Friday, October 26, 2012

RMS Titanic

It was believed for 70 years after the Titanic sank, that she had sunk in one piece. Thought many passengers reported that she had broken in half when she sunk, the only inquiries that were written down were those of first-class passengers and the officers. The ship was discovered in 1985 by Jean-Louis Michel of the IFREMER and Robert Ballard and his crew, they discovered that the Titanic had sunk in two pieces. The theory was that as she sank, the stern rose too high out of the water and was unable to support the weight and caused that ship to break in two. This theory became the commonly accepted theory. However, in 2005, new evidence and research stated that the ship had also sustained damage to the bottom of her hull and this new evidence supported the theory that the splitting of the Titanic began at the hull plates. Though this theory is less popular, it is supported by the sketched of Jack Thayer, who was one of the passengers precisely described how exactly the Titanic split in two.