When the makers of the most luxurious, large and beautiful ship titanic decided to make it, less did they know that the ship will be in the news for the acumen no one ever dreamt of! So, indeed The Titanic sank and back then, it was the iceberg which was considered the culprit. It had more than 1500 passengers aboard who lost their lives, and it was on route to New York from Southampton in April 1912.
When, the inquiry into the disaster was presented to the Parliament in the year 1912, it mentioned that the ship was travelling at a high speed, amidst the fatal icy waters, thus, the crew could not avoid the collision with the iceberg.
However, journalist Senan Molony has something else to add. In fact, he also has evidence for the same. Senan Molony is a journalist. He has spent 30 years researching and analyzing the sinking of The Titanic.
What are the evidences?
He has studied the photographs, which were taken by the chief electrical engineer of the ship, before it left the Belfast Shipyard.
What are the conclusions?
In accordance with Mr. Molony:
- He could identity 30 foot long black marks along the front hand side of the hull.
- They were found just at the back of the ship’s lining, which was later pierced by the iceberg. He said- “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”.
- In consonance with the experts there is a likelihood that the marks had been caused due to a fire which initiated in a three-storey high fuel store, which was at the back of the boiler rooms of the ship.
- It is also said that a team of 12 men was deployed to put off the flame; however, the fire was too large to control and reached a temperature of almost 1000 degree Celsius.
- This is the prime reason, that when the iceberg struck the Titanic, the steel hull was weak, which led to the lining of the ship to disrupt completely.
- Even the officers on board knew about it. However, they were under strict instruction from the President of the company who made The Titanic- Bruce Ismay, to not mention the same to any of the ship’s 2,500 passengers.
This entire research pursued by the Mr. Molony, has been broadcasted in a Channel 4 documentary, as Titanic: The New Evidence. In this, he claimed that in Southampton, the ship was reversed so that the passengers could not see damage made to the side of the ship, post the ongoing fire.
Mr. Molony said- “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.”
And, if the evidences are to be believed, so many lives could have been saved!