For 105 years, many had believed that the RMS Titanic sunk tragically in the Atlantic after being struck by an iceberg taking the lives of 1,500 passengers.
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.
Evidence shows that one of the Titanic’s coal burners caught fire ten days before the ship set sail
This fire would have weakened the hull by up to 75% and upon impact with the iceberg sliced its side apart. T he even worse fact is the ship’s crew knew about the damage, docked the Titanic to hide the markings, and chose to set sail without repairs.
Photographs of the Titanic purchased at an auction seem to back up the claim by showing a 30-foot black marking on the side of the hull. Wochit news goes deeper into the new evidence in the clip.
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.
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