The Titanic was thought to be an unsinkable fortress, but more than 1,500 people lost their lives when the ship hit an iceberg and sank during its maiden voyage to New York in April of 1912. The accident is regarded as one of the most notorious maritime tragedies in history, but what we know about how the ship made its way to a watery grave may not be one hundred percent accurate.
Experts have previously agreed upon the theory that there was a fire on board the ship that helped lead to its demise, but no one was sure how instrumental of a role, if any, the fire played in the sinking of the Titanic. Now researchers are pointing to the fire as the primary cause of the ship going down.
Senan Molony is an Irish Journalist who has spent more than 30 years researching the Titanic and studying photos taken by chief electrical engineers before the ship left Belfast shipyard. Through his analysis, Molony was able to notice the 30-foot long black marks on the ship's hull, behind the lining where the ship would eventually be pierced by the iceberg.
He believes that these marks are a sign of damage or weakness exactly where the ship took the hit from the iceberg even before the the ship sailed. Experts confirmed that the marks were caused by a fire that started in the three-story fuel store behind one of the boiler rooms. A twelve man team unsuccessfully attempted to extinguish the flames before temperatures reached up to 1,000 degrees Celsius, which subsequently caused the steel to weaken significantly.
J Bruce Ismay, the president of the company that built the Titanic, gave instruction to officers on board not to mention the fire to passengers. Molony even believes that the Titanic was reversed into the shipyard in order to prevent passengers from seeing the damage from the fire prior to boarding the ship.
With all this information the ship should have never set sail in the condition that it did. This is a huge deal because it totally changes the narrative of the Titanic's demise from an act of God to criminal negligence.
What I'm wondering is, when will this Titanic story hit theaters?