02 January 17 The sinking of the RMS Titanic may have been caused by an enormous fire on board, not by hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic, experts have claimed, as new evidence has been published to support the theory. More than 1,500 passengers lost their lives when the Titanic sank on route to New York from Southampton in April 1912.
The map shows the Titanic's intended route and where it sank.
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Australia's own Titanic, Part Two Bully Forbes was just the man to captain the Schomberg's maiden voyage. He had previously broken records sailing ships on the England-Melbourne route, 63 days was his best. The Schomberg was fast, safe and opulent. Captain Bully Forbes boasted before he left England "Hell or Melbourne in 60 days" They hit calm conditions near the equator and slowed for 10 days. Once they sighted Australia the Captain hugged the coast to make up the lost time. On Boxing Day…
The Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-Boat off the Irish coast on May 1915 and sank in 18 minutes, killing of the people aboard. The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany, contributed to the American entry into World War I.