(ORDO NEWS) — A terrible catastrophe caused a huge number of mysteries to emerge immediately after the crash of a world-famous ship happened.
The Titanic collided with a huge iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York. It happened on April 15, 1912. Until today, experts are trying to establish why the iceberg was noticed too late.
British writer and historian Tim Maltin spent six years studying the stories of those people who were able to survive the disaster.
He is sure that the reason for the crash of the ship was an optical phenomenon, which many call a mirage. It was he who did not allow the crew to detect the iceberg in time and avoid a collision.
It is worth paying attention to the fact that many different reasons were indicated, but most of them Maltin was able to refute when he conducted his own investigation.
“People were talking about different reasons for the shipwreck. Many said that Captain Smith was very drunk, but in fact he never drank in the ocean.
Almost all witnesses of the incident said that the night was incredibly clear, but at the same time a strange haze was noticed on the horizon.
That is why I began to think about such a phenomenon as a mirage haze.
In this case, a person can, in his opinion, see a much greater distance than it actually is, ”the expert notes.
It is also said that this illusion arose when the ship sailed in that part of the Atlantic Ocean, where the warm current of the Gulf Stream meets the icy waters of the Labrador Current. Such a phenomenon as thermal inversion caused the cold air to act as a lens that refracted light downward.
It was because of this that the crew of the Titanic then saw a greater distance than it actually was. In addition, the haze could have exactly the same color as the iceberg. The crew had less than a minute after seeing the iceberg to react.
There were 2,400 passengers on board the Titanic. Over 1,500,000 people died as a result of the disaster. The wreckage of the “unsinkable” ship was found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean only in 1985.
They are located at a depth of almost 4 kilometers. Experts noted that the ship is quickly falling apart, so in the near future it may be lost forever.
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