Would the Titanic's steel have been impacted by the iceberg in the same way if she was a bit older?

Dan Kappes

Since the Titanic was a brand new ship, I wonder if her steel was not quite as strong as a ship which had seen service before.
I'm not sure about ship plating getting stronger with age. I do know, however, that seams and butts got a bit tighter over time. Rust is bigger than the base metal from which it grows. So, rust occurring in those seams worked as a sort of natural caulking and reduced the weeping of water through the seams. Sure wish rust would help make my car stronger instead of just rotting holes in the rocker panels.

-- David G. Brown
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