Why so few lifeboats - Explanation number 1

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The and at in those days was the primarily of the board of trade, and this is a British which is set up to police ships at that . And they would have varying , number of on board, number of , but ships had become so large so quickly that they outpaced the regulations.

VOCABULARY : board = comité, safety = sécurité, to outpace = aller plus vite que, distancer