What if the bow evened her keel after the breakup?


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Rennette Marston

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Here's my theory. I call it the Even Keel Theory:

The Titanic is heavily listing to port and the bridge is just beginning to go under. The forces acting upon the hull cause it to twist. The Titanic starts to buckle. The boilers in boiler room #2 implode. This creates a shockwave that fractures the hull and the bow is pushed away from the stern. The bow returns to an even keel (i.e. corrects her port list) and sinks. The stern floods instantly and rises to an angle of 25 degrees. The stern breaks her back around the area of the aft grand staircase and settles back with an even heavier port list and stays afloat for 3-5 minutes. She keels over and sinks almost perpendicularly out of the water.

This may explain why some survivors thought they saw the bow resurface when she broke from the stern. The bow "rising" was probably the bow correcting her list after she finally detached from the stern at a shallower angle.

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I'd love to hear your thoughts. Yours sincerely, Rennette
 
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Kas01

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The angle just looks way too low for me. I'm going to have to pass on this one.
 
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My bad. Maybe next time it will be a little higher. Cheers!
The survivors observed the ship beginning to break before the boat deck went under, so it makes good sense that the break angle was very shallow, but more extreme to port. Remember, you don't need to change your animation to please others. If you believe the Titanic broke at a shallow angle, then by all means don't be afraid to show it and certainly don't be pressured by others to change it just to satisfy them.
 
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Thank you for the encouragement. I am new to this forum so I was a bit nervous. Survivor Jack Thayer described the Titanic righting her list around the time the bridge began to plunge. At this time, survivors such as Ruth Becker also reported hearing violent "explosions" from the boilers of the Titanic which broke the ship apart. Some felt the decks of the Titanic lifting after the "explosions" and misinterpreted that as the bow resurfacing when in actually the bow corrected her list to port after the giant boilers imploded which caused a huge shockwave throughout the entire ship and broke the ship in two. Joseph Boxhall said the Titanic's stern settled lower in the water before the ship broke. Many of the Titanic's portholes and windows were opened for ventilation and water rapidly flooded the ship pulling the Titanic deeper beneath the sea. Based on the circumstantial and forensic evidence, I believe my theory is plausible and possible. Have a nice day!
 
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Frank Prentice stated that he felt the stern rise up, settle back, and rise again during the final plunge (but never mentions a break because he was on the poop deck). I’m not sure if he could have felt the stern settle back into the water if it hadn’t risen up in the first place.
 
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The Titanic broke twice. When the bow twisted back to starboard it tore the ship in two. The stern could not stay horizontal and it tilted sharply into the air and the survivors looked in horror. The lights were still on the stern. There was a tremendous rumble and the engines fell out and the stern settled back.
 
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Thank you for the encouragement. I am new to this forum so I was a bit nervous. Survivor Jack Thayer described the Titanic righting her list around the time the bridge began to plunge. At this time, survivors such as Ruth Becker also reported hearing violent "explosions" from the boilers of the Titanic which broke the ship apart. Some felt the decks of the Titanic lifting after the "explosions" and misinterpreted that as the bow resurfacing when in actually the bow corrected her list to port after the giant boilers imploded which caused a huge shockwave throughout the entire ship and broke the ship in two. Joseph Boxhall said the Titanic's stern settled lower in the water before the ship broke. Many of the Titanic's portholes and windows were opened for ventilation and water rapidly flooded the ship pulling the Titanic deeper beneath the sea. Based on the circumstantial and forensic evidence, I believe my theory is plausible and possible. Have a nice day!

No problem. I have keenly looked into this subject for a few years. Did you know the survivor accounts refer to the ship breaking twice and some of the passengers like George Brereton said - "I saw the water reach the bridge after the vessel broke in two, and the forward portion began sinking first." (NY Times) and some of the passengers witnessed the bow and stern drift apart before each section went under. There was a large plume of smoke that was seen when the ship broke and this probably concealed a large section of the sea and maybe concealed the bow from many people when she broke. The stern could not stay on a level keel and tilted quickly into the air and snapped its back when the engines fell out and settled back again. The survivors listed on Paul Lee's Titanic website has accounts from passengers in the port side lifeboats who observed the bow resurface. They can also be heard and visualized in this video presented by physics student Logan D. and created by senior researcher Aaron1912.


 
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Absolutely not. The majority of survivors either did not mention a break, or claimed it sank in one piece. If the ship were to be doing these aerobatic movements, they all surely would have seen a break. I highly recommend that you watch this:

 

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Moderator's note: Aaron' s theory has been thoroughly debated in earlier threads and there's no reason for there to be a new thread.
 
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