We’ve been told for generations that the reason this ‘unsinkable’ ship met its demise in the middle of the freezing ocean water was due to a massive iceberg which penetrated the side of the ship in such a way that the water was unable to be contained. With that said, new evidence suggests that it was more than just an iceberg that sunk the massive ship!
The story of Titanic became a dramatic movie starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Now, instead of this fateful plunge into the ocean being caused by an iceberg alone, new research finds that the ship had suffered a fire in the hull which may have burned unnoticed for nearly 3 weeks before the collision took place! It seems hard to believe but when you understand the size of the ship then perhaps it’s possible that a fire smoldered enough to be undetectable for so long.
It has been said that experts confirmed that there was such a fire but it was never considered to be the primary cause of the ship’s plunge into the ocean. However, rare photographs have since emerged which tell a different story than the one we have been told all of these years.
Journalist, Sean Maloney, spent much of his life studying this disaster and that means pouring over any and every old photograph that was taken of the ship at that time. One of which was taken by the ship’s electrical engineers and that is when Sean spotted the 30ft long scorch marks at the right-side of the hull in the same spot where the iceberg struck it. All of this before the ship even set sail!
The damage that the fire caused in this area means that the ship was already weak in the spot where the iceberg hit it, therefore, causing the ship to suffer massively due to the impact.
Old photograph of the ship.
According to Sean, “The official Titanic inquiry branded the sinking as an act of God. This isn’t a simple story of colliding with an iceberg and sinking. It’s a perfect storm of extraordinary factors coming together: fire, ice, and criminal negligence.
“Nobody has investigated these marks before. It totally changes the narrative. We have metallurgy experts telling us that when you get that level of temperature against steel it makes it brittle, and reduces its strength by up to 75 percent.
“The Fire was known about, but it was played down. She should never have been put to sea.”
The ship took with her over 1,500 people in April 1912. Now, this new evidence is being presented in a documentary on Channel 4: Titanic: The New Evidence. Those who have always believed that there was more to this story will be interested in watching this documentary.