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Titanic mystery solved: Expert finds what 'really' caused sinking after six-year probe

The devastating disaster has been the subject of a lot of mystery after the famous ship went down on April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg, during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK, to New York City. However, many have questioned why no one on the ship had spotted the iceberg until it was too late. Tim Maltin, a British author, historian and TV presenter, spent more than six years trawling through the first-hand account of those who survived the disaster.

He believes that the ship sank as a result of an optical phenomenon known as a mirage that prevented the crew from spotting the iceberg.

Asked by Science Digest what “really caused the sinking,” Mr Maltin noted that at the time, a number of reasons were given, many of which he debunked in his probe.

He said: “What’s fascinating is that there were a number of reasons given at the time, people said Captain Smith was drunk, so I investigated that and found that he never drank at sea.

“So I’m thinking, it wasn’t that Captain Smith was drunk, it wasn’t that the rudder was too small, it wasn’t about not having binoculars, it wasn’t that the rivets weren’t strong enough, it wasn’t the fire that caused such damage that it then sank.”

The main clue he noted from all the testimonies was that many passengers and officers described it as “the clearest night in history,” which contradicted the lookouts who recorded a “haze” around the horizon.

He continued: “This led me to the discovery that there was a haze, and it was the clearest night in history because there is a thing called a miraging haze which looks like a haze but it’s not caused by water droplets like a normal haze.

“It’s caused by the amount of air you can see through on a really really clear night.

“So if you can see 80 miles when you can normally see 20, they would get this haze effect which was really light scattering in the molecules in the depth of air they could see through.”




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