5 wild conspiracy theories surrounding the sinking of the Titanic

The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, killing over 1,500 people.

• Ever since, conspiracy theories have bounced around regarding the nature of the maritime disaster.

• Some of the allegations are pretty out there — like the idea that an ancient Egyptian curse doomed the ocean liner.


The Titanic remains one of the most famous disasters in history.

On its maiden voyage to New York city, the ocean liner hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, resulting in severe damage to its hull. The Titanic slipped beneath the dark waves of the North Atlantic in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. Over 1,500 people lost their lives, and the luxury passenger ship became an emblem of disaster.

The sinking of the Titanic prompted a media frenzy, an overhaul of maritime safety practices, and plenty of fictional depictions of what happened on that cold April night over a hundred years ago.

Given the level of public interest and scrutiny, it's not surprising that a handful of conspiracy theories have cropped up about the ship's fate. Some are almost entirely fictional — like the idea that a cursed mummy was onboard the ship. Others allege that the tragedy was a result of insurance fraud, or an attempt by JP Morgan to rid himself of some powerful rivals.

Here are five conspiracy theories about the sinking of the Titanic:

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