RMS Titanic/substandard hull


Hello.  Some years ago, I read a book that offered evidence concerning corruption among the decision-makers who built the Titanic and suggested (proved?) that the hull was not only sinkable but actually substandard; deftly explaining why Ishmay was one of the first people into a lifeboat.  It was a fascinating account but I cannot recall either title or author.  Can you help?  Thank so much.  --Meg

Hello, this is out of my area of expertise but I will chip in what I can.

Firstly White Star never advertised The Titanic as being unsinkable.  In 1911 a nautical magazine described the system of watertight bulkheads and doors as making it 'practically unsinkable', this spread and led people to believe this.

Some experts who studied the steel hull plates found that they had a high carbon content and theorised that they would shatter at cold temperatures.  However recent investigation on the wreck has confirmed that the rivets popped during the collision with the iceberg.

J. Bruce Ismay left on one of the last lifeboats.  Collapsible C at around 2am.

Hope this helps


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Michele Lowe


My area of expertise is the RMS Titanic, specifically the media coverage of the disaster. This is an interesting subject area as the disaster occured on the cusp of major changes in the reporting of major disasters. Wireless and photography were in their infancy so although they did manage to play a part in the conveyance of information to both sides of the Atlantic there were many inaccuracies and the full true story did not emerge until 4-5 days after the sinking of the ship. This inevitably caused much confusion, false hope and anguish to relatives and officials. However, the unfolding of the disaster in the press is an interesting area and is an important part of the whole subject. I also have a good knowledge of the titanic in general, from its conception to the final hours


I have worked as a public relations officer/editor for the past 20 years. I have also worked in newspapers and at the BBC as a Researcher for a current affairs programme. As part of a post graduate diploma course in the History of Press in Britain at Birkbeck College (University of London) I submitted an extended essay on this subject for which I received a distinction.

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BA History of Art in the Modern Period - De Montfort University, Leicester, UK - 1983 Diploma in the History of Press in Britain - Birkbeck College, University of London - 1998

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