Contrary to the popular notion that a massive iceberg was the reason Titanic ended up sinking, the latest theories suggest that a coal fire might have been involved in the process of its demise.
There are very few people in the world who are unfamiliar with the Titanic tragedy. Major credit goes to James Cameron, who flawlessly wove an unrequited love story in the midst. This turned it into a modern day drama, which won 11 academy awards.
Titanic Facts: The History As We Know
All the versions told of the tale of an indestructible ship being brought down, cites an ice berg as the cause. However, it is now being theorized that things might not be as they seem.
Weather was said to have played a vital role in sinking Titanic when it started on its maiden journey back in 1912. On April 14, the ship struck an underwater iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean, which was not on forecast.
As a result the icy ocean waters ended up claiming 1,500 lives. But was it the entire story? Or was there more?
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Titanic Facts: What Actually Transpired
Journalist and Documentary author Senan Molony has uncovered new evidence in the post-tragedy pictures taken of Titanic. The photos indicate that an intense fire had broken out inside the behemoth cruise prior to the iceberg strike.
There appears to be long black burning marks, almost 30 foot high, along the hull. These marks were in place before the ship even took off from the port of Belfast.
“We are looking at the exact area where the iceberg stuck, and we appear to have a weakness or damage to the hull in that specific place, before she even left Belfast,” Molony said in a documentary broadcast on Britain’s Channel 4 on New Year’s Day, reports Fox News.
The fire, which had burned more than 1000 degrees, required 12-man crew to extinguish it. One of the stokers who survived the Titanic tragedy stated that the fire, even after being extinguished, continued to burn in a low capacity in coal bunker six during the voyage, reports Independent.
The extreme heat had turned the area where the fire burned quite brittle. This allowed the edge of the iceberg to easily eat into that area when the Titanic encountered that misfortune. Both the factors – Fire and Ice (in a very Games Of Thrones kind of way) caused the Titanic to sink to the bottom of the ocean.