If we judge the gravity of a disaster at sea by the number of people who died, the loss of the Titanic falls short of deserving the dubious distinction of being The Greatest Shipwreck of all Time and yet, somehow, that failed trans-Atlantic liner that never crossed an ocean, and whose career lasted only five days, has captured the imaginations of millions across the world. One might be forgiven for believing there isn’t a single person on the planet who has not heard of the Titanic and who does not know all the facts surrounding its loss.
However, there is a worm eating away at the Titanic apple and it is this …. when most of the "facts" everyone knows about the Unsinkable Ship and the disaster that sank it are scrutinized, it is (quickly) discovered that many of them are not facts at all, but myths and legends and – in some notable cases – outright and very deliberate lies. The Titanic may well be one of the most written about subjects (even if it isn’t the greatest maritime disaster), but it is, too, one about which a vastly disproportionate number of myths and lies have been (and, sadly, continue to be) peddled as “Truth” despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. And maybe the most surprising and controversial of all is the fact that the chunk of ice the ship ran into did not sink it.
It is time to acquit the iceberg.
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