the ship itself, not the movie.
it's been rumored for years that the Olympic, the Titanic's nearly identical older sister, was switched with the Titanic in a bid to collect
insurance money. on the surface that seems absurd, but it isn't outside of the realm of possibility. the Olympic was viewed as something of a lemon;
it was involved in a collision with a warship and had been sent back to drydock numerous times for repair. the White Star Line was relying on income
from the Olympic to pay for the building of the Titanic and the youngest sister the Gigantic (later renamed the Brittanic), so when the numbers came
in lower than expected, White Star had a problem. so, a plan was concocted to switch the Olympic and the Titanic, sink the Olympic near enough to
another ship to get the passengers off the ship and collect the insurance money.
looked very nearly the same. in fact, the White Star Line used pictures of
the Olympic in all of its promotional materials for the Titanic. (there were internal differences, but I'll get to that later.) slap on a new brass
nameplate, and you've got another ship.
now onto the sinking. why would White Star intentionally kill so many people? obviously, they wouldn't. that's not good for business. someone fouled
up and landed up sinking the ship too far away from nearby ships. J. Bruce Ismay (the president of White Star) ordered Captain Smith to go full-speed
ahead, despite both of them being fully aware of an iceberg field straight ahead. now, it could be said that Ismay was trying to reach New York
quicker to make Titanic seem faster, but that wasn't likely to change the perception of White Star ships. the Cunard line was the holder of the
fastest ships on the North Atlantic at that time, and White Star based its marketing on luxury, not speed. they also knew about the lack of lifeboats,
but in 1912, that wasn't seen as a problem. lifeboats were just there to ferry passengers from the sinking ship to a rescue ship. so everything goes
horribly wrong, Captain Smith goes down with the ship along with over a thousand others and Ismay lives out the rest of his life in hiding.
but, with every good conspiracy theory, there is a catch. the internal design of the Titanic is a sticking point. there are numerous rather
significant differences between the Olympic and the Titanic. the Titanic had a French style cafe, the Olympic did not. the layout of the Turkish baths
on the Titanic were different than on the Olympic. the Olympic had a dorm-style third class, while the Titanic had seperate rooms that slept from 4-16
people. also, so many people would have to been involved in a switch, it's unlikely everyone would have kept silent. but, we won't ever really know.
I don't think anyone has asked any Titanic survivors about the layout of the inside of the ship, and there really weren't a lot of third class
passengers left to ask about third class. White Star did eventually get an insurance settlement, but that went to families of the deceased.
I'm a font of useless Titanic info, so any Titanic questions in general I can probably answer. oh, and what do I think about this? like I said, it
isn't outside of the realm of possibility.