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How much energy did the bow hit bottom

Discussion in 'Collision / Sinking Theories' started by sir john adams, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. Why do things we can see inside the bow. Look as if the bow simply feel a few feet. Instead of plummeting more than 2 miles to the bottom of the ocean. Even on the Mantle's of the cabins even when it did survive the fall how did it survive the impact without falling off. And impact that was enough to burst at least one hole in the hull.
  2. Kyle Naber

    Kyle Naber Member

    The impact crushed the bow into the sediment which made that hole you mentioned and absorbed a lot of that energy like when a car is involved in a head on collision. The front of the car is designed to crumple up and fold in on itself to absorb as much energy as possible to reduce the effects on the driver and passengers. This was similar in Titanic’s case, except this sort of a thing wasn’t kept in mind during designing the bow ;) Also, those areas you mentioned flooded very slowly which made it possible for those objects to remain in relatively good condition and placement.
  3. Aaron_2016

    Aaron_2016 Member

    My understanding is, the bow descended at a slight downward angle which caused her to dive forwards and some distance away from the rest of the ship, and when the bow approached the seabed it ploughed into the sand at a forward angle, digging and compressing her bow in as she skidded forward in the sand until she came to a full stop. Perhaps the impact caused the support columns in the broken end to fall which caused the decks at the back to fall.

    The bow was also fighting against the current which pushed the coal south of the wreck as it descended. The currents probably slowly down the speed of the bow's descent as it journeyed northwards before her bow made contact with the seabed.


    Titanic sank roughly inside the red circle. The coal was carried south by the current and the bow travelled north and probably ploughed bow first into the sand.


    Last edited: Oct 11, 2017
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  4. PRR5406

    PRR5406 Member

    I think your explanation and diagram pretty much show it. The amount of debris around the stern makes me think it fell directly under the sinking point, whereas the bow section planed off a substantial distance. Was any bow debris found around the stern impact area?
  5. Kyle Naber

    Kyle Naber Member

    Hardly any. The bow section is relatively intact apart from the aft section which has collapsed.
  6. Aaron_2016

    Aaron_2016 Member

    When Dr. Ballard discovered the wreck they first located a boiler on the seabed and realized it came from the Titanic. What puzzles me is, the boilers were located in the debris field close to the stern section, but Ballard did not find the stern for quite a while. After finding the boiler he found the bow section and sent pictures back of her condition to the news networks around the world and during his first press interview he said they could not find the stern - "We're still looking for it." But the location of the boiler should have been pretty close to the stern, and yet they found the bow before they found the stern. This is something that always puzzled me. Was there a boiler close to the bow?

    Last edited: Oct 12, 2017
  7. Kyle Naber

    Kyle Naber Member

    It’s simply the direction they chose to travel in. If they had turned around a traveled just a little bit, they would have found it.