Titanic SHOCK: Did little-known rule DOOM the Titanic?

Journalist Senan Molony believes the ocean-liner travelling from Southampton to New York on April 15, 1912 could have safely made it across the Atlantic avoiding a collision with the iceberg, if the crew had not turned right when the obstacle was insight. Mr Molony insists by following a little-known ancient shipping rule, where ships turn right and starboard when faced with an oncoming vessel, should not have been applied to the iceberg as they “don’t observe the rules of the road”. The vessel expert, who has spent more than 30 years researching the disaster, insists icebergs can be “present in any form” and therefore impossible to know which way to maneuver is correct.

In his book, Titanic: Why She Collided, Why She Sank and Why She Should Have Never Sailed, he explained: “Standard operating procedure, when faced with an object dead ahead, was to go to starboard.

"The way to avoid collisions in 1912 was to travel to the right in any emergency, and to do so decisively.

“Yet doing so in this case would be fatal with the berg drawn by Scarrott, because he demonstrated that its mass extended in that direction.

“The international maritime ‘Rules of the Road’, which sought to take the gamble out of collision avoidance, ordained that everyone in imminent danger of head-on accident must avoid to the right, even if the object ahead could not be identified.”

In 1912 the crewis said to have realised too late that turning right would not avoid a collision and attempts to turn in the other direction was ultimately not enough to avoid disaster.

However Mr Molony insists under the circumstances “Titanic done the correct thing” but it soon became apparent it made a “terrible mistake”.

He added: “In this version of events, the Titanic does the correct thing, which happens to be a terrible mistake. It is posited that she followed good seamanship, obeyed the stricture and applied standard procedure to avoid head-on collision.

“It then becomes unfortunate, in these circumstances, that age-old practice was an active menace because of how the berg presented itself.

“Had the Titanic chosen straight away to move to port, they would surely have escaped. But they would have been breaking an ingrained rule.

“It bears repeating that standard operating procedure, when faced with an object dead ahead, was to go to starboard. Not to port.”

Mr Molony also points out following the rule introduced in the 1890s was not the only mitigating factor but also the fire in the coal bunker also contributed to the sinking of the Titanic.

He added: “Fire critically weakened its forward wall which happened to be the Titanic’s furthermost rampart of defence against any flooding influx.

“Then, when she struck her berg, all hell was let loose.

"The fire-affected bulkhead had lost three-quarters of its strength because of the fire’s high temperature altering the chemical composition of its steel.”

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