On 15 April 1912, the Titanic sank after striking an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.
Well yes, it did, and research, dives and general history help back that point.
But people are starting to doubt the after watching a video by TikToker @_mia.w22_, who claims it wasn’t actually the Titanic that met its unfortunate end more than 100 years ago.
In the clip, the TikToker correctly explains that the Titanic was built in 1912 by the manufacturer White Star Line, which was also responsible for dozens of other ships, including the Olympic, built in 1911, and the Britannic, built in 1914.
Mia describes how the Olympic and the Titanic look ‘identical’ – and to be fair, they do look pretty similar, with their four large chimneys and black-and-white exterior.
However, she claims no one apart from the builders knew what the ships looked like inside, and therefore wouldn’t know from the inside whether they were on the Titanic or the Olympic.
According to Mia’s theory, White Star Line relied on this lack of knowledge about the interiors to trick the entire world, purposefully sink a ship – killing hundreds of people in the process – and claim some insurance money.
Sound like a stretch? That’s because it is.
Mia explains: “The Olympic was on the water for a while, she was reaching retirement and [White Star Line] knew that.
“They were like, it was a lot of money to make the Titanic and it’s gonna be even more money to repair the Olympic, so what if we just sent the Olympic instead, sank that h**, claim the insurance money and then just scrap the Olympic like it was the Titanic for some spare parts.”
In case you didn’t read or hear that correctly, allow me to reiterate.
This theory suggests White Star Line posed the Olympic as the Titanic for that fateful trip across the Atlantic.
But let’s continue, because the theory doesn’t stop there.
Mia suggests there were some people who knew the ship was going to sink, including banker J.P Morgan and chocolatier Milton Hershey, both of who cancelled their trips on the Titanic.
She also points to images of what purports to be the Titanic, but argues the ship featured has the same number of portholes as the Olympic – not the Titanic.
It’s far fetched to say the least, but that obviously hasn’t stopped people becoming gripped by the theory.
Responding to Mia’s video, one viewer wrote: “I’m not doing any other research I’m just going to believe this wholeheartedly.”
Another commented: “She said what she said and I believe it.”
So, is it really the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic? Yes, yes it is.