Massive Iceberg ‘Tore Away’ Titanic’s Rivets, Caused Water To Flood In & Sink Ship

On April 14 of 1912, The luxurious ship known as the Titanic sank. After days out at sea, the massive vessel hit the side of a large iceberg. The collision caused parts of the boat to come apart, letting in huge amounts of ocean water at fast speeds—until the sinking could no longer be stopped.

About 1,500 of the 2,200 passengers on board sank with the vessel.

Ten decades and one hit film later, REELZ’s new docuseries, Collision Course: Titanic, looks back at the historic tragedy and what really caused the luxury ship to sink.

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“It didn’t puncture the steel like a can opener ripping through it, it bent it in, is what we think happened. And it dislodged and tore away a significant number of rivets in certain areas—and that allowed the plates to separate just enough,” says Titanic expert Ken Marshall in the docuseries trailer.

The separation of the plates was what allowed the massive amounts of water to leak into the ship and cause it to drop down into the ocean.


According to Marshall, the amount of water inside the boat was the equivalent of about 12 or 13 square feet.

Collision Course: Titanic, airs Sunday, August 19 at 10:00 ET / PT on REELZ.


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