Read Chapter 38 in the book The Life Of Pi by: Yann Martel
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We can infer the ship sank due to a problem with the engines, which resulted in an explosion.
Something was wrong with the engines, he said. Did something go wrong with the fixing of them? I don't know. I don't think anyone will ever know. The answer is a mystery lying at the bottom of thousands of feet of water.
I think there was an explosion. But I can't be sure. It happened while I was sleeping. It woke me up. The ship was no luxury liner.
Life of Pi/ Chapter 38