A journalist, Senan Melony, forwards a new theory about how “The Titanic” sank more than a century ago. Titanic researcher, Senan Melony states that photos from John Kempster (Chief Electrical Engineer) point to a violent fire onboard. Melony believes a massive fire broke out damaging the structure before the Titanic left Southampton. Unfortunately, this fire mishap made the iceberg crash more lethal than it should have otherwise been.
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How did Melony Claim That a Fire Accident Damaged the Titanic?
Notably, Melony refers to one specific photo which portrays a black mark where the actual fire broke out at Belfast’s shipyard. John Kempster(Chief Engineer) took these pictures a week before the iconic ship set sail for America in April 1912.
Robert Essenhigh(GSA) described how a potential bunker fire might contain clues why Titanic rammed the iceberg at top speed. Moreover, Titanic’s chief designer paid more attention to passenger comfort and not for speed.
All in all, many Titanic experts believe that the coal bunker fire accident needs more analysis and research.
Potential Factors Responsible for the “Titanic” Disaster
The speed of the Titanic – Another important factor responsible for the ship’s maiden horror includes the speed of the Titanic at the time of the accident.
Missing crucial ice-berg warning – It’s widely rumoured that Jack Philips( radio operator) failed to pass the last critical warning to Edward Smith. Jack Phillips’s message failed to contain the prefix Master’s Service Gram or MSG. Every message that carries an MSG tag implies that the captain personally acknowledges the receipt of the message.
Therefore, senior radio operator Jack Philips considered it non-urgent.
A likely wrong turn – Louise Patten, grand-daughter of Charles Lightoller (senior surviving officer), mentions that Lightoller told them a devastating news. According to reports, Lightoller told that a crew member operated the ship “the wrong path”. Unfortunately, the cruise liner operated under two communications network at that time. As per reports, an instruction to move ‘hard-a-starboard’ suggest turning the ship left under one network. In another network, it meant right.
However, this contradictory communication pattern did more harm than expected.
Furthermore, to add, before the right move happened, the disaster struck.
1912 Climatic conditions – The NYT paper published that the sea behaved rough and icy that year. Moreover, in 2012, scientists and researchers belonging to San Marcos’s- Texas State University remarked about a rare celestial event. Researchers argue that a lunar event could have placed the iceberg in the Titanic’s path.
Cheap quality shipbuilding materials – Material scientists Jennifer and Tim claim that low-quality iron screws gave way during the collision.
Lack of premium binoculars – Researchers also claim that the crew lacked enough binoculars to view the iceberg in advance.
Shortage of lifeboats – Many researchers argue that more lives could have been saved if sufficient lifeboats had been available. As per information received, 1718 passengers found it really difficult to manage with just 20 lifeboats.
Overall, the epic Titanic disaster still holds the attention of the audience more than 100 years after its downfall.