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Titanic Survivor Claims an Iceberg Didn’t Destroy the Ship

Titanic Survivor Claims an Iceberg Didn’t Destroy the Ship


Have you ever met a person who hasn’t ever
heard the story of Titanic? Unlikely. Even if you ask a 10-year-old, they’ll tell you
exactly what took down the gigantic ship. However, some survivors of the sinking legend
would beg to differ. Here’s one of their stories, and … surprise… it has nothing
to do with an iceberg. Armenian publicist Vaghinak Byurat was 25
years old in the spring of 1912. He described what happened on his journey to America on
the most famous ship in the world in his memoirs. Quick history quiz: do you remember when the
Titanic left the Southampton dock? Did I hear April 10, 1912? Yeah, that’s right. Now back to the story: in 1912, Vaghinak published
some books together with his father, a famous Armenian writer. His task was to take the
books to America. He had some health problems, so he was denied at the consulate at first,
but he got the papers he needed to enter the US after his father pulled some strings for
him. Vaghinak caught the legendary Orient Express from Istanbul to Le Havre, and from
there he made it to Southhampton. He learned that the nearest ship departing for the New
World was the Titanic, which everyone was talking about. He was pretty excited about
the journey, and arrived at the port neatly shaven and smartly dressed, with a trendy
cap and massive glasses that were popular in the US at that time. The writer met three
men with whom he shared cabin 804. They were two Englishmen and a French guy from Alsace
named Moren. Because Moren and Vaghinak were around the same age, and Vaghinak could speak
excellent French, they quickly became friends. They would hang out on the deck, at the onboard
saloon, the bar and the library. None of them could possibly imagine what would become of
the “unsinkable” ship just days later. They went to bed rather late on April 14,
just like on the other nights. Shortly after midnight, something that sounded like a big
explosion woke everyone up. “Bam”, the nightlights went out, and the Englishmen were
jolted from their bunks by a strong push. One of them injured his head, and another
one, his arm. The two new friends helped them up, took a few belongings with them and left
the cabin, not knowing they would never step back in it. Vaghinak only took his passport
and all the cash he had – about $54.00. It was clear that something was wrong, yet
it was quiet in the corridor. The young men tried to find out what was going on. None
of the crew members wanted to say anything, but a few minutes later it was impossible
to deny that the Titanic was going underwater. Vaghinak noticed the sailors were getting
the lifeboats out and commanded they were only for women and kids. Some men tried to
sneak in anyway, but gunshots were fired off to prevent them from doing so. Vaghinak and
Moren looked at each other, understanding they had two choices: stay on the sinking
ship and say goodbye to their futures, or at least try to save themselves by jumping
in the water. Both wanted to live and both knew they could swim well, so the choice was
obvious. Moren managed to get them two life vests. Vaghinak put his passport and money
in a little bag and tied it around his neck. The Titanic’s bow was already underwater
by that time. It must have taken them real courage: imagine you’re in the middle of
the high sea on a sinking ship and you know no one will save you right away. A lot of
people in this situation wouldn’t have dared to take it to the open water. So, Vaghinak and Moren jumped and got instantly
separated by a sudden wave. It only made things worse, because braving this catastrophe with
a friend was one thing, but doing it alone was way scarier. The water in the North Atlantic
that night was just below freezing, at a scary 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-2 C). The young writer
felt his arms and legs go numb, and he was understandably getting weaker and weaker every
second. He lost the life-vest and now his only hope for survival was a lifeboat. He
was about to faint and it wasn’t getting any warmer in the water. Just then, he bumped
into something. It was a lifeboat! But if you’re hoping for a happy end at this point
– I’ll have to disappoint you. The boat was so overcrowded they pushed the young man
with a paddle when he tried to stick to the boat. He begged for help, but they refused
to show mercy. Their logic was simple: one extra man in that boat could have made it
sink, and no one in it would have a chance for survival. He had to let go of the boat,
and what happened after is a miracle. Vaghinak woke up alive on board another ship.
That ship was the Carpathia, and it was en route to New York with lucky survivors on
board. The writer had a terrible headache and he saw double, but what mattered most
is that he escaped from the freezing ocean! How did he do it? He couldn’t remember anything.
The next evening, the ship made it to New York. Without his passport and money, which
he must’ve lost at some point during the rescue, Vaghinak was taken to the hospital.
12 days later, a woman came into the room and all she could say through tears was “Oh
my dear boy!”. She turned out be the person who saved Vaghinak. Mrs. Astor was in her
fifties, and she told the young man the lifeboat he tried to get into didn’t actually leave
without him. Missis Astor told the sailors that the young man was her son, and she wouldn’t
let them go without him since she’d already lost her husband on the Titanic. It turned
out she kept Vaghinak’s passport and money and invited him to visit her when he felt
better. After he recovered, the writer was reunited with his family in Boston. He even
received all the books he planned to sell in America since they were traveling on a
different ship. Vaghinak lived a long and happy life and,
as a great storyteller, he shared what happened to him many times. Interestingly, he’s never
mentioned an iceberg hitting the Titanic, and always spoke about an explosion. If what
he said was true, something must have caused that huge explosion. It could have been a
fire, and quite a lot of people actually believe that theory, saying that coal was burning
in the ship’s hull. That fire would have started long before the ship’s departure,
and there was simply no way to put it out. Titanic must have left with the fire still
ongoing, and the flames weakened the hull so much it couldn’t survive its meeting
with an iceberg. Supporters of this theory use pictures of the Titanic leaving the docks
for evidence, pointing to a huge dark mark on the hull. Even if that’s true, though,
it’s still not obvious whether the fire lead to an explosion. And, supporters of this
theory don’t deny there was an iceberg. Another theory that explained the explosion
claimed that there was a German U-boat involved in the sinking of Titanic. The Armenian writer
was, in fact, not the only survivor who mentioned they heard explosion sounds coming from somewhere
deep in the bowels of the ship. And, they also claimed they’d seen a searchlight coming
from some ship shortly after Titanic had sunk. It wasn’t a vessel hurrying to the rescue,
so it could have actually been a submarine that surfaced to see what it’d done to the
legendary ship. This theory is highly unlikely, though, for several reasons. First of all,
as you know, the Titanic sank in 1912, which was still a time of peace. No country in the
world would dare to kill thousands of people and provoke other countries for no reason.
Secondly, a U-boat from Europe couldn’t have gone that far in those times; and it
couldn’t have been stationed in that region either. It simply wouldn’t have survived
there for a long time. Finally, hitting a target that’s moving quickly at night time
is still a challenge for submariners even today, and it was basically impossible in
1912. It’s hard to tell what could have made a
man who survived such a tragedy remember things that did or didn’t happen. Let’s hope
that in the future, scientists will be able to explain all the mysteries surrounding the
Titanic. Do you believe an explosion might have killed
Titanic, and there was no iceberg at all? Let me know down in the comments! If you learned
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Comments (100)

  1. Hey there, BrightSiders, what do u think destroyed Titanic?

  2. And also that ship was using very thin metal which was too thin. Fire+thin metal+an iceberg and you got a sinking ship.

  3. Its i believe both the ice berg first then a possible boiler explosion may have rupture the front hual that may cause the ship to intake water making it slowly but surely starting to sink

  4. I think that the Titanic was pushed by the iceberg what made the explosion and the fire

  5. Insurance scam perhaps?

  6. Hint: An Iceberg really did it. Nothing changed since 1912

  7. Couldn’t it sound like an explosion when a boat that size hits an ice berg

  8. There was a burnt hole and the iceberg hit that direct spot !!

  9. Even if this is real i still prefer the titanic hitting an iceberg. The titanic sinking by a iceburg is more interesting even though its not real.

  10. What happend to his friend !?!

  11. Fake news! It was a political hit

  12. Save yourself some time and jump to 7:00 You're welcome.

  13. the sound they heard was the impact of the iceberg to the ship

  14. I think it was an iceberg, Mrs. Aster was significantly younger than 50 and she pregnant at the time…also it's 2019 the titanic sank 107 years ago the only survivors likely to still be alive were children…

  15. You never did mention what ever happened to Moren and was his body ever found?

  16. Must have been the Illuminati, same group that made the Minnow go astray and landed 7 castaways on Gilliagans Island.

    Same group that caused 911, 007 & 2001 Space Odyssey

  17. Is someone alive from titanic?? I heared few people was still around few yrs back

  18. What about molly brown

  19. You're right it wasn't the iceberg it was the captain because he did not listen to the telegraph

  20. I think a fire was melting metal where the iceberg bit

  21. My great grandma was on the titanic and survived she told my mom it was a zombie apocalypse on the ship

  22. Of course it wasn’t the iceberg…..it was President Trump and all them deplorable’s…!

  23. The titanic probably sank of probably being built with thin hull in the front, which could be the reason the iceburg cut a big hole in the titanics front right side.

  24. And what happened next was a miracle. Someone from the lifeboat fished him out of the water. I guess miracles are not what they used to be.

  25. What happened next is a miracle…

    Me:expects an ad
    YouTube:…
    Me:wait…

    Seriously I don't have adblock or any type of thing that blocks ads nor have YouTube premium what is wrong

  26. I believe it was a bit of everything. The fire did not help, it weakened the ship, so when the iceberg colladed with the Titanic it simply cut her open. Not forgeting the negligence on the crew, who was not properly equipped and the White Star Line, who did not add enough lifeboats to save half of the people on board. It was a terrible accient, which cost innocent people their lives. As well as this, it is claimed that the crew did not have one lifeboat drill either before they left Southampton or while sailing. One of the survivng crew members claimed afterwards that no one knew where the lifeboats were and which crew member was to run them.

  27. Well, instead of the iceburg slicing into the Titanic, the collision was so hard, it could of caused the explosion through a boiler or another part of the perpulsion.

  28. The explosion was the sound of the hit of the iceberg.

  29. Guess Moren swam home…

  30. :0
    This is how many ppl are so surprised
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  31. This has nothing to do with the video but i just noticed that it was posted on my sisters birthday

  32. And what happened after was a miracle. . . ad apperes

  33. What if we build another titanic?

  34. There was a hole in the dark place bc of they did not have enough money to fill it up

  35. Dude, this theory really makes no sense. Describing it to "sound like an explosion" would make sense because it's a 52,310-ton ship crashing into what is essentially an ice cube the size of a small country. God would hope it would sound like an explosion.

  36. Goldberg, not iceberg. Mossad-CIA job.

  37. everyone against the federal reserve was on that ship.. jp morgan and Rockefeller didn't go last minute

  38. what happened to moren

  39. I wonder where is jack and rose?

  40. It was an insurance job they switched the ship a few days before it sailed with it's sister ship the Olympia, a much older and tired out ship. The plan was to sink the Titanic (Olympia) but rescue all the passengers, the plan went wrong. The underwater ice cruncher that was used to put the hole in the side of the ship made the hole too big, which is why it went down so quickly. Then they would blame it all on an iceberg, to claim insurance . As for the Olympia which was at the time ready for the knackers yard, continued to sail for many years after like a new ship.

  41. The boiler room exploded and it made the bottom all soft so the ice berg made a huge hole in the titanic otherwise it would not of sank.📘📘💓

  42. The coal thing exploded the titanic

  43. He got separated from his friend and nothing was said. Sad.

    Also, an explosion that displaced them from their beds? I think that was still the iceberg that tipped them.

  44. what happened to that french men moren ??

  45. Could have been a boiler explosion

  46. Vaghinak: Noooo I lost all of my money!!

    Me: Bruh, you only had $54 did you expect to live off of it or something?!

  47. Uh uh I don't know the story of the titanic-ima gonna go now before bright side kills me,😂😂

  48. Omg your so helpful my bestfriend loves the titanic (ready to tell her more info about it 😏)

  49. THEY DIDNT HAVE SUBMARINES THEN

  50. Godzilla maybe did it

  51. Is nobody gonna talk about Moran?? Did he die 🙁

  52. i think youre trying to say that the fire weakened the hulls body and the iceberg hit that exact spot

  53. I’d rather watch his story than the actual movie story

  54. Mrs. Astor was 18 years old at the time of the sinking,

  55. The Titanic was swapped and was in fact the sisters ship called the Britannic that sunk on this day? Deliberately sunk because of damage caused in a different accident. The real Titanic sank later on in an attempt to cover up the fraud!

  56. I watched this waiting for him to mention aliens 🥴

  57. FAKE THERE WERE NO SURVIVORS

  58. First reason for why this isn’t true is that while she was still being built when they were practicing the boilers and stuff the ship caught on fire and the white star line felt it wasn’t needed to repair the metal and that’s where the ice berg struck if it had not caught on fire the titanic would have had a lot more survivors but due to the ice berg it sank faster than it would have

  59. "What happened next was a miracle"

    At FiFTh ThIrD bANk

  60. What happend to his frnd?!!

  61. An ice beg did it took them down lier

  62. There was a fire in the Titanic there that’s why there is a boom

  63. I believe it was an explosion other than this video I seen so much videos about and seen pics of the Titanic there's proof it was an explosion

  64. Kya chutiyastic kahani hai

  65. Chitia Bana Raha hai sala

  66. 911 jet impacts and fires brought down wtc 1/2 or bombs or all the above?

  67. What happened to moren

  68. Theory: Maybie the explosion was planned? Some one must have planned the explosion..

  69. No iceberg,the Titanic were being rushed were being rushed.Had leaks,300 hundred men were added to man the pumps.Overcame with the cold,they lit some coal for heat,thus the explosion.

  70. If it got hit by a iceberg then her come it snapped In half

  71. I personally think that the titanic story isn't relevant until the garlic bread is recovered

  72. Personally, I think that before the Titanics department, a fire started and it kinda melted the bull a little, then they put it out. And that made the hull weaker, so when the iceberg hit then it ripped a hole in the side of the hull. Then the Iceberg caused the explosion.

  73. I don't think it was an iceberg because if it was an iceberg the Titanic would still be living because in the iceberg isn't even that strong a strong iron

  74. 0:10 yeah me😂😐.but I'm gonna watch it after this video😉

  75. I believe that the fire started it

  76. Ur clicbait and the Titanic sank because of the iceburg it hit the ships weak spot and it put a whole in the ship and it was filling up with sea water then its under the sea rusting as u read this from ur clicbait video

  77. I’m not saying it was aliens; but it was aliens.

    Just kidding!

  78. There was no iceberg

  79. This is a very misleading title because it says ‘he claims there wasn’t an iceberg’ when the truth is that he just never mentioned the iceberg. This is clickbait, although the story is interesting

  80. Bro you said only ladies and kids were allowed on the life boat at 5:32 there are men on the ship

  81. I believe it was a combination of both. I do believe that there was a fire that weakened the metal structure and this caused a weak point where even an iceberg could damage a ship that much. Also, the ship was traveling far fast because it was behind schedule. So I have read and heard. Also, there were rumors that it wasn't the real titanic that sank but it was the sister ship that looked exactly like the Titanic. They had to set sail early because of some investor theory and that they would lose too much money if they missed the deadline. The only difference in the two ships was apparently the windows.

    Whichever theory you believe it to be, many people died, and I believe, due to miss management both off the ship and on. Did anyone mention that the Titanic didn't even have enough lifeboats?

  82. I say it was a giant megalodon since megalodon lived in harsh cold water and thriving for food. So megalodon had to destroyed Titanic in order to survived himself

  83. What happened to moren?

  84. A collision often sounds like an explosion. Imagination is tricky enough but add brain freeze and panic and you can believe almost anything

  85. The hit of an iceberg (a "mountain of ice") on a ship of that incredible mass, launched at that high speed, might very likely have had the sound of an explosion 😉

  86. So you're telling me that's how a 25 year old looks?

  87. Because he drew her picture

  88. This is what i think if there was a iceburg how was the boat still moving so far that the iceburg could not be seen and how would it split in half

  89. The deep state took out the titanic. There were big names on board who were against the deep state. The deep state took them out and blamed an ice berg.

  90. In those days they didn't wipe the slag off the top of the steel when it was made and it made the steel porous also riveting between seems under high velocity speed will pop the rivets instantly and you know as much as I know the Titanic was riveted and when you don't like the psych office the making of steel it becomes porous inferior in other words and that was also around the palace area cheaply designed to mini cut corners the builders killed the people this is Elvis

  91. Bright side: “and what happened next was a miracle”
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