New Evidence Suggests Iceberg Is Not the Reason That the Titanic Sank ...

Expert claims a fire on the ship had already undermined its hull!

Although many people know the tragic story of the Titanic, they may be less familiar with more recent theories about its demise.

In 1912, the Titanic was the largest British passenger ship, set to travel from the UK to New York. Launched in April of that year, the ship’s first journey was expected to be a smooth sailing. It docked at a few locations and headed northeast towards Canada. On April 14, however, it struck a 375-mile wide iceberg, off the coast of Canada.

The Titanic was unprepared for such a catastrophe, and panic set in as the ship began to fill with water. Some people managed to climb into lifeboats but with a “women and children first protocol”, a large number of passengers didn’t make it off the ship and perished as it sank.

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Until now, historians have considered that to be the entire story.

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But according to The New York Times, Irish journalist, Senan Molony, who has spent more than 30 years studying the Titanic has made a new claim. Molony contends that it was a fire onboard the ship rather than an iceberg that was the decisive factor on that fateful day.

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He claims that new evidence shows that a fire that started near the ship’s boiler rooms and weakened the hull, had gone unnoticed for weeks!

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When the ship eventually hit the iceberg, says Molony, it did not have the structural integrity to survive the accident.

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Molony reckons that there were, in fact, people who knew about the fire at the time but chose to do nothing about it.

“Fire, ice and criminal negligence” come together in a perfect storm when it comes to the Titanic, says Molony in a new documentary titled ‘Titanic: The New Evidence.’

For him, the evidence is clear, the Titanic, “should never have been put to sea”!

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[H/T: The New York Times]

It's a story most of us know well at this point, thanks to the many books and films on the subject; the sinking of the Titanic. We know the ship was traveling at full speed, hitting an iceberg before it went down on April 14th, 1912 and took more than 1500 of its 2,224 passengers with it. However, a new documentary points to a black blotch on the side of the ship's hull, an indication that a coal storage fire may have burned for days before the Titanic went down. Researchers say the fire weakened the steel in the hull of the ship. The new documentary also suggests that the crew may have moved the smoldering coals to the ship's boilers, contributing to the breakneck speed with which it finally met that fatal iceberg. Though the ship went down almost 105 years ago, her body still sits at the bottom of the Atlantic, ready to reveal more secrets.