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Very interesting, Michael--John Eaton and Charles Haas included the claim that Titanic carried opium in her specie room in "Titanic: Destination Disaster." Of course they also perpetuated the 390904 "No Pope" Titanic hull number in that book, too...hmmm, that does make me suspicious.
 
I think that one of the reasons that some myths like this tend to survive is because they have the element of the plausible to go along with them.

Liners were known to carry gold bullion and other metal specie but for obvious reasons of security, they were not especially keen to advertise the fact. Much the same would apply to any other really valuable cargos. That doesn't mean that the Titanic did have any such aboard...and the evidence appears to be very much against it...but it wouldn't have been all that remarkable if she had.
 
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