Compartment Sinks

Would the Titanic have stayed afloat had it hit the iceberg head on?

Hey, I once heard the if the Titanic had hit the iceberg headfirst that it could have stayed afloat because only 4 of the 5 compartments would have flooded, and the reason it sank was because it hit at an angle creating many small holes? Thanks please explain in detail if you can! Thanks!

First, the collision between the Titanic and the iceberg did not create holes in the ship. The ship skidded along the side which bent the plates that made up Titanic's hull, which were riveted together rather then welded, which meant once they bent, water was able to rush in through the seems between the undamaged plates and the damaged ones.

Second, yes, had Titanic hit the iceberg head on, it would have likely remained afloat, however, this would have done extensive damage to the bow. Anything in the part of the ship forward of the bridge would have been killed or injured by the impact, and then would have drowned as the crew frantically closed the water-tight doors. Making it the rest of the way to New York would be slow and risky, but possible.

Third, to comment on an earlier answer, if the ship had "run aground" on the iceberg, that would have likely helped the ship. As the bow compacted, the ice under it would act as a support and the bow wouldn't dip down, and unless something simoultaneiously did serious damage to the stern, it would hold Titanic up until the Carpathia could arrive to rescue the passangers and crew.

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