Missing mid section of Titanic wreck

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John E. Smith

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The middle section is scattered in large chunks towards the northeast as the current pushed in that direction. I believe the middle section probably detached from the bow and stern and sank mostly intact and gradually broke up as it descended down towards the seabed and was carried towards the northeast with the current and landed far away from the stern which was heavier and would not have been pushed so easily by the current towards the north east.


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Survivor Carrie Chaffee saw the ship break into three.

"The ship sank steadily until just at the last, when it plunged rapidly. Just before going down it seemed to writhe (twist), breaking into the three parts into which it was divided. First the middle seemed to go down, lifting bow and stern into the air. Then it twisted the other way, throwing the middle up. Finally the bow went under, and it plunged, stern last."

Her account gives us a good idea as to how chaotic the break up was as the ship buckled and broke apart. Mrs. Hippach was in the same lifeboat (lifeboat 4) and saw something very similar. They were very close to the ship during the break up.

"The boat listed so much to one side (port list) that I felt sure we would be swamped. When we had rowed about 150 yards away from the Titanic we heard a fearful explosion. I saw the ship split open. At the same time the ship's bow rose up in the air as the steamer sank towards the center."

I recall another account from a UK paper taken when the survivors reached England. They witnessed the ship break into three and believed the middle section stayed afloat longer than the bow and stern. This could explain why large chunks of the middle section are far to the north east of the wreck, because it stayed up longer and drifted away with the current and sank further away from the rest of the ship.



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I can identify 3 of those objects: the two double bottom pieces and the deckhouse of the 3rd funnel. But what are the other 3 pieces and where are they from
 
Itsstillthinking

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One of them i believe is the "Aft Tower" from the Aft Grand staircase
 
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John E. Smith

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Also, what happened to the coal bunker between Boiler Room 1 & Boiler Room 2?
 
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This video clip discusses the coal that fell out of the bunkers when the Titanic broke.

Skip to 2:30

 
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John E. Smith

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Ok that helps. I’m currently looking at the breakup map on wormstedt and it helps

So the 2 double bottom pieces broke off together and separated sometime during the descent.

The 3rd funnel deckhouse broke off and landed near the double bottom. Is it true that it took several decks with it?

The reciprocating engine casing broke off & took away the engineer's promenade and the aft grand staircase. Where did this thing land?

So the 4th funnel and 1st class smoke room walls & ceiling are somewhere in the debris field.

Boilers from BR 1 and the forward engine cylinders are in the debris field near the stern.

So what happened to the 1st & 2nd class galley. According to the website, it’s unknown
 
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Also, the breakup for E Deck on wormstedt. It says the port engineer quarters are drapped on the engines & and the starboard quarters are just wreckage.

I’m wondering how they can tell with nothing that helps to identify what they are looking at
 
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John E. Smith

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Did the 1st & 2nd class galley break off and end up in the debris field?
 
Michael-McDonnell

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The mid section was likely crushed and compromised during the break up or shattered to pieces.
 
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