Shocking photos and videos circulating in mainstream and online media of the January 13th grounding of the “unsinkable” Costa Concordia. More than 4,000 people were on board when the ship hit rocks off the shores of the island of Giglio, Italy. Given the size of this passenger ship, we can’t help but think back to the sinking of the Titantic.
Downton Abbey fans recall the series opening shot of the tapping telegraph which carried news of the Titantic which directly impacted the Crawley family. The unsinkable ship had sunk. As Lord Grantham observed: “Every mountain is unclimbable until someone climbs it, so the ship is unsinkable until it sinks.” It also would appear that every fortune is safe until it is not. Unbeknowst to the family, Robert’s cousin James Crawley and his son Patrick were passengers on that ship. The unthinkable happened: two heirs were lost at sea. That the news would be relayed to them so quickly (well as quickly as a telegrams and a bicycle) by the family solicitors would make my father (the lawyer) proud. Continue reading »