The British passenger liner, the RMS Titanic sank, after running into an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912. Or did it? Was it possibly a Titanic insurance scam?
Robin Gardiner’s book, “Titanic: The Ship That Never Sank?” puts forth a theory that is quite controversial. Gardiner suggests that the ship that actually sunk was the Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic, which was madE to look like the Titanic. The main idea behind Gardiner’s theory is that it was possibly an insurance scam.
The keel of the Olympic was bent in an earlier accident, which caused a permanent list to one side. As a result, the insurance company would not adequately insure the Olympic. As the theory goes, the Olympic was repaired enough to make it somewhat seaworthy, and since the Titanic was not yet completed, the Olympic would make the journey across the Atlantic.
Gardiner proposes in his book that the Olympic would then be intentionally sunk, but slowly enough to allow for the passengers to be rescued. The insurance company would then theoretically pay the claim for what was supposedly the brand new Titanic. Of course, many passengers did not survive, because of the manner in which the ship was sunk.
The real question today is which ship sunk, the Olympic or the Titanic. Perhaps we will never know for certain if events are as is recorded in history, or if the tragedy was in reality a Titanic insurance scam.