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Steering error sank Titanic

world Updated: Sep 23, 2010 01:15 IST

The sinking of the Titanic on her maiden voyage in 1912 was not merely an accident — but a result of a basic steering blunder, a new book has claimed.

For years it has believed that the luxury liner sank as it was sailing too fast and the crew failed to see the iceberg before it was too late.

Now, almost 100 years after the disaster, the book, titled Good As Gold, says the ship had enough time to miss the iceberg but the helmsman actually panicked and turned wrong way.

Second Officer Charles Lightoller covered up the error in two inquiries because he was worried that it would bankrupt the liner's owners and put his colleagues out of job.

But now his granddaughter, Lady (Louise) Patten, has revealed it all in her new novel.