The people shivering in the half filled lifeboats could hardly believe their eyes and ears. In front of them, the largest moving object ever built was sagging helplessly into the ocean like some puppet with its strings cut. Row upon row of lights blazed at a madly slanted angle on the dark black mirror of the Atlantic. Up above, a string of pathetic distress rockets soared skywards, exploding in showers of pale white sparks that no one heeded. And, incredibly, from across the water came the sound of jaunty, upbeat music.