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Fire Sank The Titanic

Fire Sank The Titanic

The sinking of the RMS Titanic may have been caused by a fire in its boiler room. The new theory relies on a study of rare images. It adds the fire was kept a secret and had been on even before the ship had left Belfast port, five days before the iceberg crash.

Fire In The Hull - According to a new documentary, the Titanic's hull was fatally weakened by a fire that had been smoldering in the coal bunker in the boiler room since she left the shipyard in Belfast.

Negligence - Journalist Senan Molony, who spent 30 years studying the sinking, says J. Bruce Ismay, president of the company that built the ship, knew about the fire but downplayed its significance in the aftermath.

Weakened Partitions - In Molony's documentary, Titanic: The New Evidence, he says the prolonged fire subjected the partitions, or bulkheads, in the hull to temperatures in excess of 1,000C, making the hull so weak and brittle that what should have been a minor collision became a catastrophe.

The Proof

  • Photographs of the ship with a dark mark on her hull before she left Southampton at the same spot the iceberg struck - support the theory, Senan Molony has claimed in the documentary.
  • The firemen on Titanic had confirmed to investigators that fire was still burning in the boiler room when the ship departed from Southampton on April 10, 1912. 
The official Titanic inquiry branded [the sinking] as an act of God. This isn't a simple story of colliding with an iceberg and sinking. It's a perfect storm of extraordinary factors coming together: fire, ice and criminal negligence.  - Senan Molony