Titanic iceberg is thought to be 100,000 years old

The iceberg that sank the Titanic is thought to be 100,000 years old, according to scientists who have been tracing the origins of the colossal lump.

The staggering discovery was uncovered after researchers crosschecked data on ocean currents and witness descriptions from 1912.

Having spent time carefully tracing the iceberg, scientists now believe its originates from snow which fell 100,000 years which formed glaciers south-west of Greenland.

When the Titanic smashed into the side of the iceberg in 1912, the iceberg is thought to have measured 400 feet in length, with a mass of 1.5m tonnes.

Titanic iceberg
Titanic iceberg

The staggering size of the lump of ice, thought to have been 100ft above the water, may have been 1,700ft long when it first formed.

Scientists believe that the huge iceberg is likely to have drifted from the Qassimiut on the southwest coast of Greenland.

‘We have a computer model for calculating the paths of icebergs in any given year,’ said Grant Bigg, professor of earth system science at Sheffield University told The Sunday Times.

The Titanic
The Titanic

The sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage to New York City left 1,517 people dead on 14 April 1912.

The public reacted in complete shock to the sinking of the largest ship afloat at the time, with many people criticising the safety measures and regulations of the ship.

Icebergs are created when layers of snow form on top of each other and create an icy glacier. When part of the glacier breaks off, it forms an floating iceberg.

Titanic to sail again in 2018

A fully functioning replica of RMS Titanic is set to launch in 2018, 106 years after the original vessel sunk in the North Atlantic Ocean.

This updated version, named Titanic II, is the brainchild of Australian billionaire Clive Palmer and his company, Blue Star Line.

While it will look virtually identical to the 1912 cruise ship, it will be four metres wider, with its hull welded together rather than riveted due to modern maritime safety requirements.

Unlike the original, the new ship will have enough lifeboats, along with marine evacuation systems – and a boat deck housing replicas of the original lifeboats.

Titanic 2
Titanic 2

The replica ship wlll be 270 metres long, 53 metres high and weigh 40,000 tonnes, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

Like the original, Titanic II will offer first, second and third class tickets.

It will have nine floors and 840 cabins to accommodate 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members.

Titanic 2
Titanic 2

The liner will have a swimming pool, Turkish baths and gyms.

James McDonald, the marketing director of Blue Star Line said: “The new Titanic will of course have modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems and all those things you’d expect on a 21st century ship.

“We are not looking for investment from Dubai, as it is a project we are funding ourselves, but we have been in contact with a number of companies based in the Emirates who are looking at utilising opportunities that arises with the project

“It is people looking to use the opportunity of the trademark and licensing potential of the project… We own the Titanic II name and trademark and people are lining up to be part of it.”

The maiden voyage will be from Jiangsu in Eastern China to Dubai and not like its namesake from Southampton to New York.

The original Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in 1912 after colliding with an iceberg in the North Atlantic – killing more than 1,500 passengers and crew.