Those who follow me might know that sometimes I get very easily and very much annoyed by some things in the Titanic world. One of the things that makes me most angry is when people push the Titanic/Olympic switch conspiracy “theory”.
The switch conspiracy, largely formulated and/or popularized by Robin Gardiner, posits that the Titanic and her identical sister ship Olympic were switched with each other while Titanic was under construction, and that it was Olympic that was supposed to be intentionally sunk as part of an insurance scam. According to this idea, things didn’t quite go right, and so people died, but it’s supposed to be Olympic down there on the ocean floor.
There are many ways to go about debunking this ridiculous conspiracy. One can look at archival evidence, you could just go down to the wreck, or you can just use common sense. For the ships to be switched, which is supposed to have happened in an extremely short time, thousands of workers would have had to switch thousands of fittings between the two ships, not to mention make many major and minor changes to both ships to make them resemble the other in their details. No evidence of this has ever been found in the wreck or elsewhere, and if it were true, those thousands of shipyard workers must have been awfully good at staying quiet about it.
Much of the supposed evidence some people present is merely a matter of ignorance, such as those pointing out a couple extra portholes under the forecastle while Titanic was in Southampton were not there in post-launch photos, or that the positions of the lettering of the ship’s name on the bow suspiciously change, not realizing that the portholes were a known addition made during fitting-out, and that photographers of the time often touched up photographic negatives by erasing, adding, or enhancing details, such as imperfectly scratching out the ship’s name in the photo when it was not easily visible in the untouched photo. Other “evidence” is entirely fabricated, often due to astounding levels of ignorance. Many of Gardiner’s claims are just that: Fabricated. (Of course, all “good” conspiracy theorists will just tell me I’m wrong and that I’m only buying the “official” story, and that I’m probably just a government shill and that I need to “wake up”.)
Perhaps one of the most blatantly fabricated claims from this conspiracy hypothesis is that of the names on the ship’s bow being switched. A popular “documentary” making the rounds on Youtube, largely based on Gardiner’s claims and hosted by a man whose jaw very well could have sunk the Titanic (oh I’m sorry, I mean Olympic), makes the claim that Robert Ballard and his team once looked at the ship’s name on the wreck, and ended up seeing an “M P”, part of “O L Y M P I C”. The documentary also claims that while the White Star Line engraved the lettering into the hulls of their ships, Titanic’s letters were steel letters that were riveted onto the hull, and that the M and P were visible after two of the letters supposedly fell off the wreck, implying that T I T A N I C was simply riveted over the engraved letters of O L Y M P I C.
That claim, above all else, is as fabricated as Jack and Rose. A screenshot from that “documentary” has been spread around by conspiracy believers which shows an M and P on the wreck, shown above, but it;’s not what it seems. If you watch that part (starting at 9:30) of the actual “documentary”, you’ll find that it’s nothing more than a fake CGI job, and poorly-done at that. That computer-generated image is the only such supposed image showing an M and P, and has often been passed around as being real, helping to further illustrate the pure ignorance of conspiracy believes.
If you look at actual wreck footage showing Titanic’s name on the bow section, you’ll see that not only is there not an M or P, or any sign of any other letters, but that the letters are not riveted onto the hull, but cut into the plating. At no point in that footage, or any other imagery, have I ever seen any sign of an M P or any sort of foul play. As for Ballard seeing an M and P, that’s a claim I’ve only ever heard from that debacle of a “documentary” and anybody who watched it. Many dives have been made to the wreck, and if there genuinely was an M P, or that the letters were riveted on, it wouldn’t be something you’d only hear on websites whose articles all include the term “SHOCKING TRUTH”. (Oh, yes, I forgot, they all must have been paid off by the government and banks and any footage edited by the CIA and NWO). Of course there are some who claim to see an M or P in the actual Titanic wreck footage, but it’s always merely a trick of the eye caused by them either seeing patterns made by rot on the wreck, or not knowing what they’re looking at in the first place. Like when Jesus or Mary are seen on toasted cheese sandwiches only by those who believe in those things, an M or P have only been seen by conspiracy believers who only see what they want to see.
And if you only see what you want to see, like most conspiracy believers on the internet, then there’s nothing I can say that will convince you otherwise. But please, for the love of Sagan, stop shoving this shite “documentary” into people’s faces, and stop using that M P image as proof.
A recovered fixture from the Titanic’s Grand Staircase.
Titanic’s First Class In Color!
A colorized photo of Fredrick Fleet, the man who unfortunately will forever be best known as the person who had to say “Iceberg, right ahead!” The picture comes from this awesome album of 55 colorized historic photos. I’m kind of surprised that wound up in there, I imagine few people can recognize Fleet.
If you’d like to know more about Fleet, Titanic historian Paul Lee has a great write up about his last years and sad end on is site. If you haven’t clicked yet maybe this line will draw you in
Before Reade’s interview, there had been no mention of the delay before signalling the bridge; indeed, there is no suggestion of any gap between seeing the iceberg and ringing the bell - and for obvious good reason. If the story Fleet told was true, then he no doubt feared that he would be blamed for not being more prompt in his warning, which could have saved the ship if given in time
CALLING ALL TITANORAKS!
Do you love the RMS Titanic? The movie/s or the ship? Do people tell you you’re obsessed? Most importantly, do you have a collection of cool stuff you love that’s all about Titanic?
If so, I’d love to see your collections!
If you have a collection of Titanic books, merchandise, models, plans, or anything else you like to call your own little Titanic collection, then feel free to pile all your stuff up (or arrange it nicely) and take a photo of your collection, or your favorite pieces in your collection, and then submit them to me along with a list of what’s in your collection.
Optionally, you can also include a short write-up about your collection, why you’re interested in the Titanic, and if only showing one or a few particular objects, why you treasure those things.
You may submit photos through here or the link below. If you have multiple photos to submit, submit them in multiple submissions (with your write-up in one of them) and I’ll put them together in one post.
I’m looking forward to seeing your collections! :)
Sign the petition to release the Titanic score in its entirety.
The Titanic soundtrack album quickly climbed to the top of the charts, becoming – and remaining to this day – the highest-selling primarily orchestral soundtrack of all time. The tremendous success spawned a sequel album, Back to Titanic, which contained little new material, other than a suite of themes and classical pieces by I Salonisti.
However, there’s so much we haven’t heard.
17 years after the film’s initial release - including a magnificent re-release in 3-D to mark the 100th anniversary of the actual sinking of the Titanic - virtually no actual score has been released for the film. The two released soundtracks contain album versions of the film score, which differ significantly from what was presented in the final cut of the film. Searches on the ASCAP database reveal tantalizing glimpses of unreleased tracks, including Two and a Half Miles Down, Butterfly Comb, and Gift of a Necklace. Several key moments of score remain hidden and unreleased, including the simple yet resounding opening track - the music from Jack’s death, played over the scenes of the ship’s departure from Southampton. Fans of the film - and of Horner’s tremendous contribution - are eager to hear Titanic in its entirety, as it is meant to be heard.
Sign the petition here.
999 + first appearances