For years—literally, 105 of them—we've all been under the assumption that the first-class ship called the Titanic went down in a heap of misery after colliding with an enormous iceberg in the North Atlantic. Turns out, we all may have been told a massive lie.
That's because, according to experts, it wasn't an iceberg that sunk the Titanic, but a massive fire on board that caused over 1,500 people to die, which came about following new research, per The Independent.
While the cause of the disaster has long been attributed to the iceberg, fresh evidence has surfaced of a fire in the ship’s hull, which researchers say burned unnoticed for almost three weeks leading up to the collision.
While experts have previously acknowledged the theory of a fire on board, new analysis of rarely seen photographs has prompted researchers to blame the fire as the primary cause of the ship’s demise.
To further support the theory, a journalist who has researched the Titanic for over 30 years, Senan Molony, studied photos taken of the Titanic prior to it leaving the Belfast shipyard, with Molony discovering 30-foot-long black marks along the front right side of the hull, just behind where the ship was, allegedly, hit by the iceberg.
Add Molony: “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”.
The belief is that, the fire was so hot and uncontrollable, that the steel was too weak to sustain the impact from the iceberg, causing it to sink. Reportedly, officers on board were told by the president of the company that built the Titanic to keep the news of the fire hidden from the 2,500 passengers.
So, does this mean we've all been lied to and the course of history has been fictionalized? Maybe, because Molony doesn't believe an this was just an act of God.
Mr Molony said: “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.
“The fire was known about, but it was played down. She should never have been put to sea.”
Believe what you will, but, regardless, the ship still sunk, 1,500 innocent people lost their lives and, oh yeah, it was 105 years ago, so it might be too late to know the real story.