I imagine I'll catch more flak for this than a B-17 over Berlin, but all the doc did was convince me more of a bottom to top failure. Weight of the bow (inc. water) pulls her down by the head, and lifts the stern until the screws are approx. clear of the water. This ever increasing forward weight has been trying to compress the keel, and the bending of the ship makes the bottom want to bulge outwards at the pivoting point, which is about where she clears the water, and about where the after expansion joint is. Finally, the bottom fails catastrophicly, blowing whole fore to aft sections out all the way port to starboard. The bow is now free to pivot forward at the weakest point under the greatest stress-the after expansion joint. Without the keel, the forward part of the ship simply shears away and sinks, taking the electrical system with it. The stern settles back gently, and slowly fills and sinks perhaps as much as ten minutes later-even if it were much less time, it would still be a horrific feeling, knowing what was coming. We should discount Lightoller saying she didn't break up for one simple reason only; when it occurred, he was already in freezing water fighting for his life.