- Jun 23, 2017
Say what you like about the documentary but they quickly and expertly debunked the coal bunker fire theory!
Me too. I'm having a real problem with that and the reaction to asking for evidence.If you'll excuse the double post I do take issue with their latest breakup animation. I know we've been over this before but if the break happened as they show I fail to understand how the emergency lights managed to stay on. The emergency generators were not diesels as per modern ships and still required steam to run that would have been in short supply with all the boilers being in the bow section. I guess momentum may have kept the dynamos spinning for a short period of time (10 or 20 seconds maybe..?) But not for the amount of time shown in the latest animation.
I'm open to having my mind changed on this, but have yet to read compelling evidence to the contrary.
Returning to the horse carcass which has already been thoroughly tenderized from a severe beating, I found this video in which the dev team explain the modifications made to their real time sinking animation:
Notable things worth mentioning:
1) Around the 09:00 mark Mr Lynskey mentions having to add rigging to the model and applying rope/cable physics to the modeled rigging as well. Perhaps this may account for the #1 funnel falling to port? Titanic's pronounced port list should mean that the funnel would have been leaning towards port as well, and then the assumption is that its weight caused the starboard funnel stays to snap as it fell towards the side it leaned to.
2) At the 09:27 mark the behavior of the lights is discussed, including the infamous 'some lights were on after the breakup' conjecture. It would seem Messrs Stephenson and Sauder were consulted on the matter, and there are apparently claims of survivor testimony concerning the presence of some of the lights after the breakup. But the emergency lights remaining on until 30 seconds after the breakup???
New physics problem: assuming the breakup as the time of steam supply cutoff, how long would it actually take for the two emergency dynamos to freewheel down from 380 rpm to a stop? Note that the lights would die out even before the dynamos stopped because at some point the revs per minute will become too slow to generate any perceptible electricity that would give even a dull red glow.