Could Jack have survived Titanic?

I had watched this movie as a kid and of course at that point of time, I never really questioned the sense behind that one particular scene where Jack dies because apparently there wasn’t enough space on that door to fit both Jack and Rose.

But now as a grown up, I am doubting Rose’s intentions. While floating neck-deep in the bone-chilling water somewhere in the Atlantic, Jack makes Rose promise that no matter what happened, she would survive and live a long and happy life. There are many things that can be said about this perfect Hollywood moment, but the icy water had already sealed both of their fates.

A rescue boat that arrived looking for survivors rouses Rose from her feeble, semi-frozen state. She begs Jack to wake up, but realizes that he has passed away, sacrificing his own life to save Rose.

Was there enough space on the raft to fit both Jack and Rose?

Movie enthusiasts have also suggested a number of ‘clever’ positions that Jack and Rose could have tried to fit on the raft together.

However, for James Cameron (the director of Titanic), the amount of room available on the raft was never a concern. In fact, time and again, he has maintained that it was not the amount of space available on the raft, but rather its buoyancy.

Cameron is correct in his claim about the raft’s buoyancy; the raft, as it was shown in the movie, couldn’t have taken the combined weight of both Jack and Rose. Still, that doesn’t mean that nothing could have been done to prevent Jack’s unfortunate demise.

Mythbusters, a popular Discovery TV show, presented a solution to this raft and buoyancy problem. In order to make the boat capable of supporting their combined weight, they had to add more upward thrust to the raft. But how would they do that?

Rose’s life-jacket could have been tied under the raft to provide it with some additional buoyancy. The increased buoyant force, as Mythbusters demonstrated in real conditions, would have been enough to support their combined weight and would have kept both of them protected from the icy waters until the rescue boats arrived.

Turns out, using Rose’s life-jacket, along with some ‘buoyant’ intelligence, could have saved the day for Jack.

What do you guys think of this?



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Arjun Agarwal

Foodie, Wanderer, Techie, Movie Enthusiast, Artist. Jack of all, Master of One….