Saturday, February 25, 2006


Titanic legacy questioned


Port Clinton News Herald
By Dan Dearth
February 23, 2006

Local author's research used in History Channel program
PORT CLINTON --A Port Clinton man recently added his expertise to help forge a History Channel documentary that questions the theory behind one of maritime history's most infamous disasters.

With two critically acclaimed nautical books to his credit, David G. Brown, 62, 1853 S. Bay Drive, said he helped trace the final hours of Titanic for the documentary, "Titanic's Final Moments: Missing Pieces," which airs at 9 p.m. Sunday.
Titanic was an ocean liner that sank with about 1,500 people aboard during its maiden voyage in April of 1912. Most people believe Titanic sank after sideswiping an iceberg in the North Atlantic, Brown said. The ice is thought to have ripped a hole in Titanic's right side, causing the vessel to slowly take on water in its bow until the stern stuck straight out of the water. Once the ship became vertical, Titanic started its two and a half mile descent to the ocean floor, splitting in half along the way.

But evidence in the documentary shows Titanic grounded and then freed itself from an immersed piece of ice. In addition, the ship never reached a vertical position before sinking, Brown said. He maintains a 90 foot piece of steel supporting Titanic's bottom snapped shortly after the stern lifted out of the water.

"Titanic broke when the bow was tipped down at an angle of (about) 11 degrees," Brown said. "The ship did not break apart because it sank. It sank because it broke apart."

Brown said divers in a miniature submarine found the 90-foot beam in two 45-foot pieces last year near the wreck. Although Brown concedes his theory is just that, he said the two pieces of steel on the ocean's bottom help support his claim.

"The edges of the (steel) indicate it broke under tension -- not compression of being tipped up (vertically) in the air," he said. "We are talking about a substantial piece of steel."


Eu também já mandei um mail para o Dieter e ele ainda não disse nada.
Se estiver interessado podemos trocar algumas impressões. Tenho alguns livros e documentos da WW2.
Em especial dos primeiros meses de guerra no mar.

Sá Morais
O Dieter entrou em contacto comigo por telefone. O mais fácil será enviar-lhe uma mensagem através do blog.

Da 2ª guerra mundial apenas estudo as acções dos U-boats (VIIC), principalmente sobre o U-1277 e U-963.

Estou neste momento a escrever um livro sobre U-boats nas nossas costas na 1ª Guerra.

De resto interesso-me sobre quaisquer informações que conduzam à localização e identificação de naufrágios na nossa costa.

Envie-me o seu e-mail para
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