NEW YORK (AP) - Two metal experts have come to the conclusion
that cost cutting might be to blame in the sinking of the Titanic.
The co-authors of a new book titled "What Really Sank the
Titanic" blame cheap rivets. They say the Northern Ireland
shipyard that built the giant passenger liner needed to construct
it quickly and at a reasonable cost.
The company has long disputed the idea of inferior rivets. But
the authors point to their new research using records and
sophisticated tests on some of the actual rivets. They say the
builders decided to use weaker rivets on the bow and stern where
there should have been less pressure. Instead, it was the bow that
hit an iceberg.
More than 1,500 people died when the Titanic sank in the North
Atlantic on its maiden voyage in 1912.