In April 1912 the unthinkable happened – the unsinkable Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg. Or so it was thought. For more than 80 years, the drama of the last hours of the Titanic has long fascinated the public. The discovery of the wreck by Dr. Robert Ballard and his team became one of the greatest media events of the late 1980s. However, as time passed, so evidence has appeared to cast doubt on the accepted wisdom of the great liner’s fate.
Robin Gardiner put forward one of the most controversial and complex theories in his book, Titanic: The Ship That Never Sank? In it, Gardiner draws on several events and coincidences that occurred in the months, days, and hours leading up to the sinking of the Titanic on that fateful night. He concludes that the ship that sank was in fact Titanic’s sister ship Olympic, disguised as Titanic, as an insurance scam.