Was The Demise Of The Titanic, The “Unsinkable” Ship, Actually

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Was the demise of the Titanic, the “unsinkable” ship, actually caused by an iceberg? People have been told for centuries that the Titanic’s catastrophic sinking was caused by the ship hitting an iceberg. Hundreds of movies have been made and thousands of articles and books have been written about the infamous sinking. However, the cause of the sinking is very different than most people have been told all along. The Titanic, which was regarded as unsinkable, was the largest ship of its time. The ship was owned by the White Star Line, and departed from Southampton England on April 10 1912, scheduled to bring its 2224 passengers to New York. In the early hours of April 15 1912, the ship sank, killing 1500 people. Most historians believe that…show more content…
One major piece of evidence that supports the fire theory is the images discovered by Molony that reveal a thirty-foot long, diagonal black mark on the hull’s front starboard side. These marks resemble scorch marks caused by a fire at almost exactly where the iceberg struck the ship (NY Daily News). The pictures Molony references were found at an auction house and were taken by chief electrical engineer of the Titanic, John Westbeech Kempster. Kempster took these photographs on April 1 and April 2 at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, just over a week before the ship sailed (CNN). At first, Molony thought the black mark could just be a reflection, but after careful examination, he found that the mark did not change places between photographs. One thing that caught Molony’s eye about the mark was that it was facing the sea, not the dock. Molony believes that the ship was strategically positioned so that the passengers were not able to see the mark, so as not to raise questions (New York Times). Dr. Guillermo Rein, who specializes in studying coal fires, also examined the photos with Molony. In a documentary about the coal fire entitled “Titanic: The New Evidence”, Dr. Rein states that the marks could “definitely” be from a coal fire. Since the photographs were taken about ten days before the ship’s departure, the fire must have been going on for at least that

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