Story of the Wreck of the Titanic The Oceanb's Greatest Disaster

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Linda McCoy

In the first ten chapters of this book, something in the passengers' accounts has been confusing me. I am a Titanic buff, and have been reading about the Titanic for six or seven years now. Many of the passengers told of "boiler explosions" that made people fly off the ship. I have never read anything like this in anything before, until now. Can someone please explain this to me?

Thanks, Linda

Dave Gittins

Mar 16, 2000
Boiler explosions were a traditional part of shipwreck reports. Shipwrecks can be noisy affairs, especially if the ship breaks up. Spectators are likely to attribute the sounds to boilers exploding. In fact, boilers do not generally explode and certainly none of Titanic's did. Sometimes water reaches the furnaces and great amounts of steam come rushing out, giving the impression of an explosion.

In 1912, all this was explained in a newspaper article by a prominent engineer.

Remember also that the book you mention is greatly sensationalised and should not be taken as gospel.
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