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Facts About Titanic That Solved Mystery After 106 Years

For quite a long time after the calamity, there was little uncertainty about what sank the RMS Titanic. At the point when the “unsinkable” ship, the biggest, most lavish sea liner of its time, collided with an icy mass on its first journey in 1912, it took more than 1,500 of its 2,200 travelers to the base of ocean.

Questions arises that how a ship equipped with world class facilities of that time, sank just because of an Iceberg? Several researchers gave their own theories, some were accurate while some had predictions. Let’s discuss the most probable reasons that caused such a calamity to occur on the dark night of 14 April 1912. We at FactWish gathered the exact reasons that could have caused a loss of lives of over 1500 people in that dark ocean.

Dates: 14 Apr 1912 – 15 Apr 1912
Location: Atlantic Ocean
Cause: Collision with an iceberg on 14 April 1912
Outcome: Between 1,490 and 1,635 Deaths

 

 

1. Tides sent Icebergs Southward:

Last month, astronomers at Texas State University at San Marcos noted that the sun, the moon and Earth were aligned in such a way that could have led to unusually high tides in January 1912. They speculated that the tides could have dislodged icebergs that were stuck in the Labrador Sea, sending more of them toward the waters traversed by the Titanic a couple of months later.

Tides sent Iceberg southward

2. The Ship was Going Too Fast:

Many Titanicologists have said that the ship’s captain, Edward J. Smith, was aiming to better the crossing time of the Olympic, the Titanic’s older sibling in the White Star fleet. For some, the fact that the Titanic was sailing full speed ahead despite concerns about icebergs was Smith’s biggest misstep. “Simply put, Titanic was traveling way too fast in an area known to contain ice; that’s the bottom line,” says Mark Nichol, webmaster for the Titanic and Other White Star Ships website.

Ship going too fast

3. The Binoculars were Locked Up:

Corfield also says binoculars that could have been used by lookouts on the night of the collision were locked up aboard the ship — and the key was held by David Blair, an officer who was bumped from the crew before the ship’s departure from Southampton. Some historians have speculated that the fatal iceberg might have been spotted earlier if the binoculars were in use, but others say it wouldn’t have made a difference.

Binoculars were locked

4. Climate caused More Icebergs:

Weather conditions in the North Atlantic in 1912 were particularly conducive for corralling icebergs at the intersection of the Labrador Current and the Gulf Stream, due to warmer-than-usual waters in the Gulf Stream, Richard Norris of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography told Physics World. “Oceanographically, the upshot of that was that icebergs, sea ice and growlers were concentrated in the very position where the collision happened,” Norris said.

Climate caused more icebergs

5. There were too few lifeboats:

Perhaps the biggest tragedy is that there were not enough lifeboats to accommodate all of the Titanic’s more than 2,200 passengers and crew members. The lifeboats could accommodate only about 1,200 people — which was still in excess of the 1,060-person capacity that was the legal requirement for that time. “It seems that in 1912, in a way not dissimilar to our own box-ticking, responsibility-avoiding culture today, lack of effective oversight on the part of the authorities caused the consequences of the disaster to be much worse than they might have been,” Corfield wrote.

Few lifeboats

6. Feeble Shipbuilding Materials:

Materials researchers Tim Foecke and Jennifer Hooper McCarty have asserted the pieces holding together the steel plates toward the bow and the stern of the ship were made of low-quality iron bolts that could have broken all the more effectively upon crash.

Feeble shipbuilding components

7. Iceberg Cautioning Missed:

It has been said that senior radio administrator Jack Phillips did not go along the last, clearest warning about the icy mass to the ship’s skipper, Edward Smith. As far as anyone knows, the purpose behind the oversight was that the message did not have the prefix “MSG” (Masters’ Service Gram), which required a skipper to by and by recognize that he had gotten the message. In this way, Phillips considered it non-pressing, as indicated by a 2012 Physics World review.

Iceberg cautioning missed

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