Over 104 years ago, the massive ship Titanic was speeding along the ice laden coast of Newfoundland when it collided with an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. But is it fair to put all the blame on the iceberg? New evidence has emerged to suggest that another element could have played an immense role in the Titanic’s ill fate. A photograph found in an attic in Wiltshire, southwest England, shows a 30-foot-long diagonal black mark on the starboard side of the Hull close to where the ship was pierced by the iceberg. What could’ve caused such a mark? Engineers at Imperial College London have analyzed the photos and determined the mark to be most likely caused by a coal fire in one of the three story bunkers. This coincides with another source of information, an official British inquiry. The inquiry unveiled that a fire had started in the Titanic’s coal stores 10 days before the ship even departed, and continued burning for several more days into its voyage. This fire would not have been a roaring fire as one might think, but more of a slow burn similar to that of hot coal in a grill. Over the period of 12 to 13 days however, it is speculated this constant heat would have greatly weakened the iron bulkheads and the hull causing them to become brittle. Add a ship traveling at high speed and a large iceberg and you have a recipe for disaster.
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