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Titanic sank due to ‘mirage’ caused by freak weather – Telegraph

In Nonsense on March 21, 2012 at 14:39

The Titanic, before its departure: Titanic sank due to 'mirage' caused by freak weather

It turns out it wasn’t the massive iceberg that sank it at all… 

One of the world’s foremost experts on the doomed passenger liner has discovered evidence a “mirage” was the cause of the famous crash.

Tim Maltin spent six years scouring previously unseen records and the results will be shown on television in an upcoming documentary, Titanic: Case Closed.

He believes a “haze” created by air currents caused the optical illusion – similar to the blur seen on a road during a warm day.

Mr Maltin analysed previously unseen weather records taken from more than 75 ship’s logs from the week the liner sunk on 15th April 1912, killing more than 1,500 people.

He found that a unique set of weather conditions caused an abnormal bending of light known as “super refraction.”

Despite the absolutely clear conditions that night, the mirage horizon camouflaged the iceberg and caused the lookouts to spot it too late on the ship’s maiden voyage from England to New York.


  1. Technically believable, be interesting to know the actual truth but I could believe this based on the evidence presented

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