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Did a solar flare cause the Titanic disaster ?

Posted on Thursday, 17 September, 2020 | Comment icon 10 comments

Even the slightest course change could have proven disastrous. Image Credit: Willy Stower - 1912
It is now believed that a geomagnetic storm interfered with the Titanic's navigation and communications.
Situated 13,000ft beneath the surface of the Atlantic, the wreck of the Titanic was discovered in 1985 and has since served as a humbling reminder of the disaster that claimed over 1,500 lives.

Many factors have been attributed to the string of events that lead to the iconic vessel's demise, including a lack of binoculars for the crow's nest and the fact that the ship's captain had insisted on speeding through a region known to contain icebergs.

Now however, a new study has highlighted another potential factor that may have tipped things over the edge - a geomagnetic storm produced by a solar flare that may have had an impact on the Titanic's navigational and radio capabilities.

"The Titanic struck an iceberg at 2340 ship time on April 14, 1912 (0310 UTC, April 15) in light winds and a relatively calm sea state," writes independent researcher Mila Zinkova.

"The Titanic's Fourth Officer Joseph Boxhall worked out the ship's SOS position. Boxhall's position was around 13 nautical miles (24 km) off their real position. "
"The rescue ship Carpathia received this wrong position, but somehow miraculously streamed directly to the Titanic's lifeboats. Both the error and correction may have been caused by the effect of space weather."

"It is considered here that a significant space weather event, in this instance a geomagnetic storm, was present during the period around the Titanic's disaster, with some impacts upon navigation and communication."

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.

"A negligible compass error, which might have resulted from the storm, could have placed the Titanic on the collision course," Zinkova wrote.

"The geomagnetic storm might have been partly responsible for the incorrect calculation of the Titanic's SOS position in both direct and indirect ways by influencing the compass, and by adding to the stress level of the navigators who performed the calculations."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by seanjo on 17 September, 2020, 14:22
Hitting an iceberg caused the disaster, did a solar flare affect the compasses is another question.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Scholar4Truth on 17 September, 2020, 16:03
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.
Comment icon #3 Posted by susieice on 17 September, 2020, 16:34
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.
Comment icon #4 Posted by TigerBright19 on 17 September, 2020, 18:57
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?    
Comment icon #5 Posted by susieice on 17 September, 2020, 20:36
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.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Mr.United_Nations on 18 September, 2020, 12:18
But why only the Titanic? 
Comment icon #7 Posted by stereologist on 18 September, 2020, 13:31
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. 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. They spot a flare from a life boat. 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. [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by docyabut2 on 19 September, 2020, 1:09
I just don't believe it was from sun flares, but just from hitting a ice burg ")
Comment icon #9 Posted by kartikg on 19 September, 2020, 14:05
All other ships would be also off course. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Jon the frog on 20 September, 2020, 19:02
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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