5 Curious Facts About The Titanic. These facts aren’t any of the weird myths that are going around about the sinking. They are just interesting and proven facts that put the sinking in a different perspective and that makes you realize how unlucky the entire situation was.
5. The Captain
It was discovered in 2012 that Captain Edward Smith actually failed his navigation exam his first time round before passing it in 1888. Although he made many blunders, such as driving the ship too fast, and ignoring warnings of icebergs, his final act was to bravely go down with the ship, allowing many of his passengers to escape safely.
4. The Moon Theory
For the past 103 years, scientists have surmised many theories as to what caused the Titanic to crash into those icebergs. Astronomer Donald Olson has advanced the theory that the position of the moon may have had something to do with it. The full moon caused strong tides, which made the ship go faster. Plus the lunar approach was the closest the moon had been to earth in over 1,000 years, which may have made it difficult to navigate.
It could just be a major coincidence, but 14 years before the Titanic set sail for New York City, Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called Futility. His book chronicles the fictitious Titan, a ship that its makers deemed “unsinkable.” However disaster strikes when The Titan collides with an iceberg and the ship sinks, killing many of its passengers. More people might have survived had there been enough lifeboats. Sound familiar?
2. Optical Illusions
Despite seemingly perfect weather on that fateful night, it was the weather that ultimately doomed The Titanic. As it sank, Captain Smith sent out distress signals by shooting flare rockets up into the sky. However, a process known in science as “thermal inversions” where warm and cold airs collide, made light reflect weirdly against the night sky. This caused ships in the area to misinterpret distress signals as mirages. In fact, historians have found records of several ships documenting mirages on that very night.
1. William McMaster Murdoch
First Officer William McMaster Murdoch ordered the ship to turn, but it was too large to do so in time. It has been suggested that the ship would not have sunk if it hit the iceberg head-on… Murdoch went down with the ship.