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Unusual number of icebergs led to the demise of the Titanic

While the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 is typically blamed on human, design and construction errors, a study points to two other unfavourable factors outside human control.

There were a greater number of icebergs than normal that year, and weather conditions had driven them further south and earlier in the year than usual, the researchers said.

The RMS Titanic embarked on its maiden voyage, sailing from Southampton, England, to New York City April 10, 1912. One of the largest and most luxurious passenger liners at that time, the ship struck an iceberg on the night of April 14, and sank by the morning of the next day.

The Titanic

The Titanic

The Titanic disaster saw 1,517 people perish and only 700 survive.


The paper also notes that iceberg discharge from glaciers is increasing, with more heavy iceberg years since the 1980s than before — and increasing global warming will likely cause this trend to continue.

Titanic launch ticket

Titanic launch ticket

“As use of the Arctic increases in the future with declining sea-ice, and as polar ice sheets are increasingly losing mass as well, the iceberg risk is likely to increase in the future, rather than decline,” said co-author, professor Grant Bigg from University of Sheffield in Britain.

The study appeared in the journal Significance.

Plaque for Titanic band leader

A COMMEMORATIVE plaque in memory of the band leader on the RMS Titanic will be unveiled this week.

Wallace Hartley and his orchestra of eight performers played for the passengers during the sinking of the Titanic to try and help keep them calm.

Mr Hartley was born in Lancashire, but moved to Bridlington in 1902, where he worked at The Spa, before working on ocean liners including the Lucania, the Luscitania and the Mauritania.

The Titanic band

The Titanic band

He left behind his fiancee, Maria Robinson, to perform on the Titanic, and never returned – though his violin was recovered from the sea and returned to her in 1912.


On Thursday (JUL 17), a blue plaque will be unveiled by chair of East Riding of Yorkshire Council Patricia O’Neil, as part of the launch of the The Spa Bridlington’s summer season and the first performance of Showtime the Musical II.

The Titanic

The Titanic

Andrew Aldis, general manager of The Spa Bridlington said, “Keeping history alive is an important part of operating a venue with the heritage of The Spa Bridlington but any connection with the RMS Titanic will increase the visibility of a place in the eyes of many tourists. This commemorative plaque could serve to promote our town to a worldwide market and that can only be a good thing.”