- Jul 8, 1999
I have read so many conflicting and in some cases contradictory statements about the hatch covers in the bow area that I do not know what to believe. So as to understand this issue correctly, I have asked a few questions and request specific answers please.
- First off, what material were those hatch covers made out of?
- Second, how deep did the holds underneath go? Did they extend all the way to Orlop deck or were there different levels?
- Third, I have read that soon after the collision, the canvas cover over one of the hatches (I am not sure which) was tenting-up, indicating water entering the holds (which it did since the #1 and #2 holds flooded early). If this was the case, how was the displaced air getting past the closed hatch?
- Fourth, was there any air left in either hold when the bow went under? If not, the scenario described by Paul Quinn in his book Titanic At Two am where he describes increased water pressure on the submerged bow eventually caused catastrophic failure of those hatch covers with consequent sudden flooding of the forward holds could not have occurred since they would have already been flooded to the top.