Book by Metallurgists Blames Rivets for Titanic Tragedy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

New York (AP) Two metal experts have come to the conclusion that cost cutting might be to blame in the sinking of the Titanic.

The co-authors of a new book titled “What Really Sank The Titanic” blame cheap rivets. They say the northern Ireland shipyard that built the giant passenger liner needed to construct it quickly and at a reasonable cost.

The company has long disputed the idea of inferior rivets. But the authors point to their new research using records and sophisticated tests on some of the actual rivets. They say the builders decided to use weaker rivets on the bow and stern where there should have been less pressure. Instead, it was the bow that hit an iceberg.

More than 1,500 people died when the Titanic snk in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage in 1912.

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