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14 April 1912 was a tragic date for humanity. One of the biggest and deadliest accidents worldwide took place when the RMS Titanic sank. The Titanic was dragged into the deep blue ocean with approximately 1500 people. More than a hundred years later, investigators are still searching for the causes of the tragedy. Nobody is questioning that the main reason for the sinking of the Titanic was the hit of an iceberg.

But what if the damage of the iceberg was the result, while fire and an explosion the actual cause? That would be something new!

In 2008, researcher Ray Boston was the first one that mentioned a series of explosions before the Titanic’s sinking. Ray Boston was investigating the Titanic’s incident for more than twenty years. He claimed that a fire began during speed trials and caused a number of explosions.

In 2017, journalist Senan Molony, who has spent more than thirty years researching the sinking of the Titanic, strongly supported the idea that a big fire had started before the ship’s departure from Southampton and lasted for three weeks, slowly melting the ship’s “skin”. Molony based his theory on forgotten photos from Titanic’s Chief Electrical Engineer. Two of these photos show a 30-foot-long diagonal black mark from a fire, in the exact same place where the iceberg hit the ship. Molony believes that the coal fire was burning at over 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and possibly bent the steel and made it extremely fragile. He strongly believes that the company which owned the Titanic knew about the fire but insisted on the ship’s departure in order to reach her destination on time. Many survivors mentioned the fire, but their testimonies somehow vanished. Previous experts were not aware of this theory, and nobody had investigated these marks before.

In 2018, author and aerospace engineer John H. Wickman published his book, Titanic: The Hidden Evidence, based on the story of US Senator William Alden Smith. Smith discovered that it was much more than an iceberg that sunk the Titanic. In Wickman’s book, an interesting theory is mentioned. The engineers of the Titanic made the mistake to keep the lights on as the ship sank underwater, and that caused multiple explosions. John Wickman claims that if the lights were off, the Titanic would have stayed afloat until rescue ships arrived. Wickman believes the first explosion occurred between 1:10 a.m. and 1:20 a.m. 

That must be quite true since a number of survivors reported that, before sinking, they heard four explosions inside the ship. 

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