Despite what has been commonly believed for over a hundred years, the RMS Titanic may have sunk due to a fire, not because it hit an iceberg.
The Titanic sank in April 1912, killing over 1,500 people and shocking the world. The cause of the Titanic’s sinking has long been believed to be hitting an unseen iceberg. But new evidence has emerged that has led historians to believe that a fire in the ship’s hull was the culprit. Although the Titanic did, indeed, hit an iceberg, it was likely fire damage that made it a fatal blow.
Apparently, the fire burned, unnoticed, for three whole weeks before it claimed the ship.
The fire theory isn’t new, but until now, it hasn’t been well corroborated by evidence. But close scrutiny of rare Titanic photographs strongly suggest that the fire theory is the correct one.
The photos were taken by one of the Titanic’s chief electrical engineers. The photos were examined by a journalist named Senan Molony, who says that he identified thirty-foot-long black streaks stretching along the front, right-hand side of the ship’s hull. The streak is very close to where the iceberg punctured.
“We are looking at the exact area where the iceberg struck, and we appear to have a weakness or damage to the hull in that specific place, before she even left Belfast,” says Molony.
Apparently, a team of a dozen men tried to put out the fire, but it was out of control. The fire weakened the Titanic’s hull enough for the iceberg to destroy the ship’s lining, dooming it to sink.
All of the officers aboard the Titanic were strictly forbidden by J. Bruce Ismay, the president of the White Star Line (the company that built the Titanic) and also the highest-ranking official to survive the sinking, not to mention the fire to any passengers.
According to Molony, “The official Titanic inquiry branded [the disaster] 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 per cent.
“The fire was known about, but it was played down. She should never have been put to sea.”