Titanic on Ice

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The Titanic sideswiped an iceberg and disappeared into history. What we haven’t heard about is the ice that broke her apart as she sank.

The latest clue to this ice was the discovery of two intact pieces of double hull far from the wreck site. While finding the two pieces caused great excitement it soon became clear that what was found was – impossible.

These two pieces of hull were virtually intact. They were the hull beneath the point the Titanic broke in half. When the stern rose and broke the Titanic’s back these hull pieces should have been crushed flat. If they broke away while the Titanic was sinking they would have been stretched and shredded. To find these two pieces with so little damage is impossible.

These two hull pieces were the floor of a main boiler room. This deck had coal bunkers with tons of coal sitting on them. However, there is no coal debris field around these hull pieces. That’s impossible. Tons of coal should have fallen like rain as the floor was ripped open.

The two hull pieces were found lying upside down on the ocean floor. The keel being the heaviest part of the hull was found pointing up. That both pieces settled upside down is impossible.

Far from solving the Titanic puzzle these two hull pieces present a seemingly impossible scenario.

“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? “ - Sherlock Holmes

The following scenario attempts to eliminate the impossible and replaces it with the probable.

After the Titanic scraped the first iceberg, it sailed on into the ice field. It stopped in seemingly open water but that was just an illusion. When she came to a stop she was perched above an underwater blue ice spar (Dark blue frozen fresh water). This allowed the two newly found hull pieces to do their work unseen beneath the Titanic.

What was in these two pieces of double hull? This is where fresh water for the boilers was stored. This water had to be treated specially. Cold water could not be fed into the boilers so this water was heated to very high temps (close to 200 degrees) by steam from the boilers. This heat caused this section of the double hull to melt into the blue ice under the Titanic as she sank. She was soon buried in the ice over the double hull and partially up the side of the ship. With no moon and a 30 foot draw this ice was invisible to those on or off the ship.

When the Titanic stopped for the last time she immediately vented her boilers and quickly shut them down. This stopped the heat to the stored fresh water. This section of double hull having melted into the ice was locked into the blue ice and exposure to the bottom of the ship under these hull sections soon cooled the water to the point of freezing. While the ice formed inside the hull pieces, the blue ice attached itself to the bottom of the ship. Soon the Titanic was in a frozen vice. (Fresh iceberg water will freeze to metal at a temperature far higher than the water then surrounding the Titanic.)

The freezing of the fresh water was confirmed by the testimony of a Titanic engineer that Boiler Room 4 was flooding but it had no damage from the original scraping. It was being flooded by fresh water forced from the boiler tanks as the water froze from the bottom up. The floor of this room was the top of the fresh water tanks in the double hull.

With fresh water frozen solid in the hull and fresh water iceberg ice frozen to the hull’s exterior, these hull pieces could not be crushed by the pressure exerted by the stern rising or twisting as she sank.

After the Titanic broke in half the blue ice broke apart and the two intact hull pieces floated away from the Titanic. They were still enclosed in their blue ice blocks and the ice being lighter flipped these hull pieces over and they settled to the bottom upside down. Without this ice ‘parachute’ the weight of the main and bilge keel would have landed them right side up.

Only being protected by ice in and around the hull allows these pieces to remain intact while being exposed to tremendous pressures.

Using the attached ice as a ‘parachute’ allows the hull pieces to follow the current and drift away from the wreck site and the coal debris field.

The attached ice keeps the hull pieces upside down until they’re on the ocean floor.

While the existence of this ice makes the impossible events quite probable, the ice itself has long since melted away. However, inserting the dynamics this ice would have caused shows that it did indeed exist. The ‘impossible’ is now explained by the ‘probability’ of the effects of the ice on the newly found hull pieces.

Ice sank the Titanic but ironically it was ice that preserved the two newly found hull pieces. More questions are raised however. What effect did this ice have on the actual sinking? Was the time of sinking shortened or lengthened by the attached ice? Maybe the inclusion of the internal and external ice effects on these hull pieces will answer more of the Titanic’s mysteries.

James Tennant

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2011) Titanic on Ice ( ref: #11931, published 11 March 2011, generated 4th August 2021 04:15:08 AM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-on-ice.html