For the 20 years since the release of the Oscar winning film Titanic, folks have been asking the same question.
If Rose had moved over, could Jack have fit onto that piece of wood and been saved from a tragic death in the icy Atlantic ?
Actress Kate Winslet recently admitted “I think he could actually have fit on that bit of door.”
A conclusive test of this theory was conducted in 2012 by Discovery TV’s Mythbusters, who recreated the conditions and proved that there was indeed enough room, and the two much-loved characters would have survived the 63 minutes until the small rescue boat arrived.
I was surprised to find out that it was not actually a door, but a replica of an ornate rococo panel that hung over a door in the first class lounge aboard Titanic.
It was rescued from the sea and is on exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Nova Scotia. The actual wood piece will go display in England for the first time in 2018.
When confronted with the scientific evidence of the possibility, director Cameron responded “Jack died for art, not physics.”