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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

And There Was a Second Iceberg on the Grassy Knoll

It wasn't the Titanic that sank on the night of April 14, 1912—it was its identical twin, the Olympic.

While Olympic was being patched up after her encounter with Hawke the solution to the owners' and builder's problems would have became obvious. Even as they cannibalised parts from the second, almost complete and practically identical, sister ship the idea of a complete switch must have occurred. After all, It wouldn't be the first or last time that the identities of ships had been transferred one to another. To this day the most common major maritime fraud is to switch the names of ships. If the ships were switched then the damaged Olympic, masquerading as her sister Titanic, could be lost at sea and an insurance claim made. [Link, via Metafilter]

Ryan

I know this is an old post, but I saw it as I was browsing the site and thought I'd comment. I've heard this silly conspiracy before, but it's very easily debunked. Titanic and Olympic were very similar, but there are obvious external differences. Titanic's A-deck promenade, for instance, was enclosed--it was open on the Olympic. These ships sat in public view nearly all the time--there's no way they could have made such blatant structural modifications without word getting out. These were famous ships, after all. It just goes to show that some people will believe any crazy thing some ignorant person makes up.

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