For a long time it was considered that the cause of the disaster of the ” Titanic ” was a collision with an iceberg. A recent analysis of some rare photographs seems to confirm what the investigators surmised: the main cause of the loss of the ship turned out to be a fire, they write in the newspaper The Independent.
The journalist Shen Moloney (Senan Molony), who has been investigating the causes of the collapse of the “Titanic” for more than 30 years, studied the photographs taken by the ship’s engineers at the Belfast shipyard ” End Harland Wolfe “.
Shen said he had found black markings of 9 meters long along the right side of the front of the hull, just behind where the ship hit the iceberg. The experts confirmed that the tracks appeared after the fire that occurred in the fuel compartment of the ship. During the event, a team of 12 people tried to extinguish the flames, but the fire was too strong and it is believed that the temperature rose to 1,000 degrees centigrade.
According to experts, the fire occurred 10 days before the ship left Southampton. The officers on board received clear instructions from Joseph Bruce Ismay, the executive director of the company that built the “Titanic”, not to inform passengers about the fire.
” Nobody has investigated these traces. But they radically alter the story. We have specialists in metallurgy who told us that a high level of temperature leads to the fragility of steel and reduce its resistance up to 75 percent . “
Therefore, when the “Titanic” hit an iceberg, its steel cladding was so fragile that it was not able to withstand the impact and a breach was made in the hull. As a result, more than 1,500 passengers died.