Titanic sinking theory challenged by researchers

The RMS Titanic was one of the largest ships of its time.

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

The RMS Titanic was one of the largest ships ever built in 1912. She was thought to be an unsinkable ship, but near midnight on April 14, 1912, the massive boat collided with an iceberg and tragically sunk to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. According to a new study, however, the series of events may be even more fantastical than previously thought.

Experts used to think that during the time Titanic was sailing in the North Atlantic, the ocean was littered with icebergs left and right. Theorists thought there were more of these ice chunks floating because of strange lunar activity, where freakishly high tides brought more pieces of ice close to the ship’s path. However, the new study says otherwise.

The researchers analyzed iceberg records dating all the way back to 1913. They found that while there were still significant amounts of bergs floating around, it was nowhere near the mega crowd theorists imagined. In fact, there are about five times more icebergs in the North Atlantic Ocean today than there were more than a century ago.

The scientists also created a computer simulated model for the iceberg that took down the hulking ship. Their model indicates that the chunk was about 1,640 feet when it broke off, but melted down to a mere 325 feet when it collided with the ship.

This new study makes the ship’s sinking more mysterious and tragic. Titanic was carrying 1,959 passengers when she set sail. More than 1,200 died in the frigid waters, leaving only about 700 individuals with their lives.

Featured image courtesy of scmikeburton. Image of Titanic graphic courtesy of Elsie esq on Flickr.