome was born, - even if it did take nearly 14 months before it was found.

Not having Jerome's remains or his grave to visit, Jerome's Mother and family were very thankful to have something tangible to remind them of Jerome after such a tragic end to a trip to America.

The above story was related by John Bourke (nephew) and by Brid 0'Flynn (his grand-niece) on an the Nationwide Programme broadcast on RTE a few years ago.

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Interesting Facts about Titanic 1


* In 1898 (14 years prior to the Titanic tragedy), Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called Futility. This fictitious novel was about the largest ship ever built hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic ocean on a cold April night. The fictional ship (named Titan) and the real ship Titanic were similar in design and their circumstances were remarkably alike. Both ships were labeled "unsinkable".
* RMS stands for Royal Mail Steamer. RMS, in formal terms, means "Royal Merchant Ship". However, the dual meaning was also "Royal Mail Steamer", because the Titanic carried mail under the auspices of His Majesty's postal authorities. At that time, all ships, military and civilian, that were under the British flag carried the distinction of "R.M.S." This, in effect, gave the ship the protection of the British Crown. An attack on an R.M.S. was considered an attack on the crown and an act of war.
* Two dogs were among the Titanic survivors.
* There were no cats on the Titanic. Cats were often brought on ships as a form of good luck. They also controlled rodents.
* The Titanic is about as long as the Empire State building is tall.
* The Tower Bridge, located in London England, is approximately the same length and height as the Titanic.
* Originally, the Titanic's design only included 3 funnels (smokestacks). The aftmost funnel (towards stern) was added to make the Titanic look more impressive-it gave the feeling of "power and grace". It only functioned as an air vent.

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Interesting Facts about Titanic 1

# No one ever claimed that the Titanic was "unsinkable". The quote, "practically unsinkable" was taken out of context. In 1911, Shipbuilder magazine published an article describing the construction of the Titanic. The article stated that when the watertight doors were closed, the ship would be "practically unsinkable".
# It was customary to break a bottle of champagne on the bow of a boat when launched. The Titanic launching did not include the traditional bottle-breaking.
# Many of the passengers were not originally suppose to be traveling on the Titanic. Due to a strike, coal was in short supply. This shortage threatened Titanic's maiden voyage and forced the White Star Line to cancel travel on the Oceanic and Adriatic and transfer their passengers and coal stocks to the Titanic.
# There were 13 couples on board celebrating their Honeymoons.
# Captain Smith was planning to retire after Titanic's maiden voyage.
# The Titanic had 4 elevators (3 in First class and 1 in Second class).
# At the time, Titanic's whistles were the largest ever made.
# Titanic's whistles could be heard from a distance of 11 miles.
# The Titanic carried 900 tons of baggage and freight.
# The Titanic used 14,000 gallons of drinking water every 24 hours.
# Coal consumption per day: 825 tons.
# Carried 20 lifeboats and 3560 life jackets. The life jackets were made of canvas and cork.
# More than 3 million rivets were used to build the Titanic.
# In a test done to determine stopping distance, the Titanic was accelerated to 20 knots and then the engines were reversed at full power. The distance required to stop the Titanic was about half a mile.

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Interesting Facts about Titanic 3

* The Titanic's radio call sign was: MGY.
* Port of Registry - Liverpool, England. Registry date: March 24, 1912.
* Official ship number: 131,428
* The number 3909 04 was NOT assigned to the Titanic as a hull number.

RMS Titanic

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The lookouts in the crow's nest did not have binoculars. Having binoculars might have prevented the Titanic tragedy.
* The time interval from first sighting of the iceberg to impact was a little over 30 seconds.
* The Titanic sank 2 hours and 40 minutes after hitting the iceberg.
* It probably took Titanic about 15 minutes to sink to her final resting place on the ocean floor. That means that Titanic sank at a rate of 10 miles per hour (or 16 km per hour).
* The Titanic hit the iceberg on the starboard (right) side of the bow. It has been speculated that the Titanic may have suffered only minor damage and minimal loss of life had it hit the iceberg head-on. It has also been suggested that the Titanic may have completely avoided colliding with the iceberg had the bridge not requested that the engines be reversed ("Full Astern"), prior to steering the ship to the left ("Hard-a-starboard"). This action would have decreased the forward momentum of the Titanic causing it to turn at a slower rate.
* July and August are the only two months the weather permits expeditions to the Titanic wreck site.

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