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Did a solar flare cause the Titanic disaster?

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Scholar4Truth

Interesting theory, but where is the evidence? unless one can show that anything but an Iceberg caused the sinking of the titanic then its all assertions.

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susieice

They still ignored the ice warnings. Could their compasses have been off? Possibly. But you would need evidence of that and none of the surviving ships crew, especially Lightholler, has said anything like that.

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TigerBright19

Do the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) affect a ship's compass?  A Titanic survivor called Major Peuchen testified in America and said - "The Northern lights were very strong that night."  Would that mess about with the ship's compass and throw them off course?  The Titanic was supposed to be steaming west to America but the wreck is pointing North where the icebergs where located.  Was the ship lured towards its doom by mother nature?

 

 

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susieice
1 hour ago, TigerBright19 said:

Do the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) affect a ship's compass?  A Titanic survivor called Major Peuchen testified in America and said - "The Northern lights were very strong that night."  Would that mess about with the ship's compass and throw them off course?  The Titanic was supposed to be steaming west to America but the wreck is pointing North where the icebergs where located.  Was the ship lured towards its doom by mother nature?

 

 

I just found a forum that 's discussing this. I don't recall the northern lights being mentioned before but several survivors said they saw them. It was when they were in the lifeboats, after the sinking. I remember reading everyone saying the night was dark and full of stars. That's what the books about Titanic say.

https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/community/threads/when-did-the-northern-lights-appear.36043/

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Mr.United_Nations

But why only the Titanic? 

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stereologist

This idea sounds fishy to me. The night was clear and one of the stars that would have been visible was Polaris, the north star.

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While it isn't clear just how severe an impact the geomagnetic storm may have had on the ship's navigation, even the slightest change of course could have made all the difference.

That's a pretty vague statement. They might as well have stated that the compass was not properly calibrated.

This site gives an account of the arrival.

http://www.titanic-titanic.com/carpathia-to-titanics-rescue/

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By 3.30am, Carpathia had reached the exact position given by Titanic’s radio operator, but sickeningly, there was nothing to see. No ship. No lights. No lifeboats. Nothing.

They spot a flare from a life boat.

https://titanicfacts.net/carpathia/

At this site it states they traveled 56 miles to get to the site.

Here is a discussion of how the location was given incorrectly.

https://timmaltin.com/2019/04/08/titanic-distress-signal-position/

It's not a compass issue, it's a time issue. And the latter site mentions several places people got hints that there was a problem with the position as calculated by the officer on the Titanic.

Not seeing a mystery when more of the facts are presented.

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docyabut2

I just don't believe it was from sun flares, but just from hitting a ice burg ")

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kartikg

All other ships would be also off course. 

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Jon the frog

Whatever... they didn't have the Iceberg location. So planning a route at that time was going to Europe and not running aground... 

Navigating was working on a charts and approximative at a certain degree because of winds and current until landmarks... a couple degree of deviation was accurate more or less.

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DanL
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I don't think that anybody has inferred that the Titanic didn't sink as a result of it hitting an iceberg. The question is WHY. A well-seasoned captain and crew in an area known to occasionally have icebergs and the recent sightings and reports should have been enough to make them more careful.

What is the most likely theory, with some testimonial evidence, is that the Captain, having a new and powerful ship, wanted to set a new record for a transatlantic crossing. Instead of either slowing down or changing his course to a more southern and safer line he instead forged ahead.

There are also some indications that the Titanic had other problems. There was a fire aboard that night and the steel company that provided the steel for the construction of the Titanic didn't provide exactly the steel that they were contracted to sell. The difference in cost was small and the difference in the steel was small. That small difference though may have contributed to the speed that the Titanic went down.

We will never know all of the true facts of that disaster. Too many of the involved parties went down with the ship. Those that survived had no interest in accepting any blame and so any of the incriminating evidence that might have existed was lost and now only passed to us through repeated rumors of things said by people long gone.

The fact is that the disaster was a combination of poor judgment on the part of the Captain and just really bad luck. The odds of a ship hitting an iceberg in those waters was similar to having two men shoot at each other at the same time and the bullets hitting head-on. Thousands of square miles of ocean and two very small objects.

Part of what happened was an imbalance of technologies. The ship was traveling faster than the ship could turn in the time that was left when the iceberg was spotted. Without the modern ability to spot another object in the dark and at long distances, they had just overlapped the ability of the time. A few years later and radar would have prevented this sort of thing.

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