Have passed one hundred years after the sinking of the Titanic, the most famous ocean liner in history and there are still mysteries to unravel. In recent days the debate has reopened as to whether the ship's collision was due to human error or, on the contrary, something inevitable. Many theories sound like fantasy and others are more realistic.
- The real reason for the sinking of the Titanic is still the mystery
One of the theories that transmits the most credibility is the one published by the writer Louise patten, granddaughter of the second officer in command of the Titanic, Charles Lightoller. According to this version, it would have been human error. Apparently, the first officer, William Murdoch, gave the order to turn "strong to starboardBut his subordinate, Robert Hitchins, he got the wrong address and, by the time he wanted to amend it, it was too late.
This error would be justified due to the historical context in which the accident occurred. At that time, many sailing ships still predominated and much of the Titanic crew it came from sailboats. Rudders work completely in reverse on steamships. If you wanted to turn to port, in the old system you had to turn the rudder to the right, while in the new one it was to the left.
Louise Patten's theory has also been called into question, especially since it took so many years to come out. The writer has defended herself, stating that they did not reveal it before to save the honor of her grandfather, who is considered a hero for his work in the evacuation of Dunkirk during the WWII.
Another explanation has been tried to give one of the experts in the sinking of the Titanic, Samuel Halpern. The specialist maintains that the first officer, William Murdoch, “He thought the ship could have avoided the iceberg without a route change so he waited 30 more seconds"In giving the order to turn the boat. This theory contradicts the official version and from the witnesses who claimed that Murdoch gave the order immediately.
Apart from these theses that would indicate a possible human failure as cause of sinking, there are also others that point to natural phenomena. Specifically, they bet that the Titanic could meet a mirage in the ocean. This argument is supported by Tim Maltin, a historian who has centered his career around the luxurious ship. He defends it based on witness statements, such as that of William Murdoch himself, who stated that he saw “like a haze on the horizon and that the iceberg came out of the haze”. The other ships, which came to the rescue of the ocean liner, they would also have reported similar visions.
However, there is one theory shared by all of the above: White Star Company President Joseph Ismay, ordered to keep the trip after colliding. This means that the water entered with greater pressure and speed, causing greater damage to the hull and a faster sinking than expected.
In any case, the fact that there are all these theories that are so far apart from each other makes it clear that the Titanic mystery will be alive for a long time. The contradictory statements in the official version, the enigmatic halo that surrounds the story and the legend that has been created about the ship and those who traveled on it, have turned the Titanic in an immortal treasure.
Passionate about History, he has a degree in Journalism and Audiovisual Communication. Since he was little he loved History and ended up exploring the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries above all.