Curiosity What Sank Titanic?

It’s almost 100 years since the Titanic sank. We think we know the story but how much do we actually know? Drawing on detailed trial records that describe the sinking, we recreate both the science and human drama of one of history’s greatest stories.

Join The Conversation

10 Comments / User Reviews

Leave Your Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. the Titanic and Olympic, were not true sister ships.  The Titanic was Larger and had much more expensive furnishings .  the Titanic had 4 stacks ( 1 for show), the Olympic 3.  the Titanic was over 100 feet longer and 10,000 tons heavier.  Captain Smith was not a Jesuit, he was Angelican.  and the US federal reserve would not be effected at all by the loss of any British ship.  Michael Ryan got his facts intentionally wrong, hopefully for a laugh. not for a conspiracy fairy tale.

      This photograph shows Olympic and Titanic together in Belfast in March 1912. They were twin sisters, built from the same blueprints. Olympics’s dummy funnel was shared with Titanic, and the length of 882ft 9in, 92ft beam and 34ft draught. They are identical to the untrained eye, but there are a few key things to look out for:
      >When completed, Titanic’s A-deck promenade was enclosed by a glass screen at the forward end.
      >Olympic had promenades on both sides of A and B deck, whereas on Titanic, the cabins on B-deck were extended to the sides of the ship.
      >Thr bridge wings were extended slightly by about a foot each side
      >Key differences in woodwork and public room layouts.

      The differences made to Titanic meant that she grossed a further 1,000 tons – 46,000 rather than Olympics’s 45,000.

      You’ll also notice this deck plan of Titanic is also credited as Olympics’s, though the B-deck layout is from Olympic.

      I’ve not yet watched this documentary. Is it pushing the switch conspiracy? If so, it’s complete nonsense. You’d have to take everything for Olympic, from dishware to woodwork, and put that in storage, and then everything alloted for Titanic would be put into Olympic. You’d also have to silence your 15,000 shipbuilders.

      In 1907, the SS Suevic grounded off Land’s End, and she was salvaged by cutting off the bow, and Harland & Wolff just rebuilt it. No insurance scam is going to be worth more than extensive repairs or even sale for scrap metal.

  2. D-O, They steer it the wrong way from the command because before titanic, ships were steered with a tiller (some still are). In order to turn the ship to port, you move the tiller to starboard. The command is “helm to starboard.” (The “helm” being the actual steering mechanism.) It caused some confusion with each ship but the command stayed the opposite. There is a section on the ‘Tiller’ wikipedia page under ’tillers orders’ which goes into more detail.

  3. Is it me, or does the helmsman steer the wrong way at 5.09. Now I know why it sank…

  4. is it me or does he have one of the most boring voices

  5. I don’t think you have that right. Of was Paul Harvey with the rest of the story. At least here in the states.
    As for the first fellow, I.would be interested In your sources for those claims. It would explain things far better than just a seasoned captain throwing caution to the wind on the maiden voyage of a brand new ship design. That just doesn’t make sense at all. As to the Astor comment, well, it didn’t stop the fed from criminally existing.

  6. I swear i thought that was Nic Cage talking for a minute there hahahaha

  7. As one of my favourite radio announcers, Bob Hescutt used to say, signing off every broadcast with…”And now you know the rest of the story…”Excellent representation of what it must have been like for the crew as well as the passengers, showing the true tragedy of what it was like on board the Titanic, the night she went down…it was, “The next best thing to being there”…nice work!

  8. Whit Star Line owned 2 almost identical sister ships: The “Olympic” and the “Titanic”. Olympic was damaged in a collision with a British naval ship and was patched up in Belfast and was still leaning a bit on one side. For insurance fraud purposes, the ship names were switched overnight during repairs in Belfast and the ship that sunk was really the “Olympic” and the insurance paid out 5 days later for the “Titanic”. The captain (a Catholic Jesuit whose oath includes cutting open pregnant women) had 20 years experience on the Atlantic route but deliberately steamed full speed into an iceberg to kill off Lord Astor and others opposed to creating the so called “Federal” Reserve Bank. The official enquiries were cover-ups.

    • Don’t be silly. Insurance scams are more of a modern innovation. You don’t just swap sister ships. But don’t let facts get in the way of your murder mystery story.