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Did a solar flare cause the Titanic disaster?

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seanjo

Hitting an iceberg caused the disaster, did a solar flare affect the compasses is another question.

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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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