The Mystery of the Disappeared Bodies of the Titanic

The titan of the sea, the great unsinkable
ship that sank – over a century later, the mystery of the Titanic is still being studied
to this day. Only a third of the ship’s passengers survived,
while over 1,500 lost their lives. But out of all those casualties, only 340
bodies were recovered. So, the question remains: what happened to
the remaining 1,160? I’ll get there shortly, but first, a quick
recap. When the RMS Titanic went down after crashing
into an iceberg on April 14, 1912, hundreds of people perished in the freezing waters
of the northern Atlantic Ocean. One of the main reasons all these people were
left to wait for rescue in 28-degree water (which would all-too quickly claim lives before
that rescue came) was that the Titanic didn’t have enough lifeboats for all its passengers. There were only 20, and they needed 60 to
be able to carry everybody on board to safety. As for why there was such a drastic shortage
of lifeboats, that’s because there had been complaints that the deck was too cluttered-looking
when they did have a sufficient amount. What’s even worse, the first few lifeboats
that were released after the collision weren’t even filled up halfway, which could’ve saved
so many more lives! Perhaps those poor souls could’ve been rescued
from the bone-chilling waters a lot sooner if the closest ships passing by the Titanic’s
crash site had seen the flairs and other distress signals being sent. But many of them didn’t because of something
called light refraction. This phenomenon could also possibly explain
why the Titanic’s lookouts hadn’t seen the iceberg until it was too late. There are others, however, who say that this
was because of the fact that they didn’t have binoculars. Long story short, they didn’t have the key
to the onboard cabinet where all the binoculars were stored because the only guy who had that
key, Second Officer David Blair, was replaced at the last minute and forgot to hand the
key over. If the crew had had binoculars to help them,
perhaps they would’ve noticed the iceberg early enough to change course and miss it. The ship was also moving much faster than
the speed it was built for. The reason for this was that the ship’s
owner, White Star Line, didn’t want to fall behind schedule. In fact, they wanted to get ahead of schedule
and surprise the world to make headlines for arriving early. Maybe if the Titanic had been sailing at a
safer speed, it would’ve had time to steer away from the iceberg, even if it had been
noticed a little too late due to the lack of binoculars. Anyway, there was a whole series of unfortunate
events leading to the ship’s collision and the fact that so many people were left unrescued
and their bodies not retrieved. So, back to that question. One theory about where the bodies might’ve
gone is that they were lost at sea. Only hours after the Titanic sank, a massive
storm came over the ocean. The currents and winds would’ve swept many
bodies up to 50 miles away from the crash site. This could explain why the first ships to
arrive at the scene didn’t find them. Of course, there were those victims that went
down with the ship, and they had no chance of being retrieved. As for the bodies that were recovered, some
were given a proper burial at sea if there wasn’t room for them on the rescue ship. This was mostly third-class passengers whose
families wouldn’t have likely had the funds for a funeral. Others were transported to Halifax, Canada
to be buried by their loved ones. But there are also graves of unidentified
victims that were given burial in a cemetery too. We’ll probably never know the exact location
or fate of the unfound bodies, so we can therefore only rely on the theories of those who’ve
been studying the Titanic all this time and trying to unveil this tragic mystery. Hundreds may have lost their lives to this
horrific catastrophe that possibly could’ve been prevented, but there are those who made
it out alive and did what they could to help others as well! If you saw James Cameron’s famous 1997 film
based on these events, then you might remember the character Molly Brown being one of the
first to make it out on a lifeboat and trying to convince the quartermaster that they should
row back to get more survivors. Well, Molly Brown was, in fact, a real person,
and there are accounts that she actually did do this! The brave and selfless woman earned herself
the nickname “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” and after the ship went down, she tried her
best to get as many passengers as she could into the lifeboats. But the philanthropist’s good work didn’t
end there. Even after surviving the catastrophe and being
rescued by the RMS Carpathia, Brown got together with other first-class survivors and put together
an organization to help second- and third-class survivors with counseling and other basic
needs. She also campaigned for education of the poor
and for women’s rights. In 1914, she even ran for the Senate, and
after the First World War, the Missouri native went to help rebuild war-torn France. She was truly a remarkable and inspiring woman! There was also author, journalist, and teacher,
Lawrence Beesley. Beesley was a second-class passenger from
the UK who was busy reading a book in his cabin when the ship hit the iceberg. He asked a steward what had happened, and
the steward tried to assure him that it was nothing to worry about. Luckily, Beesley decided to go up to A deck
and, since there were no woman or children around, he was told to jump into lifeboat
number 13 just before it was launched. He later wrote a book that brought him a lot
of success called The Loss of the SS Titanic. In this book, Beesley talks about his experience
in great detail. Another survivor was Violet Constance Jessop,
who was a stewardess on the ship. Jessop hadn’t planned to work on the Titanic
until her friends convinced her to apply for the job. She was in her cabin, almost asleep in her
bunk, when the Titanic hit the iceberg. She was immediately ordered to go and help
on deck. She was then put in lifeboat 16, along with
a baby to take care of. After 8 hours afloat in the ocean, another
ship saved the passengers of this lifeboat, and the baby was reunited with its mother. Jessop’s survival skills were put to the
test yet again when she was on board the HMHS Britannic, which also sank four years later
in 1916. Ironically, this was a sister ship of the
Titanic and also owned by White Star Line! Dorothy Gibson, a beautiful American singer,
model, and silent film actress was also a survivor of the Titanic. Gibson was one of the richer and more famous
aboard the ship. She was playing bridge in the lounge with
her friends when the collision occurred. She and two of these friends escaped on lifeboat
7, which was the first lifeboat that was launched. When she later arrived in New York, her manager
convinced her to appear in a film based on the sinking of the Titanic. In this movie, she even wore the same exact
clothes that she’d been in the night of the real sinking! Do you know any other facts about the Titanic’s
sinking or its survivors? Let everybody know down in the comments! If you learned something new from this video,
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100 thoughts on “The Mystery of the Disappeared Bodies of the Titanic”

  1. The Titanic should have not turned because it was so powerful it could have sunk the iceberg or it would have broke the iceberg in half that would have prevented the crash.

  2. They were eaten by sea life, absorbed the seawater and sunk to the ocean floor because they became to heavy to float, went down with the ship because they were still aboard when it went down, or were pulled down by the suction.

  3. You are wrong it did not sink like that there was a fire burning in the titanic for 3 weeks and the ice berg hit it in the exact weak rusty spot from the fire! 🔥🔥🔥🔥Not being mean that's just my opinion like if u agree or know already about this

  4. Violet Constance Jessop actually she works at 3 white starline ships. Titanic,Britannic and Olympic and she experienced and witness the unfaithful disaster happened to that ships

  5. There was actually a fire that happened for 3 wings in when the iceberg kidded it were hit their weakest part that the fire burn so if it happened I got burn it would of never happened

  6. So,
    What basically what you're saying is that the Titanic was just a long series of unfortunate events then?

  7. I know one one more thing about titanic which was missed out in the video , that is there was enough room for Jack on the floating wood plank .

  8. Could be the work of the bottom feeder species that leave nothing to waste when Whales sink to the ocean floor. It takes years, but these are Human remains (nothing compared to Whale Carcasses) and it’s been well over 100 since…

  9. It's extraordinary to think that 1 person's mistake had lead to so many death's and lives changed forever. If only the guy had handed over the keys for binoculars, the relieving man in the crows nest lookout would've seen the iceberg and raised alarms.

  10. No mystery here folks, you know how big the ocean is? One body in the ocean is probably not even comparable to throwing a sewing needle into an Olympic size swimming pool, the bodies could of sank or washed up on shore places uninhabited or torn into pieces by the currents

  11. Reasons why the RMS Titanic sank

    1. Explosion in the boiler
    2. Not enough boats
    3. Selfish captain
    4. Not enough boats

    And others things I might have missed.

    May they all Rest In Peace.

  12. What about the fire that happen, and weaken the structure that caused the walls to tear like paper days before the collision with the berg? So many reasons this ship sank, but the comment from the owner "Not Even God can sink the Titanic" might have been the root cause of this horrific event! Just food for thought…

  13. The titanic actually had some damage before it's sailed out because of a fire that broke out and it's coal area and the crew decided to try and put it out themselves which damage the boat in some pictures you can actually still see the markings of charcoal on the side of the boat

  14. No, it was british law not to have more boats on deck because they weren't put there incase the boat sank. They were incase it broke down so they could transfer passangers. Sad that there had to be something like this happen to make them rethink their laws… where was the logic

    I did a whole study on this for university

  15. Can u stick to the topic of what happened 2 the bodies not wat the survivors were wearing etc.. is a storm really all that happened??

  16. Light refraction does not take effect at 9 miles to be “unseen”. By eyewitness accounts a ship passed by titanic extremely close in nautical terms. Titanic distress flares were ignored.

  17. Really didn’t talk too much about what happened to the bodies…. I’m guessing they decomposed? Submersibles have gone down there but have never found any skeletons, curious yes?

  18. Why didn’t you mention the fire in the engine room which damaged the metal and rivets in the days, prior to crash with iceberg?

  19. The bodies sank later far below until the pressure got too intense which destroyed the bodies and the remains were either eaten or dissolved.

  20. The lady Violate Jessop I believe she was also on board Olympic when she had her crash with HMS Hawk if I'm thinking of the same person

  21. Humans don't care about your safety they care about your money. Safety measures are so they don't get sued.

  22. The reason why was because there was a fire and burnt and made it not as strong as before and the iceberg punctured the weaker part of the boat

  23. so there is a common misconception about the titanic hitting an iceberg, but in all actuality it hit a Bluberg which was an iceberg that had been washed over with water so much it took all the snow and white ice off of it. So when they hit said Bluberg they more than likely would not have seen it anyhow even with binoculars.

  24. I was in the titanic boat but someone push me out but im never got to see my parents but few years later i hot to see my parents iwas living by my anti house in a nither country and i stiill rember her number i was swimming for hours and i say and island and then i went ther i say a man seeling burgers and i aks him for one he told me now but i told him the story and i ask him for a caall. And igot to speak with my anti he told me the locatin and after many yers my parent came to the country i was in and i got my parents back again and i was 12 that time

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