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Titanic - new (2017) evidence
« on: June 09, 2019, 03:58:38 PM »

A Channel 4 documentary about the Titanic disaster :-

- ordinary grade steel was used in the construction despite advice to use special grade
- the coal bunkers on the ship were 3 storeys high and the coal was directly against the steel of the hull and the bulkheads
- a fire started in the small coal fuel, self combustion, 3 weeks before the Titanic sailed.
- Stokers were attempting to quell the fire without success
- none of the Passengers were aware that there was a fire on board when Titanic set sail.
- White Star Line, the owners of Titanic had already postponed Titanic's maiden voyage twice - mindful of Cunard's successes.
- under way the Captain of Titanic was made aware of the ice floes ahead
- the fire had spread to another bunker and the only way to keep it under control was to shovel the flaming fuel into the furnaces
- 3 days into the 6 day crossing they were still shovelling burning fuel into the furnace
- Titanic was at top speed despite knowledge of approaching the ice field
- Titanic had sailed with a minimum amount of coal on board due to shortages as the Miners had been on strike
- the bulkhead by the fire was red hot and buckled when the water from the collision with the iceberg rushed in
- after the sinking, at the Inquiry it was 11 days before the existence of the fire was even mentioned
- the ship sank in less than half an hour - had it stayed afloat for the expected 2 hours - help would have arrived and no one would have died.

I was struck by the similarities with Boeing's 737 MAX 8 saga - with an American Airlines 200 plane order in prospect that could have gone to Airbus . . . . an airframe/engine set up that doesn't fly without correcting software. The design gets rushed through the FAA anyway.

Not much changes does it - who can we rely on ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgwHTKBdNCc



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Re: Titanic - new (2017) evidence
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2019, 03:19:48 PM »

I was struck by the similarities with Boeing's 737 MAX 8 saga - with an American Airlines 200 plane order in prospect that could have gone to Airbus . . . . an airframe/engine set up that doesn't fly without correcting software. The design gets rushed through the FAA anyway.

Not much changes does it - who can we rely on ?

Very true Roger; company boards take risks with other people's lives (as do governments, as the excellent Chernobyl series shows).
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Re: Titanic - new (2017) evidence
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2019, 06:53:38 PM »

Yes CK - a minimum load of coal aboard due to a miners strike - fuel would have run out before New York because of the 3 week old fire in the bunkers - into the furnaces with the burning coal and top speed into an ice field - you couldn't make it up  :(
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Re: Titanic - new (2017) evidence
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2019, 03:39:48 PM »

Yes CK - a minimum load of coal aboard due to a miners strike - fuel would have run out before New York because of the 3 week old fire in the bunkers - into the furnaces with the burning coal and top speed into an ice field - you couldn't make it up  :(

Shovelling burning coal must have been a very dangerous job!
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