From the shipping to motoring : human connections.
You certainly wonder why the shipping and the motoring are so important in our life. I've discovered how the Titanic was a microcosm for passengers by studying the passengers and their relationships with the motoring during the Golden Age of the Transatlantic crossings. The birth of that legendary ship ensues from the evolution of the naval engineering and the growth of the transatlantic trade in the 1890s. At that time, the era of motoring was growing up slowly.
An old link between the shipping and the motoring.
If you've already watched James Cameron's movies, you know there was a Renault CB Town in one of the hatches of the superliner. Did you know another car was linked with the Titanic? In 1911, Lord William Pirrie, charmain of the Harland and Wolff where the SS Titanic was built, bought a Silver Ghost Rolls Royce he named the "Titanic Silver Ghost". The transportation seems be astonishing by linking the shipping and the motoring.
Reading more things on the birth of the first railroad lines and the tram lines, I was amazed Titanic's 1st class passengers expected the new Standard Oil company invests more activities around the new oil wells at the beginning of the 20th. In 1908, the company found a opportunity to become a commercial giant with the popular Ford T. George Dunton Widener was the son of Peter Arrel Brown Widener who created the Philadelphia Traction Company in Philadelphia while John Borland Thayer II ran it for the Pennsylvania railroads. At that time, the first streetcars were set up all over the American big cities. The first electric trolley cars and the steam and electric trains were introduced slowly in the North of the USA. People became close in common spaces to move on the cities. George Widener and John Thayer II died both in the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
The SS Titanic, the last place of great men who contributed to develop the motoring in the USA. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons).
The shipping : the beginning of human connections
From the regional and local shipping trade, pioneers managed to popularize the uses of the ships on the rivers and then on the seas. Charles Parsons, Isembard Kingdom Brunel, Robert Napier and Robert Fulton developed our modern society. Without those engineers, our world would have been different. Parsons built the first turbines and installed them on his ship, the SS Turbinia. Later, he convinced British shipyards to use that new type of propulsion. Brunel founded the Great Western Railway (Bristol-London) and contributed to the construction of the Thames Tunnel in London. Finally, he conceived the first British modern liners, the SS Great Western (1837-1857), the SS Great Britain (1843-), the SS Great Eastern (1858-1890), the first ship which communicated by wireless. Robert Napier helped Samuel Cunard, a canadian shipowner to create the historocal shipping line, the Cunard Line in 1939. Robert Fulton was a pioneer of the shipping lines in Europe and in the USA. He worked on many governmental and military projects.
We wouldn't have problably knew the greatest things of the end of the 20th century like the internet connections and the new technological ways to communicate between us. Thanks to the wireless invented by Guglielmo Marconi, we can talk to people from other countries, write and post million of texts, videos or pictures on social networks like Twitter, Facebook or DriveTribe.
At the beginning of the previous century, the motoring had the same role as the shipping technology. Before the automobiles have replaced the hyppomobiles, the carriages were the main terrestrial transport to move on everywhere. Later, the cars and motorcycles became technological machines as we can see with the supercars and the hypercars.
In the 1910s, the planes were prototypes in the 1910s . Thefirst commercial planes are appeared only in the middle of the sixties. Travelling in the Concorde from Paris to New-York was no longer than travelling aboard the Lusitania! Our world became small.