The latest theory about the Titanic is that the ship turned the wrong way into the iceberg because the helmsmen mistook his left from right. In order to protect the White Star Line and avoid its bankruptcy the Second Officer Charles Lightoller kept the secret from the two official inquiries. He was the most senior officer to survive the calamity and he passed away in 1952. His family has now revealed the secret.
According to his grand daughter’s book, Good as Gold the error on the maiden voyage happened because there were two steering systems with different commands for each. When the iceberg was seen First officer’s “hard a-starboard” order was mis-interrupted by Quartermaster Richard Hitchins who turned the Titanic right instead of left. By the time he was told to correct his mistake it was too late. A minor error led to a major disaster that would linger on for centuries to come.