Everyone knows the plot of Titanic, right? Leonardo DiCaprio charms the pants off Kate Winslet and draws her in the nude whilst on an ocean-liner, which then hits an iceberg and sinks, taking Leo’s life with it. Of course, the film is based on the very real events of April 1921 when RMS Titanic sink en route from Southampton to New York. More than 1,500 people lost their lives.
It is a widely held belief that the Titanic sank due to the ship hitting an iceberg. But new evidence has now emerged and it doesn’t quite fit with James Cameron’s retelling of the story.
So, what happened? Journalist Senan Molony spent more than 30 years researching the sinking of the Titanic, and thinks he has the answer.
Find out what really happened to the Titanic on the next page. It has been revealed that the sinking of the Titanic may not be a result of a collision with an iceberg. Journalist Senan Molony studied photographs taken by the ship’s chief electrical engineers before it left Belfast shipyard and found some undiscovered black marks along the right-hand side of the boat which were up to 30 feet in length. Molony stated: “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”.
“Nobody has investigated these marks before,” Molony continued. “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.” Following these claims, experts confirmed that the marks were likely to have been caused by a fire in a fuel store behind the ship’s boiler rooms. When the Titanic struck the iceberg, the steel hull was weak enough to be pierced and torn open.
Molony stated: “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” I know, I know. You’re just as devastated as Kate Winslet in the above photo to find out that Titanic didn’t simply hit an iceberg. On the plus side, this throws the door wide open for a Titanic 2. Someone call James Cameron immediately. No one needed an Avatar 2 anyway.