In this section you will find some of the most controversial issues surrounding the disaster.  I will give you the topic, what the books and other "experts" say, and what I believe and why.  Without further ado, let me begin:

The Californian, could she have saved many more lives?

From what I have read, it could go both ways.  Some sources say the Californian was 5 miles away, some say as many as 20 or more.  As far as the distance, I am not sure.  According to the Report from the British Parliament, It took the Californian one hour and a half to reach the reported location of the Titanic, the morning of April 15, 1912, when it was already light outside.

I don't believe that the Californian could have saved too many more lives, if any at all.  Here is why: 

  • The wireless operator went to bed at 11:30pm on April 14, and was not awake.
  • The Morse lamp was an ineffective means of communication, at that distance.
  • If they would have left when the first rocket was fired, they would have arrived at the Titanic's position with only five minutes to go, before the final plunge took place.  This is assuming that it took them only the hour and a half to get there.  First rocket went off around 12:45am plus one hour and a half, puts you at 2:15am.  The fact that it was dark, I believe would have made the trip even longer.  But if they did get there at 2:15am, they would not be able to take any more passengers from the ship itself, they would have had to wait, and pull the people from the water, which they probably would have had to lower their own life boats for anyway.
  • Captain Lord did practice negligence by not even trying to come for assistance, but I don't blame the death of 1503 souls on him.  As far as punishment for his negligence, I would have fined and suspended him, without pay, for a month.  For his crew, I would just reprimand them for not being more persistent in getting Lord to react, or not taking the initiative to head toward the Titanic on their own, but then again I didn't live during that time, so I don't have a good idea on how it would have been handled if they did use their own judgment.

Was it a 300 foot gash that sank Titanic?

Recent dives to the wreck have determined that it was not a gash, but merely some popped rivets that allowed the water to rush in.  The damage was a total of 12 square feet, the average size of a refrigerator.

I agree with the findings from the recent dives. The sonar and visible evidence clearly show that it was not a gash.

Did an officer shoot himself on that night? If so, which officer was it?

Answer to come shortly.

Was there a mummy on board?

Answer to come shortly.

Who was to blame for the disaster?

Answer to come shortly.

Was Nearer My God To Thee the last song played by the band?

Answer to come shortly.

Where third class passenger held below decks, preventing them from getting to the boat deck while there was still boats left?

Answer to come shortly.

Did the boilers explode?  If not, what caused the hole on the starboard side of the ship.

Answer to come shortly.

What happened to the ship, during the sinking?

Answer to come shortly.

Was the Titanic switched with the Olympic, before the maiden voyage?

Answer to come shortly.

********* More questions/controversies to come as I come across them. **********

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