Those explosions were most likely, I think, boiler failures; however, again back to this point about me not being an engineer. I assume that any sudden shift of water could correct a list. So the collapse of a bulkhead, or perhaps water reaching an open manually operated watertight door, suddenly allowing a once mostly dry portion of the ship to flood. All that said... I am not in a position to anything other than wildly speculate on that point.In most I agree with you Scott, the only issue I'm having a problem wrapping my mind around is once Titanic began listing to port wouldn't she have kept that same list or more likely continued to list to port?
What would make her shift the list from port to starboard or vise versa? The only thing I can imagine causing it to shift is if the hull had a breach from the stress of the list. For example if she had an 8 degree list to port then the starboard hull might have had enough stress to partially buckle the hull.
If that had happened could that explain the two "explosions" heard by some of the survivors? It was said those two explosions were about 10 to 20 minutes apart. Possibly starboard hull buckling and then shortly after the port hull?
I agree completely. This is why I wish I was as rich as James Cameron. I am vainly waiting for someone who has the interest, desire, resources, and technology to attempt to actually make a deep penetration attempt into the boiler rooms before the wreck collapses. I want to at least attempt to answer some of these questions while it still even remotely possible.Wouldn't that be from boiler rooms 4 and 6? That would make sense as some simulations show a 10 to 20 minute time difference from the two boiler rooms flooding just before and during the final plunge.
I believe unfortunately that researchers have gotten as far as they can on the progression of the sinking and breakup with the knowledge we have and unless someone can make an interior dive of the Titanic we'll never have more to go on. But it is fun to try and speculate how it all happened!