Apparently, the Titanic was maybe NOT sunk by an iceberg — here’s what actually brought it down

Just when you think you know a little something about history, experts swoop in and turn your world upside down by suggesting that maybe the Titanic wasn’t sunk by an iceberg. Yeah, we know, our minds did a mental record scratch too because this is actually bonkers.

Now, we’ve heard our fair share of mind-boggling Titanic theories, like the one about Jack Dawson or the one about how Titanic almost ended. We nearly lost our shit while trying to process those and they were only related to the film, so this real-life news about the infamous sinking ship has left us struggling to make sense of it all.

As Esquire reports, a new documentary called Titanic: The New Evidence suggests that a steadily burning fire caused the RMS Titanic to sink, completely contradicting what we’ve believed about the ship’s demise for the past century. Apparently, the fire raged in the boiler room for three weeks, but went unnoticed by the crew.

"We are looking at the exact area where the iceberg struck, and we appear to have a weakness or damage to the hull in that specific place, before she even left Belfast," journalist Senan Molony said, citing 30-foot-long burn marks he observed near the place of impact.

So, what about the iceberg?

The official Titanic inquiry branded [the sinking] as an act of God," Molony told The Times about this new Titanic theory. "This isn't a simple story of colliding with an iceberg and sinking. It's a perfect storm of extraordinary factors coming together: fire, ice and criminal negligence."

Furthermore, Molony added that the investigators knew about the fire but downplayed its significance, adding that the ship “should’ve never been put out to sea.”