The hull, weakened by the three-week fire, broke apart when it hit the iceberg, killing 1,500 passengers. Molony believes if it weren’t for the fire damage, the collision would have been survivable. He says the fire could have weakened the ship’s steel by as much as 75 percent.
The theory has been around for a little while, but new photographic evidence has placed it at the forefront for many historians. Molony revealed those photos on the UK television show, “Titanic: The New Evidence”, which aired Sunday.
Molony identified 30-foot long black marks around the hull, directly behind the spot where the iceberg pierced the ship’s lining.