Who doesn’t love a good conspiracy theory? If like me, you can’t help but get sucked in, one TikTok user created a series of theories around the conspiracy that the Titanic never really sank. Watch the video below:
The video shows Mal Kidd (@malfkidd) responding to Dr. Piddy’s (@blackkout_ _ _) call by asking, “What conspiracies do you believe in?
In the video, she replies: “It’s JP Morgan, the builder of the Titanic but also the builder of the Olympic.
“Here is a photo of the Titanic for reference, in case you live under a rock.
“Here is a photo of the Olympic for reference.”
The Olympic collided with HMS Hawke in September 1911 off the coast of the Isle of Wight, a year before the Titanic left.
TikToker Evil Kidd goes on to explain, “So the theory says that JP 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 that is damaged, salvaged, whatever and present it as the unsinkable vessel? Like why, why would he do that?
“JP Morgan was a very smart man, especially in business. When he sent ‘The Titanic’ across the Atlantic Ocean, all of his commercial rivals were on the ship.”
Records from the time indicate that JP Morgan did indeed have a connection to the Titanic – his White Star Line owner shipping company that built and operated the ship, according to the Washington Post.
However, the conspiracy theory – which circulated long before TikTok was created – has been debunked.
An entire book has even been written around conspir-seas (see what we did there) by J. Kent Layton titled Conspiracies at sea, Titanic and Lusitania which draws on historical documents and debates on either side of the argument.
TikTok’s video garnered over 200,000 likes and 2,000 comments, however, with one viewer commenting, “It makes sense … even his quote was” A man always has two reasons for doing something: a good reason. and the real reason “.”
Another agreed, “I had my students research conspiracy theory and a ton chose this one. There is actually a lot of legitimate evidence to back it up.”
A third said: “I’M WIT U GUUURL, even on Netflix there is a documentary about it.”
With another viewer begging Mal to tell them more, “Wait, there’s a plot on the Titanic, tell me more.”
And the conspiracy theory doesn’t end there. Mal has since created other videos around the theory – two out of five supposedly so far. The first deals with the “Mummy’s Curse” and the second with how the “ship number spelled No Pope Backwards”.
While there are many plots about what happened to the Titanic, the widely known and generally accepted story is that the luxury steamship RMS sank in the early hours of April 15, 1912 due to a collision with a iceberg.
It was carrying over 2,200 passengers and was en route to New York. More than 1,500 people were victims of the shipwreck and the icy waters of the North Atlantic and its wreckage still remains at the bottom of the ocean.