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Titanic sunk by steering mistake, author says

The infamous ocean liner RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912 because of a basic steering error and only sank as fast as it did because an official persuaded the captain to continue sailing, an author said in an interview.

Louise Patten, a writer and granddaughter of Titanic second officer Charles Lightoller, said the truth about what happened nearly 100 years ago was hidden for fear of tarnishing the reputation of her grandfather, who later became a war hero.

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