Tim Maltin's book that took him 25 years to research
Truth about the sinking of Titanic revealed after mammoth 25 years of research by obsessed author
A sensational new book on the Titanic is set to bust every fact you ever thought you knew about the world's most famous sinking ship.
Tim Maltin's '101 Things You Thought You Knew About The Titanic...But Didn't!' puts the record straight - revealing astonishing facts about the unsinkable ship that sunk.
The book reveals that had the Titanic hit the iceberg head on it would have been saved and that men were shot in its fatal last minutes for refusing to get out of overcrowded lifeboats.
And had the lookouts been equipped with binoculars they still wouldn’t have seen the iceberg - because the naked eye was more effective.
Just some of the other ground-breaking myths spectacularly busted by Tim include: The disaster being predicted 14 years before it happened by writer Morgan Robertson, the ships distress signal gave the wrong position by over 10 miles, more third class men were saved from the Titanic than first class men, and more men were saved from the Titanic than women.
It has taken Titanic fanatic Tim 25 years of painstaking research to piece together the fateful events of April 15 1912 – which killed 1,500 people.
His love affair with the famous cruise liner was sparked by the film 'A Night To Remember' which he watched repeatedly as a seven-year-old.
But the more he read about the ship, the more he realised he knew nothing of the tragic events that unfolded in the icy waters off the coast of Canada.
The Titanic when she set sail on April 15 in 1912, before the voyage ended in misery
Undeterred, the author from Wiltshire, set about reading every single transcript from the public enquiries held into the disaster - which totalled 200 documents, 50,000 questions posed and 150 eye witness accounts.
And after two-years of solid work compiling the book, Tim hopes the record can finally be put straight.
The 38-year-old author said: 'Ever since I was seven I have been gripped by the Titanic and what happened.
'But I realised that years of storytelling has turned the true facts into myths - much like Chinese whispers.
'Films and TV shows have also created bizarre myths, which have just passed into public knowledge.
'So I decided to go through the testimonies of the people actually there one by one, reading every word and sometimes reading them again.
'Because these people were talking when it was fresh in their memory I have been able to rebuild the true events of April 15, 1912.
'It has taken 25 years of reading and two years to write, but hopefully the book will correct every falsity that ever passed into fact.'
With the 99th anniversary of the disaster this Friday - Tim has picked timely moment to launch his new book which is available for £8.99.