Port Clinton, OH (PRWEB) April 01, 2012
Titanic was deliberately aimed at the deadly iceberg. Even so, the famous ship was not fatally injured by the collision. It did not have to sink with the loss of more than 1,500 lives. Those are some of the startling conclusions of Captain David G. Brown in his new book, Titanic Myths, Titanic Truths.
“No shipping disaster in history is surrounded by more myths than Titanic,” says Brown. “These myths have grown so strong that they have become accepted as fact despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
“For instance, it's a myth that the berg popped up in front of the ship with only seconds to spare,” he says. In his new book Brown cites testimony from Titanic's crew that the iceberg was first spotted and reported at least six minutes before impact.
Brown is authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard to teach navigation to aspiring captains. He used his knowledge to reconstruct a chart of Titanic's last hours. “I found the ship actually altered course a half hour before the accident. It went south, indicating Captain Smith intended to go around the ice across his path that night,” Brown says.
“The accident came exactly thirty minutes later when Titanic changed course a second time to the south,” the author claims.
Brown uses the analogy of a yellow school bus to show how land-based historians have misunderstood Titanic's accident. An experienced passenger vessel captain on the Great Lakes, he knows first-hand the differences between ships and cars. The school bus steers from the front with their wheels while ships steer from the back using a rudder.
“In a bus, you can scrape your right fender against an object while turning left. Only the fender will be dented. But, in a ship if you strike the starboard bow while turning left the whole right side of the vessel will be slammed against that object.”
More than 14 years of research have gone into Titanic Myths, Titanic Truths. It started with his first book on the subject, The Last Log Of The Titanic and continued through his contributions to documentaries on the History, Discovery, and Weather cable channels.
“One troubling myth is that five watertight compartments were damaged in the collision. But, survivors consistently describe major damage in only four,” says Brown. “If the eyewitness accounts are accurate, then the ship was not fatally wounded according to the assessment of the naval architect who designed it.”
Finding the ultimate cause of the sinking took the most research. “It appears that engineers trying to start a bilge pump opened the wrong valve. This let a geyser of water rush into boiler room #5. After that, the ship's fate was sealed,” the author says. Brown cites the locations of the valve controls outside the boiler room as allowing this to happen.
“In the end, Titanic did not sink from one cause, but from a series of inter-related events. The real story isn't romantic like the big Hollywood movie,” says Brown. “But safety isn't written in romance. Safety comes at the cost of human blood. If we don't learn from the past, we are doomed to repeat it.”
The author has been a licensed captain for nearly 25 years. During that time Brown has rescued nine people and holds the U.S. Sailing rescue medal. In an ironic twist, while he studies the great Titanic, he once operated the smallest passenger vessel in the U.S. fleet.
Captain Brown's book, Titanic Myths, Titanic Truths, can be ordered through any bookstore. It can also be purchased online from Amazon.com
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