Report this comment
  • "
    Dilligaf2010 wrote:
    Another trying to cash in on the anniversary of the sinking.

    "His investigations highlight the work of metallurgists who found that the rivets that held the ship’s hull together were not uniform in composition or quality and had not been inserted in a uniform fashion."....
    ......and how did these metallurgists come to their conclusions, by the time the Titanic wreck was found, it has been rusting away at the bottom of the Atlantic for 73 years.
    At the depth where the wreck was found the water has less oxygen content so corrosion is far less than you may expect at sea level open to the atmosphere, so the remains are still fairly representative of what was original. The analysis techniques are very advanced these days so accurate results can be arrived at. What we have now is far in advance of what they had in the foundries of the day when the materials were made, and that is how they can accurately say what they do. You also have to bear in mind the riveting equipment of the day was also quite inferior which is why the bilge pumps on these ships had such a hard time, in reality they leaked like sieves anyway. The real blame is a culmination of circumstances and a rather Gung-Ho Captain who was under pressure to have his foot hard down.
    People say "its romantic", sorry but I find no romance in such a tragic massive loss of life, which was so needless, perhaps if they had been less stiff upper lip, the whole sad scenario would have never happened.
    Have we learned a lesson from this, well apparently not, the Costa Concordia just goes to prove that human error still exists, thankfully without the massive toll this time."
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.

  • Enter the above word in the box below

Fresh ideas on why Titanic went down

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Features and Music Editor

AN OXFORDSHIRE scientist is attracting international attention with his new theories about the world’s most famous maritime disaster.

Richard Corfield, from Long Hanborough, has advanced new ideas about the role of science in the sinking of the Titanic, on the 100th anniversary of the catastrophe.

Writing in the journal Physics World, he takes a look at the cascade of events that led to the demise of the ‘unsinkable’ ship, highlighting the significant roles played by maths and physics.

And he will share his findings at a special Titanic-themed dinner at The Boot, in Barnard Gate, near Witney on Saturday.

The evening, billed as a commemoration of the Titanic with food, companionship, reflection and education, will feature dishes served on the ship on the night it struck the iceberg.

The Titanic, which was bound from Southampton to New York, struck an iceberg just off the coast of Newfoundland, on April 14 1912, and became fully submerged within three hours, before dropping four kilometres to the bottom of the Atlantic.

There have been many stories recounting why the ship struck the iceberg, and why two-thirds of the passengers and crew lost their lives, including the lack of lifeboats, the absence of binoculars in the crow’s nest, and the shortcomings of the radio operator.

Mr Corfield, of Hanborough Consultants, has studied the structural deficiencies of the ship and how these – and the weather – contributed to its demise.

His investigations highlight the work of metallurgists who found that the rivets that held the ship’s hull together were not uniform in composition or quality and had not been inserted in a uniform fashion.

He explained: “This meant that, in practice, the region of the Titanic’s hull that hit the iceberg was substantially weaker than the main body of the ship.

“As well as the actual make-up of the ship, it also appears that the climate thousands of miles away from where the ship sunk may have played a role.

“At times when the weather is warmer than usual in the Caribbean, the Gulf Stream intersects with the glacier-carrying Labrador Current in the North Atlantic in such a way that icebergs are aligned to form a barrier of ice. In 1912 the Caribbean experienced an unusually hot summer and so the Gulf Stream was particularly intense. The Titanic hit the iceberg right at that intersection.

“No one thing sent the Titanic to the bottom of the North Atlantic. Rather, the ship was ensnared by a perfect storm of circumstances that conspired her to doom.”

  • Tickets for Saturday’s Titanic evening are £30 per head for a four-course meal taken from the Titanic menu. Wine is not included. Call 01865 881231.

Comments (12)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree