There is a new theory surrounding the infamous doomed ocean liner, the RMS Titanic. The ship, known to be “indestructible,” went down in the middle of the Atlantic halfway through its maiden voyage back in 1912.
For more than a century historians (not to mention James Cameron) have believed that the captain traveled too quickly through a known iceberg field. After striking an iceberg, the unsinkable ship quickly sank to the bottom of the Atlantic. But now one journalist believes a fire in the deep underbelly of the ship is to blame.
Titanic: The New Evidence is a new documentary supposedly debunking the iceberg theory, and the special aired across the U.K. on New Year’s Day. Self-described “Titanic Expert” Senan Molony believes that a fire in one of the ship’s coal bunkers during the first days of the voyage was responsible for causing damage to the ship’s hull. Molony believes the true damage of the hull was only exacerbated when it reached the iceberg.
In quite a dramatic statement, Molony said that this new theory can change how we envision the final, fateful night when 1,500 passengers and crewmembers died in the freezing Atlantic waters. As reported to The Daily Star, Molony explains his viewpoint by saying:
“The official Titanic inquiry branded it [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.”
While it seems a bit farfetched — and it is, as the iceberg in question was photographed as being the size of a small boat itself — this new conspiracy theory has sparked a lot of outrage among diehard Titanic fans.
That’s why an international team of experts has come together to do their own research in order to set the record straight. Maritime researcher J. Kent Layton has debunked this fire theory conclusively in hopes of restoring the true history of this famous ship.
“It’s important to maintain the integrity of the historical record. The Titanic disaster touched many lives; its effects can still be felt today. We owe it to the memory of those whose lives were changed, or even ended, by the tragedy, to preserve their history to the best of our ability,” Layton says.
The Titanic was considered a massive ship for its time, as it was both a passenger and cargo ship. Nowadays, the Titanic would be quite small compared to the typical cruise ship. Of course, modern ocean travelers are more likely to sail the seas aboard personal yachts. On average, yachts can range from about 35 feet in length up to 160 feet, and anything larger would be considered a “Superyacht.”
Amidst all this controversy, new colorized photos of the ship have been produced in hopes of giving Titanic fans a little glimpse of what the ship looked like in its time. Pictures of the construction of the ship, the engine room, the first class gym, the first class dining rooms, and the iconic double-wide staircase can now all be seen in technicolor online.