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Did the Moon Sink the Titanic?
Sky and Telescope Website ^ | April, 2012 | Donald W. Olson, Russell L. Doescher & Roger W. Sinnott

Posted on 04/12/2012 3:50:53 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets

Did the Moon Sink the Titanic?

Exceptionally strong tides in early 1912 may have brought the iceberg into the doomed ship’s path.

On April 10, 1912, the Titanic sailed from Southampton, England, on its maiden voyage. After picking up passengers at Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland, the liner headed west across the North Atlantic to New York. But it would never get there. At 11:40 p.m. on April 14th, the Titanic struck an iceberg, and by 2:20 a.m. on April 15th the great ship had slipped beneath the waves. Although some 700 people were rescued from lifeboats, about 1,500 passengers and crew perished in the icy waters.

The year 2012 marks the centennial not only of the Titanic’s sinking, but also that of the little-known extreme lunar perigee of January 4, 1912. We investigated whether these two events could have been related through the Moon’s effect on ocean tides

(Excerpt) Read more at media.skyandtelescope.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Chit/Chat; History; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; titanic
A provocative thesis. Historically strong tides earlier in 1912 may have freed up icebergs grounded in shallow water, including the one that eventually struck the doomed ocean liner.
1 posted on 04/12/2012 3:51:01 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Did the moon sink the Indianapolis? By a different mechanism?

http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/news_archive/2002/05/indianapoliscruiser052402.html


2 posted on 04/12/2012 3:54:26 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Only if it happened during Obama’s second, third, forth or fifth term and the ship was American and built long after Bush left office.


3 posted on 04/12/2012 3:57:53 AM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Yes, the moon did sink it. Claims the night were moonless are wrong. It was either in waxing or waning crescent. That’s the only way it could cut the hull.


4 posted on 04/12/2012 4:08:30 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: edpc

Yes, but it was that man in the moon falling asleep on the job, again, that doomed the Titanic. BTW, there is NO note of that in the official inquiry. Shameful.


5 posted on 04/12/2012 4:20:23 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Anyone that has ever listened to the “Legend of the Titanic” by Jamie Brockett knows what really happened.

LLS


6 posted on 04/12/2012 4:26:26 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES! (accept only the original))
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Bump


7 posted on 04/12/2012 4:39:08 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: mc5cents

He needed a nap after eating all that green cheese.


8 posted on 04/12/2012 4:45:58 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Did the Moon Sink the Titanic?

I suppose it's a step up from blaming George Bush...

9 posted on 04/12/2012 4:57:58 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

BS. The Titanic hit the iceberg for one simple reason that has already been documented. The Captain was trying to set a speed record and refused to slow down in iceberg infested waters, simple as that. Moon, tide, black magic nor voodoo chants had anything to do with it. The reckless behavior of the Captain was partly due to the fact that the ship was supposed to be unsinkable, however it had a huge flaw in the design that actually contributed to its going under and those were the reasons it sank. Not tides, black magic, voodoo chants nor bad luck sank the Titanic, total disregard for safety did the job.


10 posted on 04/12/2012 4:58:49 AM PDT by calex59
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Did the moon sink the Indianapolis?

No, I believe it was the rising sun that sank the Indy.

11 posted on 04/12/2012 5:01:17 AM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Titanic Jokes:
http://www.cruisemates.com/forum/jokes-trivia-just-laughs/377022-best-titanic-jokes.html

12 posted on 04/12/2012 5:02:45 AM PDT by preacher (Communism has only killed 100 million people: Let's give it another chance!)
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To: LibLieSlayer
Jaime Brockett - Legend of the USS Titanic (FULL)
13 posted on 04/12/2012 5:29:45 AM PDT by tentmaker (vote for John Galt)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Did the Moon Sink the Titanic?


14 posted on 04/12/2012 6:16:00 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Oh, horse crap! Everyone knows that the Jews were responsible!

Don't argue...Iceberg, Goldberg...it is all the same!

15 posted on 04/12/2012 6:50:43 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: calex59
Actually, the sinking of the Titanic started at her design. It was a whole chain of actions that led to the final act.

Her design did not allow for sufficient expansion/contraction as the water temperature changed.

The rivets in her hull were defective.

Her water-tight bulkheads did not extend to the overheads, allowing water to spill over as the compartment flooded.

She was deemed 'Unsinkable'..."Not even God can sink her!".

The representative of the White Star Line, on the passage, pushed the Captain to set a speed record.

The Captain allowed his prudence to be over-ridden.

When the iceberg was sighted, and an attempt to avoid it took place, the officer of the watch ordered the screw on the side he was turning towards to be reversed, removing any effect on the hard-over rudder and slowing the turn, presenting the exposed side to the raking blow of the iceberg spur, opening multiple compartments to the sea.

Insufficient lifeboats (Initial Design).

Poor loading of the lifeboats...many released without being fully occupied.

All this being said, "The Commander is responsible for everything his men do or fail to do." Captain Smith failed to command on that voyage. He failed to understand that his ship was indeed vulnerable.

16 posted on 04/12/2012 7:06:05 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Everybody knows it was George Bush’s fault the Titanic sank...he used Dick Cheney’s time machine. Bush was also responsible for causing the sinking of the Lusitania, the Great Depression and the attack on Pearl Harbor. (sarcasm)


17 posted on 04/12/2012 7:21:47 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets; Campion

If I recall correctly, the clouds cleared at just the right time for the moon to illuminate the Indianapolis as the Japanese sub had lined up the perfect firing solution.

As with all man-made disasters, it wasn’t just one thing but a chain of events which determined the outcome.

Any one of the events going differently would have changed the outcome.


18 posted on 04/12/2012 7:43:12 AM PDT by henkster (Wanted: Politicians willing to say "No" to people. No experience required.)
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To: calex59

Not disagreeing. The point of the article is that extreme tides on January 4, 1912 may have shaken a lot grounded icebergs loose. The fact that those waters were exceptionally “iceberg infested” was probably the result of the strongest tides in the eight hundred years before or after the sinking.


19 posted on 04/12/2012 8:36:23 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Failure to post a lookout for icebergs (or failure of a lookout to pay attention) sank the Titanic.


20 posted on 04/12/2012 10:24:23 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: edpc

waning crescent - Last quarter April 9, New moon April 17.


21 posted on 04/12/2012 4:39:33 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Note: this topic is dated 4/12/2012.

Blast from the Past.

Thanks Lonesome in Massachussets.
Exceptionally strong tides in early 1912 may have brought the iceberg into the doomed ship’s path.
Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


22 posted on 03/15/2013 7:23:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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