Lifeboat

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Freefall lifeboat of the Spring Aeolian (freighter)

A lifeboat, also known as a liferaft, is a small, stiff or inflatable boat carried for emergencies in the event of a disaster on a ship. Lifeboats are required by law to be on larger ships.

History of lifeboats[change | edit source]

At the beginning of the 20th century larger ships meant that more people could travel but rules about lifeboats were often overlooked. After the Titanic sunk on April 15, 1912, people realized that more lifeboats were needed on larger ships. The Titanic's lifeboats were only capable of carrying 1,178 people although the number of passengers on the Titanic were 3,330 people.

Because many lifeboats were needed on the decks of passenger ships this led to the use of most of the deck space being used for lifeboats which created the problem of narrow passageways. This was fixed by inflatable lifeboats being used.