Fire May Have Caused the Titanic to Sink, Not Just Iceberg

A new theory is challenging whether or not an iceberg is to blame for the ship's downfall

Up until recently it has been widely accepted that the Titanic sank after a fatal collision the ship made with an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland.

The Titanic, which set off from England and failed to meet its New York destination, sank on April 15, 1912, resulting in over 1,500 fatalities.

Now, an Irish journalist named Senan Molony is challenging the cause of the ship’s sinking. In a new documentary entitled Titanic: The New Evidence, Molony claims that the ship’s sinking could be partially attributed to a coal fire that occurred in one of the ship’s bunkers three weeks before the Titanic set off on its doomed journey. Molony claims that the fire damaged the ship’s hull, and would have contributed to the ship’s failing in combination with the iceberg collision. The fire damage was found close to the same area that the ship was hit by the iceberg.

Molony discovered the fire by analyzing an album of photographs of the ship’s construction. The album had been left alone for over a century.

Watch the trailer for the new documentary below, which will air in the USA on January 21 via the Smithsonian Channel.