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Could do another adaptation of A Night To Remember


With the ship breaking in two etc.

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I'd love another adaptation

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Sadly, it's probably still the best film about the Titanic. While I'd change some stuff up (most pressing would be historical accuracy based on modern discovery) it's still well paced and actually about the Titanic instead of just making it a vehicle for another storyline.

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There's the other Titanic book by Walter Lord The Night Lives On.

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Thanks for that. I'll have to check it out.

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In their defense they didn’t know the ship broke in half back then

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There were some survivors who claimed they saw the ship break up. This was never verified until Robert Ballard found the wreck in 1985.

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There is a great site that has a lot of historical testimonies about the sinking. The testimony of Charles Joughin is pretty good. He was the head baker on ship and is known for being the last survivor to have actually been aboard the ship before it sank. He also swam for hours in the ocean after the sinking. He mentions the buckling of the ship but didn't lend any real details, mostly because he didn't seem to know what had happened. I'm unaware of the names of others who gave testimony about the ship being broke apart but I'm sure there are more.

https://www.titanicinquiry.org

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Thank you for the link!

So it was the British Wreck Commissioner who ultimately concluded that the ship did not break up:

Her stern was gradually rising out of the water, and the propellers were clear of the water. (14078) The ship did not break in two; (14075) and she did eventually attain the perpendicular, (14084a) when the second funnel from aft about reached the water. (14089) There were no lights burning then, though they kept alight practically until the last.

The U.S. Senate Inquiry had come to the same conclusion:

There have been many conflicting statements as to whether the ship broke in two, but the preponderance of evidence is to the effect that she assumed an almost end-on position and sank intact.

That explains how the idea of the ship sinking in one piece became common knowledge (even though it was erroneous).

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