Who doesn't love a good conspiracy theory? If like me, you can't help but sucked in, a TikTok user has created a theory series around the conspiracy that the Titanic never really sank. Watch the video below:
The video shows Mal Kidd (@malfkidd) responding to D Piddy's (@blackkout_ _ _) call out asking: "What conspiracies do you believe in?"
In the video she responds: "This is J.P. Morgan, the builder of the Titanic but also the builder of the Olympic.
"Here's a picture of the Titanic for reference, in case you live under a rock.
"Here's a picture of the Olympic for reference."
The Olympic collided with the HMS Hawke in September 1911 off the coast of the Isle of Wight - a year before the Titanic set sail.
TikToker Mal Kidd goes on to explain: "So, the theory says that J.P. Morgan used the Olympic and advertised it as the Titanic or the unsinkable ship to send thousands of people across the Atlantic Ocean.
"So, I guess the question is why? Why would he use a boat which is damaged, salvaged, whatever and advertise it as the unsinkable ship? Like why, why would he do that?
"J. P. Morgan was a very smart man, especially in business. When he sent 'The Titanic' across the Atlantic Ocean, all of his business rivals were on the ship."
Records of the time state that J. P. Morgan indeed did have a connection to the Titanic - his marine company owning the White Star Line which built and operated the ship, according to The Washington Post.
However, the conspiracy theory - which has been floating around long before TikTok was created - has been debunked.
A whole book has even been written around the conspir-seas (see what we did there) by J. Kent Layton called Conspiracies at Sea, Titanic and Lusitania which draws on historical records and debates either side of the argument.
The TikTok video has amassed more than 200,000 likes and 2000 comments, however, with one viewer commenting: "Makes logic sense... even his quote was 'A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason'."
Another agreed: "I made my students do conspiracy theory research and a ton picked this one. There is actually a lot of legit evidence to back this."
A third said: "I'M WIT U GUUURL, even on Netflix is a documentary about it."
With another viewer begging Mal to tell them more: "Wait there's a conspiracy about the Titanic tell me more."
And the conspiracy theory doesn't just end there. Mal has since created further videos around the theory - two so far out of a supposed five. The first discusses the 'Mummy's Curse' and the second, how the 'Ship's number spelt No Pope Backwards'.
While there are many conspiracies as to what happened to the Titanic, the widely known and generally accepted story is that the RMS luxury steamship sank in the early hours of April 15, 1912 due to having collided with an iceberg.
It was carrying over 2,200 passengers and was on route to New York. More than 1,500 people fell victim to the sinking ship and icy North Atlantic waters and its wreckage still remains on the ocean floor.
Words: Poppy Bilderbeck
Featured Image Credit: TikTok/ @malfkidd
Topics: titanic, Conspiracy Theory