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“Iceberg, right ahead!” Sailor Frederick Fleet of the Titanic called out into the frigid air. And this terrifying announcement signaled the beginning of the ship’s end – or so we previously thought. That’s because Irish journalist Senan Molony has found evidence that suggests the vessel wasn’t actually doomed because of her collision with the hulking lump of ice. Worse yet, the true cause of the Titanic’s demise may have been purposely covered up since the ship’s infamous sinking.

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When the Titanic first set sail, though, no one expected her to meet such a disastrous end. Initially, you see, she was hailed as something of a maritime marvel. The steamer first set off from Southampton, England, on April 10, 1912, and made a pair of stops in France and Ireland before traveling on toward New York City. But as we know, the vessel would never make it there. Yes, sadly, just four days into her journey, at 11:40 p.m., the Titanic smashed into an iceberg – filling the ship’s supposedly unsinkable frame with water.

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