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Experts: Titanic sank due to 'weak rivets'
NEW YORK (AP) -- The tragic sinking of the Titanic nearly a century ago can be blamed on low-grade rivets that the ship's builders used on some parts of the ill-fated liner, two experts on metals conclude in a new book.
The company, Harland and Wolff of Belfast, Northern Ireland, needed to build the ship quickly and at reasonable cost, which may have compromised quality, said co-author Timothy Foecke.
That the shipyard was building two other vessels at the same time added to the difficulty of getting the millions of rivets needed, he added.
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