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How Did The Titanic Sink?

the RMS Titanic

A 30-year-long study of the how the Titanic sunk suggests that the cause wasn’t a collision with an iceberg.

In April 1912, the legendary Titanic set sail from Southampton England to New York, but tragically sunk during its maiden voyage claiming the lives of more than 1,500 passengers.

It has for long been thought that the gigantic cruise ship sunk because it collided with an unnoticed iceberg in its route. However, new evidence suggests that the main reason the ship sunk was an unnoticed fire that burned in its hull.

For over 30 years, journalist Senan Malony researched the tragic incident and have come across some rare photos taken by the ship’s chief electrical engineers before it left Belfast, where it was constructed.

He recently claimed that he was able to spot 30-foot-long black marks on the right-hand side of the ship’s hull, right where it was pierced by the iceberg.

The new findings suggests that there had been a big fire at the front-end of the ship that had burned, unnoticed, for over 3 weeks, weakening the ship’s walls, making the crash with the iceberg fatal.

It has then been confirmed that a team of 12 men tried to put out the flames, which were to large to control and reached temperatures as high as 1000 degrees Celsius. Then, crew members on board were instructed not to mention the fire to anyone of the Titanic’s 2,500 passengers.

Most people know the ship from the 1997 movie with the same name as the ship, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. It was nominated for fourteen Academy Awards, and won eleven, including the awards for Best Picture and Best Director.

But for the real story, you can watch the documentary, Titanic: The New Evidence, in which Maloney presents his claims.

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