What if Titanic had only four watertight bulkheads damage?

Nov 2014
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ph
#1
What if due to luck, Titanic was not initially fatally damaged that night, and only the four front bulkheads were pierced, what is the possibility that the bulkheads, with the weight of the water behind them, will hold until Carpathia comes to the rescue?
 
Aug 2010
15,448
Welsh Marches
#5
The bulkheads were indeed designed to be sufficiently strong to hold the weight of water; the problem that arose when five compartments were pierced was that the water was then able to run over the top of the bulkheads (which were not built in such a way as to totally enclose the compartments) and the water then ran forward into the following compartments. If only four were pierced, that should not have happened. But I am only talking from memory here, and someone with more expert knowledge may wish to correct me!
 

Chlodio

Ad Honorem
Aug 2016
3,514
Dispargum
#6
If the rest of the ship remains bouyant the entire ship remains almost horizontal with only some slight settling in the bow. The water inside of the ship would not rise any higher than than the water outside of the ship. Since most of the ship remains above water, most of the forward compartments also remain full of air, not water. Historically, water only spilled over the top of the bulkheads when the bow dipped into the ocean (or slightly before). The bow had to get very low in the water before spill over occurred.
 
Jun 2017
2,555
Connecticut
#7
What if due to luck, Titanic was not initially fatally damaged that night, and only the four front bulkheads were pierced, what is the possibility that the bulkheads, with the weight of the water behind them, will hold until Carpathia comes to the rescue?
Ship survives. Little known secret is if action had been taken quickly Titanic could have even survived the damage she took in real life by plugging the hole in the fifth compartment(which even if partially successful could have considerably slowed the flooding) and by taking steps to prolong the sinking(which were not taken, the compartments were even kept open so the ship would sink evenly). Smith had no experience handling adversity and he just took the engineer Andrews's technically correct prediction of doom(which the record states was too pessimistic, he gave the ship about an hour, and in reality it had about two and a half, maybe with better info Smith acts different?) at face value. This is a part of incompetence that is never talked about, even if I am wrong, the ship could have survived considerably longer and another two hours could have saved virtually all the lives that were lost. Hard to blame Smith for wanting to evacuate first given the circumstances but the guy didn't even participate in that, and his depiction in the movie was quite accurate and while it's possible he died on the edge of one of the collapsibles the way several eyewitnesses accounts support, it's also quite possible he went to hide in the wheelhouse as the movie depicted though there were no eyewitnesses(and wouldn't be given the nature of that situation).

But yes four compartments Titanic survives. Incredibly if the ship had rammed the iceberg head on she survives and considerably smaller ships had survived similar collisions. The only way she sinks from that collision was the specific way she hits the iceberg is with the specific response time resulting in it sliding across the side. A second or two faster or a second or two slower and Titanic likely survives. Likely a horrible crash(that would be a footnote in history) with hundreds of people killed but the ship survives. Bulkheads in the front of the ship go up all the way and the runaway effect that resulted from flooding in compartments five and six and the hull being dragged further down could not have occurred.
 
Dec 2018
68
California
#8
The Germans would of had detailed blueprints of the ship. Still would of went down.
That Commander would of been salivating reading of accounts of the unsinkable Titanic and all their amenities leaving on it's maiden voyage.

https://research.mysticseaport.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Deutschland-Postcard.jpg

As far as "range" goes uboat could easily of been towed into position, and scuttled for a fast getaway. They probably would of used one of their older boats. Do believe a Uboat was discovered not to far from the sinking of Titanic a few years ago, But identified as a WWII uboat?

Course was already preset and published before they set sail, one through the bow, and one midship. Direct hits.


 
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Jul 2016
8,401
USA
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The Germans would of had detailed blueprints of the ship. Still would of went down.
That Commander would of been salivating reading of accounts of the unsinkable Titanic and all their amenities leaving on it's maiden voyage.

https://research.mysticseaport.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Deutschland-Postcard.jpg

As far as "range" goes uboat could easily of been towed into position, and scuttled for a fast getaway. They probably would of used one of their older boats. Do believe a Uboat was discovered not to far from the sinking of Titanic a few years ago, But identified as a WWII uboat?

Course was already preset and published before they set sail, one through the bow, and one midship. Direct hits.


:think:

You're suggesting a German U-Boat sank the Titanic?
 
#10
The Germans would of had detailed blueprints of the ship. Still would of went down.
That Commander would of been salivating reading of accounts of the unsinkable Titanic and all their amenities leaving on it's maiden voyage.

https://research.mysticseaport.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Deutschland-Postcard.jpg

As far as "range" goes uboat could easily of been towed into position, and scuttled for a fast getaway. They probably would of used one of their older boats. Do believe a Uboat was discovered not to far from the sinking of Titanic a few years ago, But identified as a WWII uboat?

Course was already preset and published before they set sail, one through the bow, and one midship. Direct hits.


If the Titanic hit an iceberg, why a trail of coal and steel from impact site?
19:25


other underwater footage out there of "iceberg damage"
 

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