Titanic mishap: fire the real reason, claims documentary

Press Trust of India London | Updated on January 12, 2018 Published on January 01, 2017


The real reason for Titanic’s tragic sinking — that claimed over 1,500 lives in 1912 — was a fire in the ocean liner’s boiler room, and not simply a collision with a giant iceberg, a new documentary has claimed.

The Titanic’s hull was fatally weakened by a fire that had been smouldering in the coal bunker in the boiler room since she left the shipyard in Belfast, Irish journalist and author Senan Molony has claimed in the documentary.

Photographs of the ship with a dark mark on her hull before she left Southampton — at the same spot the iceberg struck — support the theory, Molony, who has spent 30 years researching the disaster, was quoted as saying by The Times.

He claimed that J Bruce Ismay, President of the company that built the ship, and the man forever branded a coward for taking one of the few lifeboat places, knew about the fire but downplayed its significance in the aftermath. In Molony’s documentary, Titanic: The New Evidence to be broadcast on Channel 4, he suggests that the prolonged fire subjected the partitions, or bulkheads, in the hull to temperatures in excess of 1,000°C, making the hull so weak and brittle that, what should have been a minor collision became a catastrophe.

“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,” Molony was quoted as saying. He points to dark marks that can be seen on the starboard side in a set of photographs that came to light in a private auction recently.

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Published on January 01, 2017
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