Essay on The Hindenburg

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The Hindenburg

The InfernoThe arrival of the Hindenburg, thirteen hours behind schedule, at Lakehurst,
New Jersey, on the evening of May 6, 1937, promised to be routine. The ship had an
unblemished safety record on eighteen previous Atlantic crossings. In fact, no passenger
had ever lost his life on any commercial airship. Still, because this was the beginning of
the most ambitious season yet for airship voyages, reporters, photographers and news reel
cameramen had their eyes and lenses focused on the great dirigible as it approached. When
disaster struck it was sudden. Without warning flames gushed from within the Hindenburg's
hull; thirty-two seconds later the airship lay on the ground, ravaged. Never had the
sights and sounds of a disaster in progress been so graphically documented. Within a day,
newspaper readers and theater audiences were confronted by fiery images of the Hindenburg.
Radio listeners heard the emotional words of newsman Herb Morrison, sobbing into his
recorder, "It's burning, bursting into flames, and it's falling on the mooring mast and
all the folks. This is one of the worst catastrophes in the world. . . . Oh, the humanity
and all the passengers!(Marben 58)" When this floating cathedral, called the Hindenburg,
burst into a geyser of flaming hydrogen there was a tremendous impact on the public,
although two thirds of the people on board survived. Two theories about why it happened
surfaced and this tragedy put an end to the short age of these massive airships.The demise
of the Hindenburg had a searing impact on public consciousness that far surpassed the bare
statistics of the calamity. Men and women escaped, even from this inferno. One elderly
lady walked out by the normal exit as though nothing had happened and was unscratched. A
fourteen-year-old cabin boy jumped to the ground into flames and smoke. He was almost
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