World's Greatest Mysteries Collection

Season 1 Episode 28

World's Greatest Mysteries RMS Titanic: Design Failure, U-Boat, Or Iceberg?

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World's Greatest Mysteries RMS Titanic: Design Failure, U-Boat, Or Iceberg?
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Controversy. Conspiracy. Confusion. History is fraught with events -- from local to global -- that have never been satisfactorily explained. What caused the dinosaurs to perish? How were the Egyptian Pyramids built? What happened to the great Inca civilization? Was John Wilkes Booth part of a large, sinister plot? Was George Armstrong Custer sacrificed to save the Grant Administration? Is there anything happening in Roswell, New Mexico, that should be shared with American citizens? Who shot John F. Kennedy? These and dozens of other international mysteries are investigated, explored, unraveled and reported. RMS Titanic: Design Failure, U-Boat, Or Iceberg? According to all reports, during her maiden voyage on the night of April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg, and sank in the North Atlantic two hours and forty minutes later. At the time, the Titanic was the largest passenger steamship in the world. Total death toll was 1,517, making it one of the worst peacetime maritime disasters in history and by far the most infamous. The Titanic used some of the most advanced technology available at the time and was popularly believed to be --unsinkable. Legend holds that nearly $300 million worth of diamonds still rest in the ship's holds. A daring attempt to retrieve lost treasures only inspired even greater uncertainty about the fate of the Titanic. This television program questions whether a collision with an iceberg really was the cause for the tragedy of the mighty ocean liner. It examines whether design defects or structural problems sealed the Titanic's fate before it ever left port. Another possibility for sinking the unsinkable is the suggestion that a German U-boat was lurking in the dark waters of the North Atlantic that night. Iceberg, design, or a torpedo . . . the fate of the Titanic remains a mystery nearly a century later.moreless
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