Titanic Survivor Claims an Iceberg Didn’t Destroy the Ship

Have you ever met a person who hasn’t ever
heard the story of Titanic? Unlikely. Even if you ask a 10-year-old, they’ll tell you
exactly what took down the gigantic ship. However, some survivors of the sinking legend
would beg to differ. Here’s one of their stories, and … surprise… it has nothing
to do with an iceberg. Armenian publicist Vaghinak Byurat was 25
years old in the spring of 1912. He described what happened on his journey to America on
the most famous ship in the world in his memoirs. Quick history quiz: do you remember when the
Titanic left the Southampton dock? Did I hear April 10, 1912? Yeah, that’s right. Now back to the story: in 1912, Vaghinak published
some books together with his father, a famous Armenian writer. His task was to take the
books to America. He had some health problems, so he was denied at the consulate at first,
but he got the papers he needed to enter the US after his father pulled some strings for
him. Vaghinak caught the legendary Orient Express from Istanbul to Le Havre, and from
there he made it to Southhampton. He learned that the nearest ship departing for the New
World was the Titanic, which everyone was talking about. He was pretty excited about
the journey, and arrived at the port neatly shaven and smartly dressed, with a trendy
cap and massive glasses that were popular in the US at that time. The writer met three
men with whom he shared cabin 804. They were two Englishmen and a French guy from Alsace
named Moren. Because Moren and Vaghinak were around the same age, and Vaghinak could speak
excellent French, they quickly became friends. They would hang out on the deck, at the onboard
saloon, the bar and the library. None of them could possibly imagine what would become of
the “unsinkable” ship just days later. They went to bed rather late on April 14,
just like on the other nights. Shortly after midnight, something that sounded like a big
explosion woke everyone up. “Bam”, the nightlights went out, and the Englishmen were
jolted from their bunks by a strong push. One of them injured his head, and another
one, his arm. The two new friends helped them up, took a few belongings with them and left
the cabin, not knowing they would never step back in it. Vaghinak only took his passport
and all the cash he had – about $54.00. It was clear that something was wrong, yet
it was quiet in the corridor. The young men tried to find out what was going on. None
of the crew members wanted to say anything, but a few minutes later it was impossible
to deny that the Titanic was going underwater. Vaghinak noticed the sailors were getting
the lifeboats out and commanded they were only for women and kids. Some men tried to
sneak in anyway, but gunshots were fired off to prevent them from doing so. Vaghinak and
Moren looked at each other, understanding they had two choices: stay on the sinking
ship and say goodbye to their futures, or at least try to save themselves by jumping
in the water. Both wanted to live and both knew they could swim well, so the choice was
obvious. Moren managed to get them two life vests. Vaghinak put his passport and money
in a little bag and tied it around his neck. The Titanic’s bow was already underwater
by that time. It must have taken them real courage: imagine you’re in the middle of
the high sea on a sinking ship and you know no one will save you right away. A lot of
people in this situation wouldn’t have dared to take it to the open water. So, Vaghinak and Moren jumped and got instantly
separated by a sudden wave. It only made things worse, because braving this catastrophe with
a friend was one thing, but doing it alone was way scarier. The water in the North Atlantic
that night was just below freezing, at a scary 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-2 C). The young writer
felt his arms and legs go numb, and he was understandably getting weaker and weaker every
second. He lost the life-vest and now his only hope for survival was a lifeboat. He
was about to faint and it wasn’t getting any warmer in the water. Just then, he bumped
into something. It was a lifeboat! But if you’re hoping for a happy end at this point
– I’ll have to disappoint you. The boat was so overcrowded they pushed the young man
with a paddle when he tried to stick to the boat. He begged for help, but they refused
to show mercy. Their logic was simple: one extra man in that boat could have made it
sink, and no one in it would have a chance for survival. He had to let go of the boat,
and what happened after is a miracle. Vaghinak woke up alive on board another ship.
That ship was the Carpathia, and it was en route to New York with lucky survivors on
board. The writer had a terrible headache and he saw double, but what mattered most
is that he escaped from the freezing ocean! How did he do it? He couldn’t remember anything.
The next evening, the ship made it to New York. Without his passport and money, which
he must’ve lost at some point during the rescue, Vaghinak was taken to the hospital.
12 days later, a woman came into the room and all she could say through tears was “Oh
my dear boy!”. She turned out be the person who saved Vaghinak. Mrs. Astor was in her
fifties, and she told the young man the lifeboat he tried to get into didn’t actually leave
without him. Missis Astor told the sailors that the young man was her son, and she wouldn’t
let them go without him since she’d already lost her husband on the Titanic. It turned
out she kept Vaghinak’s passport and money and invited him to visit her when he felt
better. After he recovered, the writer was reunited with his family in Boston. He even
received all the books he planned to sell in America since they were traveling on a
different ship. Vaghinak lived a long and happy life and,
as a great storyteller, he shared what happened to him many times. Interestingly, he’s never
mentioned an iceberg hitting the Titanic, and always spoke about an explosion. If what
he said was true, something must have caused that huge explosion. It could have been a
fire, and quite a lot of people actually believe that theory, saying that coal was burning
in the ship’s hull. That fire would have started long before the ship’s departure,
and there was simply no way to put it out. Titanic must have left with the fire still
ongoing, and the flames weakened the hull so much it couldn’t survive its meeting
with an iceberg. Supporters of this theory use pictures of the Titanic leaving the docks
for evidence, pointing to a huge dark mark on the hull. Even if that’s true, though,
it’s still not obvious whether the fire lead to an explosion. And, supporters of this
theory don’t deny there was an iceberg. Another theory that explained the explosion
claimed that there was a German U-boat involved in the sinking of Titanic. The Armenian writer
was, in fact, not the only survivor who mentioned they heard explosion sounds coming from somewhere
deep in the bowels of the ship. And, they also claimed they’d seen a searchlight coming
from some ship shortly after Titanic had sunk. It wasn’t a vessel hurrying to the rescue,
so it could have actually been a submarine that surfaced to see what it’d done to the
legendary ship. This theory is highly unlikely, though, for several reasons. First of all,
as you know, the Titanic sank in 1912, which was still a time of peace. No country in the
world would dare to kill thousands of people and provoke other countries for no reason.
Secondly, a U-boat from Europe couldn’t have gone that far in those times; and it
couldn’t have been stationed in that region either. It simply wouldn’t have survived
there for a long time. Finally, hitting a target that’s moving quickly at night time
is still a challenge for submariners even today, and it was basically impossible in
1912. It’s hard to tell what could have made a
man who survived such a tragedy remember things that did or didn’t happen. Let’s hope
that in the future, scientists will be able to explain all the mysteries surrounding the
Titanic. Do you believe an explosion might have killed
Titanic, and there was no iceberg at all? Let me know down in the comments! If you learned
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35 thoughts on “Titanic Survivor Claims an Iceberg Didn’t Destroy the Ship

  • June 14, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Hey there, BrightSiders, what do u think destroyed Titanic?

  • October 21, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Some one did it ? It's simple to understand. 👈 it was rose and Leo

  • October 21, 2019 at 6:56 am


  • October 21, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Why back in the day put the gas in the bottom of the ship

  • October 21, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Great movie

  • October 21, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Someone probably had a business in it to sink this ship etc.

  • October 21, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Firey of course AAHHHHH

  • October 21, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    I can’t imagine it because I AM A KID

  • October 21, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    its All about the two LUCKY guys win poker challenge & get their ticket! oh god..its a TRICKS.. have Nothing to ask..just wanna say Rest in Peace to all of them..

  • October 21, 2019 at 3:20 pm


  • October 21, 2019 at 6:51 pm


  • October 21, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Its a good thing the megalodon's have got extinct

  • October 22, 2019 at 1:34 am

    I heard that the one of the funals burn the metal and when the ice Burg hit it made a hole

  • October 22, 2019 at 4:30 am

    It was sunk by the Rothchilds, on the ship there was three of the richest non Jewish families in the world and wanted a part in the establishing of the reserve bank… check it out, they never survived, their bodies never found

  • October 22, 2019 at 5:48 am

    its because the captain watching some teen fooling around in car

  • October 22, 2019 at 7:31 am

    An iceburg brought the titanic down. These conspiracy theories were already debunked.

  • October 22, 2019 at 9:04 am

    God destroyed that ship there was a fella that said God couldn't sink this ship be careful what we say

  • October 22, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Found the cat! It’s at ( 25-18 ) = ? ( 5+6 ) =? Haha not going to give it to you

  • October 22, 2019 at 10:28 am

    7:23 is what u came here for

  • October 22, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Boat was on fire before it left port.all that died were going to vote against the the ss act of 1913.

  • October 22, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    There were a lot of opponents to the privatization of the FED and the ceasing of the gold standart on that ship. After that incident, you know what happened. Now your dollars aren't exchangeable for gold anymore.

    Fun fact :

    Do you know why there is a golden fringe on the American Flag in every courtroom of the U.S. ? Exactly ! You don't know.

  • October 22, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    No disrespect, but too many eyewitnesses felt and saw an iceberg.

  • October 22, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    i think it was a spy mission from another country and there was a dangerous criminal on board
    the spy had a choice between killing the criminal and everyone on the ship or the criminal runs away
    and kills more people on ships.

  • October 22, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    l think it was overconfidence and under planning that sunk the ship and yes, it hit an iceberg and yes, there was an explosion

  • October 22, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Few people know that cause we all think titanic it a iceberg cause that’s what they showed UNLESS YOU WATCHED THIS

  • October 22, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Iceberg fell on my head during the ALS challenge

  • October 23, 2019 at 12:11 am

    Of course its not Iceberg…its either Goldberg or Steinberg..or maybe Weinberg…but definitely not a Muslim…

  • October 23, 2019 at 1:50 am

    I saw a huge iceberg when I was in Alaska. The Titanic was nowhere near Alaska when it sank !

  • October 23, 2019 at 2:01 am

    No offence, but J.J. Astor's wife was not even 19 years old and to claim that a 25 year old was her son is complete bull. This guy probably dressed like a woman to get on a life boat and was too ashamed to tell the truth.

  • October 23, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Albert Einstein: it was hit by an iceberg
    Bright side: let’s say the same thing but confuse everyone

  • October 23, 2019 at 3:30 am

    It wasn’t an iceberg… it was Godzilla’s fins.

  • October 23, 2019 at 4:07 am

    The creature from jeykel island sunk that ship…

  • October 23, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Titanic never sank, but the Olympic did, Titanic was scrapped in 1935

  • October 23, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Why is this the first result when you search Titanic? This video is fake news! There was no such person on the Titanic! Research your facts bright side!

  • October 23, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Why are all American stories wrong? I swear all history books are all lies, there being no iceberg would not surprise me. I could see a u boat attacking the ship just out of competition, but not sure that would happen.

  • October 23, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Fake news. Fake thumbnail fake title.


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