Lessons learned from the Ti­tanic

Yachting Monthly - - EXPERT ON BOARD -

The con­cept be­hind Peardrop is not new. Barry Buck­nell de­signed the Puf­fin dinghy on sim­i­lar prin­ci­ples and early in the 20th Cen­tury En­gel­hardt col­lapsi­ble lifeboats worked in the same way. There were four En­gel­hardts on the Ti­tanic but not stowed close to the davits. Even so, they saved some lives and af­ter that dis­as­ter pas­sen­ger liners quickly in­creased their lifeboat ca­pac­ity by car­ry­ing one En­gel­hardt un­der each rigid lifeboat, to be launched by the same davits.

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