Titanic didn’t strike big berg, says local ice pilot
- Duke Collins with a copy of his 2002 book, “The Sinking of the Titanic, An Ice Pilot’s Perspective.” — Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram
- The U.S. Library of Congress suggests this could be the iceberg the Titanic struck. A veteran ice pilot says that’s highly unlikely. The photo was taken from the SS Carpathia. — Photo courtesy of U.S. Library of Congress/LC-USZ62-64154
- In this April 10, 1912 file photo, the luxury liner Titanic departs Southampton, England, for its maiden Atlantic Ocean voyage to New York. The Titanic sank about 375 miles south of Newfoundland, on April 15, 1912, killing more than 1,500 people. — File photo by The Associated Press
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- - April 20, 2012 at 22:28:29
I agree completely. Reports of ice on the deck could have been ice off the rigging. The decks of the Titanic was some 80 feet above the surface and even the lookouts said it didn't appear to be that high. People not accustomed to ice will call pan ice "ice bergs," so once everyone else was saying iceberg, they just said the same thing. And Tim Matlin's investigations into cold water mirage prove that it would have been impossible to see the berg or ice because the horizon was artificially above where it was in actuality. Another documentary this week also determined that the large amount of slag in the rivets meant it took less than 10,000 lbs of pressure to pop them. Pan ice can do that. A berg would have torn the side off with millions of pounds of pressure. And finally, the damage found was exactly what you'd expect from pan ice...the "morse code" pattern down the side, not a gash. Good on you, Mr. Collins.
- Bill Morrison
- - April 16, 2012 at 13:27:16
did you guys speak with James Cameron?
- - April 13, 2012 at 09:55:38
The BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/titanic/) has several archived audio accounts from both passengers and crew of the Titantic. One survivor, who was about 20 yrs old at the time, said that after the collsion she could see the iceberg next to the ship. She also said that there were chunks of ice which had fallen onto the decks of the Titantic after it had collided with the iceberg.