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Titanic sunk by steering blunder

By T.K. Randall
September 23, 2010 · Comment icon 9 comments



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According to a new book the Titanic sunk due to a basic steering blunder rather than from not seeing the iceberg.
The revelation comes almost 100 years after the event and had been kept secret by the family of the most senior officer to survive the disaster. It was also revealed that if the ship had stayed put instead of carrying on after hitting the iceberg that it would have stayed afloat long enough for everyone to be rescued.
According to a new book, the ship had plenty of time to miss the iceberg but the helmsman panicked and turned the wrong way. By the time the catastrophic error was corrected it was too late and the side of the ship was fatally holed by the iceberg.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (9)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Eldorado 13 years ago
The latest, in a long line, of documentaries I've seen on the subject put the main blame on the quality of the rivets used on the hull. Although the programme was sensible enough to concede that a combination of chance and human error led to the tragedy.
Comment icon #2 Posted by ThePitOfReason 13 years ago
Yea it sounds to me like someone just wanting to sell a book. All of her real creditable witnesses are dead and now she thinks is a good time to make a profit off a family secret. Well keep it and give all the money you make from your book to charity then I might buy into the idea.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Raptor Witness 13 years ago
There's some credibility here. For one thing, an error like this is very reasonable, given the deion of the reason. It's not something you would expect to be made up by an inexperienced navigator, and it's not a theory I've heard before ... not to say someone hasn't mentioned it, someplace. Second, and perhaps most important is the ten minutes makes perfect sense, regardless of blame, because they assumed that they could still navigate, even if they had some damage. I would expect more marvelous tales if this were just someone wanting to sell a book. It's not much to make a book out of, really... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Corp 13 years ago
"Oh turn away from the iceberg. My bad."
Comment icon #5 Posted by BiffSplitkins 13 years ago
Well, at least it wasn't some stupid consipracy theory saying that the United States government blew a hole in the side of the ship and the rivets were coated with thermite or something.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Psychosis The Juggalo 12 years ago
"Oh turn away from the iceberg. My bad." Well, at least it wasn't some stupid consipracy theory saying that the United States government blew a hole in the side of the ship and the rivets were coated with thermite or something. OK THOSE where hilarious. Now, I mentioned this article in chat and someone said "Maybe it is a stir to make money" well Maybe it is a stir to make money, but at the expense of a war hero? That's bullsh*t. And where are all her witnesses? No one in the family is alive who witnessed it. In fact, I don't think there are any survivors of the Titanic left alive period, thou... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by psychoticmike 12 years ago
there are so many theorys like the men in the crows nest didn't have binoculars, or the rivits i don't think we will ever know for sure what really all went wrong that caused it to sink
Comment icon #8 Posted by danielost 12 years ago
Well, at least it wasn't some stupid consipracy theory saying that the United States government blew a hole in the side of the ship and the rivets were coated with thermite or something. your talking hindenburg, and that was supposedly accidently coated with thermite. they didnt know what thermite was then. so they put the ingredents for it when they painted it. but mythbusters disproved it.
Comment icon #9 Posted by electro13 12 years ago
Just bad luck thats all.


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