Adding to the mystery, she was reportedly not on the official list of passengers and crews.
The Telegraph of London has had the best coverage, though I still have questions on aspects of the accident that I don’t understand. I have read that the damage to the ship was on the port side, and in fact a huge piece of sea bottom rock is still struck in the ships hull on that side. What I don’t understand is why the ship capsized on the STARBOARD side?
With a 160ft gash on the port side, the flooding would have caused a list to port. Normally in other disasters at sea the ship’s officers have counter-flooded on the opposite side from the damage to maintain a even keel so that the lifeboats could be launched. So why is the ship on its starboard side? And why did the ship capsize so quickly that almost none of the ships boats were able to be launched?
It has also been reported that the captain dropped his anchors on one side of the ship, which side not specified. No anchor cables are seen in photos of the dry port side, so did he drop his anchors while the ship was still at high speed on the starboard side and by doing so literally pull the ship over?
Italy is a nation with a very long history and traditions of seafaring, Italian sailors have been among the worlds best. I can understand why the entire Italian nation is so outraged and embarrassed by this Captain.
April 15th, 2012: The One Hundredth Anniversary of the Titanic Sinking.