All the centennial hubbub about the Titanic reminds me of the following anecdote.
In 2007 I was visiting Northern Ireland with the Governor of Georgia on an investment promotion visit. We toured the site of the famous dry dock and the Drawing Office where the ship had been designed. A member of the Governor’s party asked one of our hosts how the people of Belfast felt about the sinking of the ship on its maiden voyage. “Not worried,” came the reply. “She was fine when she left here.”