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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 02:09 PM

www.telegraph.co.uk said:

For 100 years it has shouldered the blame for the sinking of the Titanic but now the much-maligned iceberg could be partially forgiven after scientists identified a new culprit the moon.

Although a collision with a vast tower of ice ultimately brought the passenger liner to its sticky end, it was a freak lunar event three months earlier that put the obstacle in its path, a new study claims.

An incredibly rare combination of astronomical factors including the closest approach of the moon to Earth in 1,400 years caused an unusually high tide in January 1912, researchers found.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 03:17 PM

So how come they haven't put this to the test?

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 03:25 PM

View PostErix, on 06 March 2012 - 03:17 PM, said:

So how come they haven't put this to the test?

Because it is quite secondary, the main errors were not heading the iceberg warning and changing to a more southern course and not reducing the speed in an iceberg zone. Both of them are standard nautical procedures and would most likely have avoided the catastrophe (naturally the Titanic would not have gotten the blue ribbon as fastest Atlantic crossing vessel).

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 12:11 PM

Are they still obsessing about the Titanic? Why?

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 02:29 PM

Quite plausible. But where is the graviton? Wait... I thing I have one right here... well, nope. Cheetos.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 02:54 PM

Next thing you know they'll be saying the russians put the iceburg there...

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 06:23 PM

View PostMikami, on 07 March 2012 - 02:54 PM, said:

Next thing you know they'll be saying the russians put the iceburg there...

Well, if you say "The Moon put the iceberg there"  .... blaming it on the russians does seem more plausible  :devil:


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Posted 07 March 2012 - 08:22 PM

Actually I always thought it was poor judgement & big egos that sunk that ship,& just out of curiosity couldn't they have put people on the iceberg till the rescue boats came,& maybe then had a chance of saving more people.?

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:14 PM

Ha Ha HA Ha,watta loada she-hit.The Alantic currents are the same regardless of the moons gravitational pull or spring tides,The write up from a surviving Bridge Officer,quoted that the Owner of the vessel wanted the Atlantic Blue Riband,a valued staus symbol them days,so He ordered the Captain (a very senior man) to maintain full speed,even though they knew that there were icebergs in the area,Why the Captain didnt disobey the owner,who wasnt a seaman,will never be known.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:47 AM

Or maybe it was... human error? Call me a conspiracy theorist but that is what I think.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:51 AM

wow,they would rather blame the Moon than a Capt that didn't do his job.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:37 AM


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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:06 AM

I saw this on my news service today and I agree. How the icebergs got where they were is irrelevant. If they had plotted the warnings that they received they would have seen their way was blocked by an icefield miles long from the north to south of their position. They ignored the warnings and went full speed into disaster. Human error and nothing more. Well yes, conceit and the desire to make the Titanic's maiden voyage across the Atlantic the fastest on record.
I often wondered how they didn't see any ice before striking the berg that they did. From the pictures taken in the daylight during the rescue by the Carpathia it looks as though there were quite a few bergs in that immediate area. The Captain of the Carpathia has even said he had to avoid some to reach the Titanic survivors. Captain Lord of the Californian said he was stopped because his way was blocked by a solid icefield. Here's a Wikilink. Scroll down to the rescue section.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:09 AM

View PostThe Unseen, on 08 March 2012 - 12:51 AM, said:

wow,they would rather blame the Moon than a Capt that didn't do his job.

Its the captain of Costa Concordia's hope.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 08:56 PM

View Postjesspy, on 08 March 2012 - 11:09 AM, said:

Its the captain of Costa Concordia's hope.

Ah but that one was due to Neptune aligning with his ineptitude!

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