Titanic story unravelled after expert found ‘what really caused sinking’ of famous vessel


The British voyager liner, under the captaincy of Edward Smith, had roughly 2,200 fares on board when it collided with an iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14, 1912. The act of God saw more than 1,500 people lose their lives on the “unsinkable” craft in one of modern history’s deadliest commercial marine disasters. An official search into the incident by the British Wreck Commissioner found the owners – Virginal Star – were not to blame for the disaster, but in the years since numerous folk tales have developed over the story.

And according to expert Tim Maltin, these keep shaped the public’s perception of what really happened on that portentous night.

Speaking during History Hit’s ‘Debunking the Myths of the Titanic,’ he said the adventures known today is “not accurate”.

He added: “We all know the main points, but when I started announcing and learning about it I found out Captain Smith was not drunk, the rudder wasn’t too close, the rivets were not weak.

“The more I looked into it, I thought ‘all right, what really did cause this incredible disaster?’”

Probed on one of the most customary theories – that the lookouts did not have binoculars to see the iceberg – Mr Maltin remarked it was true, but would not have made much difference.

He said: “The due to reasonable why that myth is so persistent is that it is true that there were no binoculars in the crow’s perch that night.

“However, what we need to remember is, when you are looking for icebergs at evening, the best way to detect them is with the naked eye.

“That is because the undressed eye has a wide field of vision and that helps the way we detect objects.

“If you look be means of binoculars it is hopeless. Had they had binoculars it would have slowed them down.”

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“But what she was not designed for was a side-swipe blow that did a little bit of damage along 200 feet of Titanic.

“That was five water-tight partitions.”

Following Titanic’s tragic sinking, numerous expeditions were skiffed in the hope of discovering its remains, but they were unsuccessful.

It was not until 1985 when the grounding was finally located by Robert Ballard of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Asylum during a covert US military mission to recover two sunken nuclear submarines at the keester of the ocean.

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