New research suggests there might be more to the Titanic sinking

New Research Suggests There Might be More to the Titanic Sinking

It was proven long ago that the Titanic sank because it hit a giant iceberg. New research shows there could be a bit more to one of the most famous stories in history.

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Newborn baby boy Lucien P. Smith Jr in the arms of a nurse, November 1912. Smith's mother, Eloise Hughes Smith (1893 - 1940), was pregnant while a passenger returning from her honeymoon on board the White Star liner Titanic when the ship sank on 15th April 1912. Smith's husband, Lucien P. Smith, was also on board, but did not survive. Eloise later married a fellow Titanic survivor, Robert P. Daniel. (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Some lifeboats carry the people who survived the shipwreck of the transatlantic liner Titanic, at dawn among ice blocks, illustration from the magazine L'Illustration, year 70, no 3609, April 27, 1912.
UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 25: Photograph of W. T. Bralley, a member of the Titanic's band of eight musicians and one of the many men that died at their post when the ship sank on April 15th, 1912. The band played on until the water was over their feet. Titanic was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland during 1910 - 1911 and sank after striking an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, USA, with the loss of 1,522 passengers and crew. (Photo by Universal Images Group/Getty Images) (Photo by National Media Museum/Daily Herald Archive/SSPL/Getty Images)
British fashion designer Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon (1863 - 1935), one of the surviviors of the Titanic disaster of 14th April 1912, circa 1920. (Photo by Lasalle/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Board of Trade Titanic enquiry. Left to Right Harold Lowe fifth officer on the Titanic with second officer Charles Lightoller before giving evidence at the Board of Trade enquiry in to the loss of the RMS Titanic. 20th May 1912 (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
Illustrative reconstruction of 'How passengers and crew faced the situation on the Titanic' entitle 'The Women and Children First', The drawing shows men helping women into lifeboarts and saying goodbye to their loved ones. Titanic was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland during 1910 - 1911, and sank on 15th April, 1912, after striking an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, USA, with the loss of 1,522 passengers and crew. (Photo by Universal Images Group/Getty Images)
11th May 1912: A group of survivors of the 'Titanic' disaster, arrive at Liverpool aboard the 'Adriatic'. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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11th May 1912: A group of survivors from the 'Titanic' disaster arrive at Liverpool on the 'Adriatic'. 3rd officer William Pitman stands on the right (wearing a cap). (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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A page from a feature in The Graphic, following the homecoming of the 167 surviving crew of the White Star liner Titanic, which sank on 15th April 1912, as they arrived at Plymouth on the S.S. Lapland, 4th May 1912. Original publication: The Graphic, pub 4th May 1912 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
May 1912: The crew of the 'Titanic' waiting near one of the lions at Portsmouth Town Hall for the court to open. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
Children putting money into a collection box in aid of victims of the 'Titanic' disaster, outside Mansion House, London, May 1912. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Relatives wait on a railway platform as survivors of the Titanic arrive at Southampton, 29th April 1912. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
29th April 1912: Survivors of the Titanic disaster board a GWR (Great Western Railway) ferry at Plymouth after arriving in England on the SS Lapland. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
White Star Liner, RMS Titanic, Illustration of the scene outside the White Star offices at Southampton showing people searching for the names of loved ones amongst the list of survivors of the stricken Titanic, The ship,built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Ireland during 1910 - 1911, sank on April 16th 1912 after striking an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York, USA, with the loss of 1,522 passengers and crew. (Photo by Universal Images Group/Getty Images)
23rd April 1912: Reverend Hartley, who was lost in the 'Titanic' shipping disaster, with his niece and daughter who both survived the tragedy. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
27th April 1912: An artist's impression of Captain Smith's last orders to the crew of the doomed 'Titanic' on 14th April 1912. Original Artwork: Drawing by Douglas Macpherson The Graphic - pub. 27th April 1912 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Titanic disaster. People waiting for news at Southampton. 18th April 1912. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
Newspaper boy with news of the Titanic disaster, 14 April 1912. Evening News headlines: Titanic Disaster - Great Loss of Life. Operated by the White Star Line, RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in thick fog off Newfoundland on 14 April 1912. She was the largest and most luxurious ocean liner of her time, and thought to be unsinkable. In the collision five of her watertight compartments were compromised and she sank. Out of the 2228 people on board, only 705 survived. A major cause of the loss of life was the insufficient number of lifeboats she carried. (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)
15th April 1912: The Carpathia arrives to pick up survivors in lifeboats from the Titanic. Original Publication: The Graphic - pub. 1912 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Brothers Michel and Edmond Navratil, Survivors of the Sinking of RMS Titanic, Portrait, Bain News Service, 1912. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
14th April 1912: Survivors watch from the lifeboats as the ill-fated White Star liner, the 'Titanic', plunges beneath the waves. Original Publication: Illustrated London News - pub. 1912 Original Publication: From a special supplement of 'Graphic'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Callers at the offices of the White Star shipping line, making enquiries about the welfare of friends or relatives after the sinking of the Titanic, April 1912. The Titanic sank on 15th April with the loss of over 1400 lives. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Florette Guggenheim (nee Seligman 1870 - 1937, right) and her brother James de Witt Seligman at the offices of the White Star shipping line in New York, April 1912. The pair are waiting to to enquire about the welfare of Guggenheim's husband, American businessman Benjamin Guggenheim, who was a passenger on board the Titanic when she sank on 15th April. Benjamin Guggenheim was not among the surviviors. Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
April 1912: Lowering the lifeboats on the SS Titanic after the liner collided with an iceberg. Original Publication: From a page of The Graphic, 1912. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The liner Titanic in dry dock at the Harland and Wolff shipyard, Belfast, February 1912. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Hours of Awful Suspense in London', April 20, 1912. 'Relatives and friends of passengers on the Titanic studying the lists of the saved, and leaving the White Star Line offices at Oceanic House, Cockspur St, after making anxious enquiries for news'. The White Star Line ship RMS 'Titanic' struck an iceberg in thick fog off Newfoundland on 14 April 1912. She was the largest and most luxurious ocean liner of her time, and thought to be unsinkable. In the collision, five of her watertight compartments were compromised and she sank. Out of the 2228 people on board, only 705 survived. A major cause of the loss of life was the insufficient number of lifeboats she carried. Page 14, from "Titanic In Memoriam Number", a special supplement in "The Daily Graphic" newspaper issued following the sinking of the 'Titanic' on 15 April 1912, published on 20 April 1912. Artist Unknown. (Photo by The Print Collector/Getty Images)
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On April 10, 1912 the mighty ship set off on its maiden voyage. Five days later it would sink into the cold waters of the North Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg -- a monumental disaster that resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people.

Let's fast forward 100 years to the research published in the magazine "Significance", which proposes that the sinking was the result of a lot more than human, design and construction errors. In fact, they're saying It could also have been a case of bad meteorological luck.

Researchers in the paper point to the possibility of a greater number of icebergs that appeared unusually early that year, as a result of southern weather conditions. This meant the crew was likely unprepared for such an unimaginably large iceberg appearing in their path.
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