The Sinking of the Titanic New Evidence

The Sinking of the Titanic New Evidence

Titanic WAS NOT sunk by Iceberg – new evidence suggests shock theory to disaster THE Titanic was NOT sunk after striking an Iceberg, it has sensationally been claimed more than a century since the ship disaster. For 105 years, many had believed that the RMS Titanic sank while on its voyage from Southampton to New York, but new findings suggest that was not the case.

 In a new documentary titled Titanic: The New Evidence, researchers establish a solid theory that a fire in the ship’s hull, which started even before it departed Belfast for Southampton led to its downfall. Journalist Senan Molony, who has been researching the Titanic’s fate for 30 years, found a nine metre black mark on the front of the ship’s hull from a photo taken before the Titanic left.

Mr Molony states the fire burnt unnoticed for three weeks at temperatures of 1000 degrees, meaning the metal weakened. This easily allowing the iceberg to tear a hole in the ship which otherwise been impossible.

Mr Molony said: “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.

“The official Titanic inquiry branded [the sinking] 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.”

A total of 2,224 passengers and crew were on board RMS Titanic when it struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic Sea.

More than 1,500 died making it one of the worst commercial maritime disasters in modern history.

A new documentary aims to sink a popular theory that the R.M.S. Titanic’s collision with an iceberg was the key factor in its historic demise.

In “Titanic: The New Evidence,” aired on the U.K.’s Channel 4 on New Year’s Day, author and Titanic expert Senan Molony claims newly uncovered photographs prove a fire in the ship’s hull played a much larger role in its sinking than previously believed.

Molony said black marks on the vessel’s side, which can be seen in pictures taken before the doomed voyage, indicate that the Titanic’s infrastructure had been weakened by flames in the weeks leading up to the iceberg crash.

Molony’s discovery further cements a theory floated by Ohio State University engineering professor Robert Essenhigh. In 2004, Essenhigh suggested that an uncontrollable fire may have prompted the crew to pick up speed ― even in the midst of an ice field. “If there was a reason for the speed, it had to be something important – like a fire in the coal bunker that needed to be kept under control and then put out as soon as the ship reached port,” Science Daily reported on Essenhigh’s theory in November 2004.

A new documentary claims the RMS Titanic’s fate was sealed by a fire, not an iceberg.

Molony came upon the trove of images at a 2012 auction in England, CNN reports. “This isn’t a simple story of colliding with an iceberg and sinking,” Molony told British outlet The Times. “It’s a perfect storm of extraordinary factors coming together: fire, ice and criminal negligence.”

But not every Titanic expert is convinced that fire can be cited as the biggest factor in the ship’s sinking, as Molony theorizes.

“There certainly was a fire,” David Hill, former secretary of the British Titanic Society, told The Times. “Was it a life-changer? It’s my personal opinion that it didn’t make a difference.”

The ocean liner’s disastrous ending, famously recreated in an Academy Award-winning movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, claimed the lives of more than 1,500 passengers when it sank on April 15, 1912, during its maiden voyage.

A new documentary claims the RMS Titanic’s fate was sealed by a fire, not an iceberg.

The sinking of the Titanic is perhaps the most well- known maritime disaster of all time, but a new documentary claims the widely-believed cause — a fatal collision with an iceberg — isn’t entirely true.

In Titanic: The New Evidence, an upcoming hour- long documentary on the Smithsonian Channel, new evidence suggests that it was actually a coal fire which caused the 1912 disaster. Whether viewers are generally intrigued by all things nautical — or fans of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s blockbuster Titanic — the documentary promises to capture their attention with newly-unearthed photos detailing the many shortcomings that contributed to the Titanic’s terrible end at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

The photos, from the private collection of the Titanic’s chief electrical engineer, John Kempster, are said to shed light on the true cause of the sinking — a topic that has been hotly debated over the years — by revealing the use of a range of substandard materials (and cost- cutting, dangerous shortcuts) during the building of the mighty ship. Using CG and colorizing techniques, the filmmakers animated the original stills taken at the shipyard to take viewers aboard and below decks.

The most shocking claim that the documentary presents is that the sinking was actually caused by a coal fire in conjunction with the iceberg. Two critical photos show a 30-foot long black streak, which experts cite as evidence that a fire in a coal bunker below deck caused serious damage, weakening the “unsinkable” ship’s hull in the same region where the iceberg later struck.

Senan Molony, an Irish journalist who has spent more than three decades studying the ship, supports the theory. “It’s a perfect storm of extraordinary factors coming together: fire, ice, and criminal negligence,” Molony says in the documentary, according to the New York Times. “The fire was known about, but it was played down. She should never have been put to sea.”

The documentary also presents claims that the ship’s owners knew about the fire but chose to ignore it to avoid financial ruin.

The titanic was the largest ship in the world when it set sail from Southampton to New York in 1912 and was designed in such a way that it was meant to be ‘unsinkable’. More than 1,500 people died when the ship, which was carrying 2,224 passengers and crew, sank in the Northern Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage.

The ship’s excessive speed didn’t give the crew much time to avoid the iceberg. According to published records, the crew was getting radio reports of icebergs from other ships. Then, why was the ship picking up speed through dangerous icy water and barreling head-first into an ice field, despite warnings to slow down? Why did the unsinkable ship sink so suddenly?

More than a century on from its fateful voyage, experts are still discovering more about what happened on board the Titanic. Journalist Senan Molony, who has spent more than 30 years researching the sinking of the Titanic, published new evidence that the sinking of the Titanic may have been caused by an enormous fire on board, not only by hitting an iceberg. He presented his research in a Channel 4 documentary entitled: Titanic: The New Evidence, screened on New Year’s Day in the U.K.

Molony studied rarely seen photographs taken by the ship’s chief electrical engineers before it left Belfast shipyard. Mr. Molony said he was able to identify 30-foot-long black marks along the front right-hand side of the hull, just behind where the ship’s lining was pierced by the iceberg. He claimed that the sinking of the Titanic may have been caused by an enormous fire on board. Experts subsequently confirmed the marks were likely to have been caused by a fire started in a three-story high fuel store behind one of the ship’s boiler rooms.

The documentary also presents claims that the ship’s owners knew about the fire but chose to ignore it to avoid financial ruin.

Your mention of Engines and Boilers readily brings to my mind the fragrant memory of RMS Titanic’s “engine room heroes” under the control of Joseph Bell, the Chief Engineer , who hailed from Liverpool and bravely sank with the ship.The evidence of their important role is that the “unsinkable” ship stayed afloat longer than it would  have done had they not sacrificed their lives for the good of others. I have mentioned the name of Bell as after the Titanic struck the iceberg, the 24 engineers, 6 electrical engineers, two boilermakers, a plumber and his clerk aboard the ship were all summoned to the engine room by Bell by means of a “watch off” emergency alarm call set off by a Bell located in the Engineers`accommodation.It is likely that many did not drown but were crushed to death as machinery and boilers broke free when the ship trimmed even deeper by the head; some would have been scalded as steam pipes broke free from the boilers still operating to keep the pumps and dynamos working. They died to a man doing their duty in the true spirit of Admiral Horatio Nelson inspiring signal “England expects that every man will do his duty” sent from his flagship HMS Victory as the Battle of Trafalgar was about to commence on 21st October,1805.You are no doubt aware of the fact that the gold braid insignia of rank worn by British  mercantile marine engineer officers on the sleeves of their uniform jackets has a purple background. This,I understand,was decreed by King George V  in recognition of the heroism shown by Titanic`s engineers,immortalised by the most imposing granite memorial dedicated to them which is located on Liverpool’s waterfront which you must have seen a “Liverpudlian” from the city of the “scouse” decribed as” the most splendid setting of any English city” which gave the RMS Titanic the inscription “Titanic,Liverpool” on it’s  stern,as well as it’s bell (which rung out when the ship collided with an iceberg on it’s maiden voyage),it’s portholes,it’s bridge and it’s fine china,including the distinctive cobalt blue first class dinner plates She was the largest ship ever built and yet her maiden voyage would  be her last.Treasure trove of long lost photographs have been unearthed.After a century of speculation,the true story of the Titanic.When the RMS Titanic was completed in 1912,she wasn’t just the biggest ship afloat,she was the largest man made object on earth.Over 850 feet long,100 hundred feet tall,she was capable of carrying 3,500 people on board on a single voyage.Forged in the docks of Belfast as an invincible symbol of British industry became the byword for catastrophe.For 2 hours after the collision the Titanic looked like that she would stay afloat well into the next day but then suddenly and inexplicably the ship plunged beneath the waves.Something catastrophic happened.But what?The answer was surely lost with the ship. Or so everybody thought! The effect of the fire on the bulkhead steel was catastrophic.John Diley a fireman and stokers who kept the hungry boilers fed with cold.The modern analysis underpins the story of the firemen.The coal bunker fire fatally weakened the steel. “From the day we sailed the Titanic was on fire.” The brittle bulkhead gave way.The failure of the fire damaged bulkhead was central to the huge loss of loss on the Titanic.1,5000 men,women and children plunged to their deaths in the icy Atlantic waters.It was  because of the bulkheads that the Titanic carried so few lifeboats. The most shocking aspect of this is that all this was available before the enquiry in 1912.So why has it taken so long to come to light? Its because the ship’s owners hid the truth. There is a culture of cover up within the White Star Line. Mersy made no mention of the fire. Chairman Bruce Ismay After surviving the most traumatic event of his life,he sent telegrams. He wanted the firemen brought back to England as quicklyand wanted them out of there. White Line didn’t say that all firemen had died. outand keep quite. At the British enquiry Lord Mersey, the Patron of the Shipbuilders Guild. didn’t call 57 firemen to the enquiry.He concluded that the disaster was an unavoidabke incident caused by excessive speed.The sory of the RMS Titanic is one of fire and ice! It took 105 years to finally reveal the true story of the Titanic. John Charles Bigham, 1st Viscount Mersey ,the reputed Liverpool born British jurist and politician and former Member of Parliament for Liverpool Exchange. In 1912, Mersey received his greatest fame when he was appointed by Lord Loreburn, the Lord Chancellor in the government of Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith, to head the inquiry commission into the sinking of the RMS Titanic. He was biased towards the Board of Trade and the major shipping concerns and cared too little about finding out why the ship sank.

– Anoop Bose, Advocate

Supreme Court of India

E-mail : bose.anoop@gmail.com

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