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The Conspiracy Theory!

Many years ago, I watched a documentry which was shown on TV. This documentry was about the Whitestar line, and the role they played, in the sinking of the Titanic.

After watching this documentry, I became very interested in the fact, that this might not have been a mere accident, so, I have since researched a lot, to do with conspiracy theories behind the sinking of the Titanic, and now I bring, what I know to you.

You be the Judge!

The RMS Olympic, and the RMS Titanic conspiracy.

The Olympic and the Titanic, as seen together in Belfast
As the picture shows, to the left of your screen, both ships, The Olympic, and the Titanic, sat side by side in Belfast. This of course, is where this conspiracy begins.

Whitestar line, had several problems with the RMS Olympic, from the time, they launched her back in October of 1910. People were starting to say, the ship was cursed very unreliable, and refused to book with Whitestar line. The ship had been in and out of the Harland and Wolff docks, in Belfast, to many times for repairs, since her launch. This was becoming by far, a very costly endeavour for Whitestar line.

Whitestar line, had to some how, cover the costs, of all the repairs being made to the Olympic, plus, still pay for the work to be finished, on the almost completed Titanic. ( The Titanic, seen on the right, in the picture above )

J Bruce Ismay ( Chairman of Whitestar line ) and J. P. Morgan ( American railroad tycoon, and owner of Whitestar line ) composed a plan, where they could not only recover the costs of the repairs being made to the Olympic, but they could also recover the money it had taken to build the Titanic.

Their idea was, while both ship were in the Belfast docks together ( The Olympic in for repairs ), they would late one night, when the Titanic, was completed, and before the Olympic left the docks to return to her North Atlantic run, they would change the ID name plates on both ships, turning the newly completed Titanic into the Olympic, and the older more unreliable Olympic into the Titanic. They would then have the Olympic sail as the Titanic on her maiden voyage, but have something go wrong, and sink the Olympic, leaving the public, and most importantly, their insurance people, thinking the Titanic sunk on her maiden voyage. The two men thought this plan was great, they would have gotten rid of the nightmare they named Olympic, and be able to collect the insurance money on the Titanic.

The plan they thought, was fool proof. They would have another ship in the area, so that when the Olympic was sinking, they would be able to save all the passengers and crew, and in turn, Whitestar line would be hailed as heroes.

Sunday April 14th 1912. J Bruce Ismay, had found the perfect answer to his one small problem in the plan to sink the ship. They had no way of truly explaining the actual sinking, that is, until the actual day of the sinking. Captain E.J. Smith, had been recieving a lot of iceberg warnings, so knowing this, J Bruce Ismay ordered the captain to take the ship, full steam ahead. During the course of the day, the ship also made an unscheduled course change ( no one knows who gave the order to change course, and no one knows why ) This course change put the ship onto a direct path with a huge iceberg, that had been reported to the bridge, earlier that day. This course change, was also a big mistake, it took the ship further away from the ship, that was to be the rescue ship.

All went horribly wrong, the moment, the ship hit the iceberg. The rescue ship, that was supposed to be near the ship, was no were in sight, and the closest ship responding to their SOS, was the Carpathia and she was over 2 hours away. So what was to be the perfect plan, turned into one of the 20th centuries worst maritime disasters.

The Facts

  • When the titanic left the Harland and Wolff docks, in Belfast, on her way to the South Hampton docks, for her maiden voyage. Why did she have a newly named room, The Olympic room? Is it because, a lot of shipping merchants believe, it is bad luck to change the name on a ship, and J Bruce Ismay, and J.P. Morgan, thought it best, to have the Olympics name still somewhere on board?
  • On the day, the Titanic, was set to sail her maiden voyage, why did the owner of Whitestar line J.P. Morgan cancel his passage, only hours before the ship was due to sail?
  • Why did J Bruce Ismay order the Captain to take her full steam ahead, knowing full well they had recieved a great many iceberg warnings?
  • Why did the ship make an unscheduled course change? Was this to put her on a collision course with that iceberg?
  • Why is it, that any of the crew, that could have proven a conspiracy, go down with the ship, that night? Is this so no body would be able to speak out about, what J Bruce Ismay, and J.P. Morgan had done?

We may never know the actual truth behind the sinking of the Titanic, but with GREAT conspiracy theory sites on the web, and excellent books coming out, and raising some hard cold facts about that night,we atleast have the chance to look at it, from a different point of view.

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