THE COAL STRIKE OF 1912 AND TITANIC
In January of 1912 coal miners came to the decisions to go on strike for minimum wages, causing complications in the shipping industry. As the strike went on more and more ships were being ported due to lack of fuel. White Star Line made an announcement that the speed of Olympic and Titanic would now be dropped from 23 knots to 20 knots to save coal.
Good news came when the goal strike ended on April 6, 1912. The bad news was there wasn’t going to be enough time to get newly mined coal to the docks before Titanic’s maiden voyage. In order to lift the speed limitations placed on Titanic, White Star Line would have to take coal from other IMM ships docked in Southampton, putting those ships out of service.
Passengers who had already booked voyage on the now out of service ships had to find a new vessel to travel on, most turning to Titanic. Crewmembers that relied on the now cancelled voyages for work were also affected. As it came time to hire crew for Titanic’s maiden voyage, lines were out the door of people looking for work on the most luxurious Ship of Her time, not knowing the tragedy that lay ahead