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Titanic sinking due to steering error?

The granddaughter of the most senior officer to survive the sinking of the Titanic has revealed that the Titanic sank due to a steering error. [Thx Kristen! UPDATED LINK]

More than 1500 people died when the ship sank on April 15, 1912.

Patten said the crash happened because a crew member steered right when he should have steered left.

The Titanic was built at a time when the world was converting from sail to steam ships, which used two different steering systems, Patten said.

Some of the Titanic’s crew were used to using the old Tiller Orders, where you steer right to go left and left to go right.

Others were more familiar with the modern Rudder Orders, where you steer the way you want to go.

In a moment of panic, the steersman used the wrong orders and turned toward the iceberg. The ship had four minutes to change course but by that time it was too late.

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2 thoughts on “Titanic sinking due to steering error?

  1. I feel I could take this story more seriously if she seemed like she knew who was even steering. I was a total history nerd as a child (as opposed to a mild history coolguy as an adult) and I’m quite sure it was Quartermaster Hitchens. Does he have family to be contacted/shamed forever about this revelation?

    I would like to see this picked up and more thoroughly examined by bigger news organizations than the Star and NOTW.

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