A new documentary slams the popular theory that an iceberg crash caused one of the deadliest maritime disasters in modern history.
Instead it claims a fire in one of the ship’s coal bunkers was responsible for causing serious damage to the hull where the iceberg later hit.
Journalist Senan Molony, who has dedicated 30 years to researching the disaster, makes the claims in a new documentary Titanic: The New Evidence, which is set to air on TV on New Year’s Day.
“This isn’t a simple story of colliding with an iceberg and sinking”
He claims the searing heat of the fire weakened the hull to the point that any impact — such as a minor collision with an iceberg — would cause serious damage.
More than half of the 2,224 passengers and crew members lost their lives when disaster struck in the early hours of April 15, 1912.
The “unsinkable” ship had set off on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York with some of the wealthiest people in the world on board.
As well as hundreds of immigrants making their way to North America for work, passengers included property tycoon John Jacob Astor IV and millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim.
Captained by Edward Smith, the ship sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg four days into the journey near the coast of Newfoundland near Canada.
But unlike most historians have agreed, Mr Molony believes the disaster was caused by more than just a crash.
He told The Times: “The official Titanic inquiry branded it [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.”
Mr Molony claims the fire had been raging in the lowest deck since they left Belfast.
The documentary on Channel 4 includes pictures showing dark marks on one side of the ship which Mr Molony claims were caused by the fire.
Earlier this year a creepy fan theory emerged about the classic 1997 film of The Titanic’s tragic story starring Katie Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.
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