maybe we can make the gigantic and even larger ship then the titanic ? --Marc Pasquin 20:59, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
- Largely depends on the technology of the time -- how close were these ships to the absolute largest a ship could have been built in the 1900s?, barring for the moment minor technical difficulties such as few dock facilities could handle such large ships. I would assume that if the technology could allow super-massive ships in the 1900s, presumably Blue Star would simply have built a larger drydock at Belfast to build the larger ship. Also begs the question: if the ship were much larger in IB, could that have contributed to the wreck in any way? Could it have simply snapped into several pieces on impact taking all but a very few down with it (a much worse scenario)? Or also, if the ship were much larger, surely it would have had more water-tight compartments than the Gigantic we have at present; could such a larger ship with more intact compartments have survived, even with a long gash along the side (a very close shave)? Elemtilas 21:19, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
- Like this?...
- A very, very fun conceit -- but unworkable IMHO. The ship looks like it would snap in two at her first attempt to turn! BTW, I've changed the names of two more ships involved to reflect IB. Prince Harald seems to me a more likely name for a liner than a Prussian prince, given that Harald is a Scandinavian name. Not at all sure that having an analogy for the Californian is a good idea. Given the scale of the disaster, it would be a wonder were the captain of such a ship not convicted of murder and executed. So maybe we should have such a doppelganger, come to think on it...hmmmm... Zahir 05:57, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
- Thank you for snipping all the sordid details of Titanic...do we even know if Gigantic has been located in IB? I was a little concerned about the name Californian too, but figured it could well have been named for California, even if no one in the NAL or FK has anything to do with California. Even so, I like the altered names. Yeah, the stretch-liner looks fun but as you say would probably snap in half, or worse. On the other hand, perhaps they invented rotating fan pylons for the underside of the ship that allow multidirectional movement...? Nah, probably not! Elemtilas 23:08, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
- I am assuming not, but of course we can change that any time we like. Someone in-group suggested that the disaster might have provided an impetus for airliner travel. Attractive, but again don't see how that would work given the dates involved. I'm wondering if there'd be anything interesting in the Kemrese inquiry? Zahir 01:26, 24 June 2009 (UTC)
- A pivotal era in modern history, on the brink of GWI as well as nearing the end of Kemrese rule in Ireland. One wonders about the possibility of at least the insinuation of Irish separatist terrorism if not any real terrorist actions. Perhaps the Kemrese inquest could latch on to some individual or group working in the docks at Belfast? Perhaps an intentional design flaw or use of inadequate materials? Perhaps some prominent Kemrese politician was on board and that person's demise was seen as part of a greater conspiracy? Elemtilas 12:58, 24 June 2009 (UTC)
- Methinks you make an excellent point, but I don't feel qualified to write it up. Zahir 21:25, 27 June 2009 (UTC)