There’s new evidence about what sank the Titanic (and it’s not the iceberg)

"This isn’t a simple story of colliding with an iceberg and sinking."
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Maybe it wasn't just the iceberg's fault.

There's evidence that the Titanic – called the "unsinkable ship" – was already badly damaged by a fire before it even left on its maiden voyage, according to a new documentary from Channel 4.

In the documentary, Titanic: The New Evidence, researchers claim a coal fire was burning uncontrollably before the ship left Belfast on its way to Southampton, and it continued to blaze throughout the trip that was supposed to end in New York. Among the evidence presented are photos that show a dark mark on Titanic's hull – the same part of the ship that hit the iceberg.

Irish journalist Senan Molony says in the documentary that the fire weakened that part of the ship – and it was kept a secret so that Titanic could head out on time. He told The Times that if it wasn't for the fire, the crash with the iceberg could have been a minor bump.

"This isn’t a simple story of colliding with an iceberg and sinking. It’s a perfect storm of extraordinary factors coming together: fire, ice and criminal negligence," Molony said.

The documentary is available to watch on YouTube:

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