Titanic Essay

Titanic Essay

Since 1912, when the Titanic sank on her
inaugural voyage, there have been many theories behind the mystery of how
this unsinkable ship ended up on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Up until
now, the theory has been that an iceberg tore open a 300-foot gash in the
side of the 900 foot-long luxury liner. Even after 1985, when Robert D.

Ballard founded the Titanic, the expeditions mainly focused on the beauty
of the ship and not the damage it had sustained from the iceberg. Of course
the Titanic is submerged in many feet of mud so searching for the damage
has been impossible.

Just Recently researchers were able to
determine the damage to the ship by imaging the sunken liner with an acoustic
device known as a sub-bottom profiler. They examined the ship\'s starboard
side, finding a series of six thin openings along the hull. This implied
that the iron rivets along the plate seams probably popped open creating
small gaps for the water to come in. Two wrought-iron rivets from the Titanic\'s
hull were recently hauled up for scientific analysis and were found to
be riddled with unusually high concentrations of slag, making them brittle
and prone to fracture. From the observation, researchers concluded that
since these seams were roughly 20 feet below the waterline, there was an
enormous amount of pressure from the seawater, which made it\'s way into
the compartments very quickly.

Navel Architects and marine engineers claim
the Titanic was moving at an estimated speed of 22 knots before it collided
with the iceberg. They believe if the Titanic was moving half as fast,
the force of the iceberg\'s impact and the damage done to the plate seams
would have been much less. Since the pressure would have been less, fewer
compartments would have flooded and the possibility of survival would have
been greater.

There are still many debates over whether
the Titanic was intact while it submerged under the ocean or it had broken
into two pieces before descending to the bottom of the ocean floor. Some
passengers testified to watching it breaking apart above the surface, while
the ship\'s officer\'s testified that the vessel went down intact. The fact
those eyewitnesses aboard the Titanic have different stories lead me to
believe that the mystery of the unsinkable ship may never be solved. Every
year expeditions will come up with evidence of another theory. Some theories
will be justifiable, others will still be a mystery.