Did A Fire Contribute to the Titanic’s Demise?


On April 14, 1912, a lookout on the RMS Titanic called “Iceberg, right ahead!” Fewer than three hours later, the iconic ocean liner sank. Most people believe that the ship capsized due to that fatal collision, but according to The Independent, a new documentary posits that a large fire in one of the boiler rooms may have contributed to its demise.

Titanic: The New Evidence aired on New Year’s Day on British public-service television broadcaster Channel 4. It features journalist Senan Molony, who examined photos of the Titanic sitting in a shipyard in Belfast, Ireland, a little more than a week before its maiden voyage. Molony noted the presence of suspicious 30-foot-long black marks running alongside the hull’s front right side—right next to the spot where the iceberg gouged the ship.

Molony consulted with experts, who say the marks were likely made from a large…

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