“We are looking at the exact area where the iceberg stuck, and we appear to have a weakness or damage to the hull in that specific place, before she even left Belfast,” says Molony.
Experts have confirmed the marks are likely caused by a fire started in a fuel storage spot behind one of the ship’s boiler rooms. A team of 12 men attempted to put out the fire, but it was too large to control, reaching over 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
Because the fire weakened the structure of the boat, when the Titanic hit the iceberg, the steel lining tore open and the ship took on water.
Molony also says the crew knew about the fire and the fatalities should also be blamed on their criminal negligence, saying the ship never should have been put to sea to begin with.