The unsinkable ship sank more than 100 years ago, but it’s a tragedy that people still talk about to this day. During her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City, the Titanic made its fatal descent into the depths of the North Atlantic after colliding with an iceberg. More than 1,500 souls perished along with the luxury liner, in what was one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. The ship’s lookout spotted an iceberg in its path and sounded the alarm – but it was too late.
Many photos were taken to document what happened to the Titanic, though many were never shown to the public or forgotten about with time. However, we have collected several amazing pictures and facts about the Titanic that you might have never seen before.
1. The Titanic under construction – May 31, 1911.
This photo shows work still being done on the ship. The RMS Titanic was the world’s largest passenger ship when it entered service, and the largest man-made moving object on Earth. Today, the largest passenger vessel is the Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas. The Harmony of the Seas stands at an astonishing 1,188 ft long, 215.5 ft wide and 226,963 GRT and can accomodate for up to 6,780 guests and 2,100 crew members.
2. The Titanic just before its launch.
The Titanic cost a total of $7,500,000 to be built, while two workers were killed during its construction. In order to transport the main anchor, a total of 20 horses were required.
3. The Titanic leaving Belfast for her first maiden voyage – April 2, 1912.
The maximum number of people the Titanic could carry was 3,547 and the number of people aboard (passengers and crew) were 2,223. The Titanic also had 13 couples who were honeymooning on the voyage.
4. Titanic’s sister ship, The Olympic, can be seen docked in New York City – the same day Titanic left from Southampton to New York City.
The Titanic, as majestic as it was, required 14,000 gallons of drinking water, every 24 hours. The ship also had 40,000 fresh eggs in its provisions along with 1,000 bottles of wine.
Did you Know? The staircase at the White Swan Hotel in Alnwick, contains banisters from the Grand Staircase of the Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic.
5. The iceberg which is suspected of having sunk the RMS Titanic.
Chief steward of the liner Prinz Adalbert captured this image of an iceberg which is believed to have been the culprit. The image was captured on the morning of April 15, 1912, just a few miles south of where the Titanic went down. The damaging piece was below the water.
Did you know? The Grand Staircase on board descended down seven of the ship’s 10 decks and featured oak panelling, bronze cherubs and paintings. Replicas can be found at the Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri.
6. The last lifeboat filled with passengers.
Although the water looks relatively calm, the people must have been terrified since the only floating thing in the line of vision was sinking. Fortunately, the people who were in the lifeboats were rescued.
Did you know? The ship broke in two at around 2:20am on April 15 and sunk, sending all remaining passengers into the ocean. The temperature at the time would have been -2°C. Only a few would have survived longer than 15 minutes in the water; while around one in five would have died within two minutes from cold shock.
7. A composite of five images shows the wireless operator on board receiving a distress call from the Titanic.
Edward John Smith (January 27, 1850 – April 15, 1912), the captain of the RMS Titanic, can also be seen on the composite image. The image also shows the survivors rowing their way towards the Carpathia.
Did you know? Charles Joughin, the ship’s baker, reportedly trod water for two hours before being rescued with little ill-effects. He claimed he had not felt the cold due to the amount of whiskey he had drunk.
8. A tugboat on route to meet the Carpathia.
Did you know? The Titanic was equipped to carry 64 lifeboats but she actually only carried 20. The number of people on board the first lifeboat, which had a capacity of 65 people, only carried 28. If the lifeboats were filled to their maximum capacity, many innocent lives could have been saved.
9. Titanic survivors safely aboard the Carpathia.
You probably know by now that there were not enough lifeboats on the Titanic for everyone. Apart from that, the Titanic received a total of 6 warnings of icebergs just before colliding with one. Soon after the collision, the unsinkable ship started to take in water at an alarming rate. In just 160 minutes (2 hours and 40 minutes), the Titanic sank to the bottom of the ocean.
Did you know? Noel Leslie, the Countess of Rothes, was also on board, but survived. She is mentioned in an episode of Downton Abbey.
10. Crowd waiting for Titanic survivors to arrive from Carpathia.
The image above shows friends and family members waiting to hear news of the survivors of the Titanic. When Carpathia finally arrived, most of them learned the painful truth.
Did you know? James Cameron’s 1997 movie is undoubtedly the most successful – it has grossed more than $2 billion and won 11 Oscars.
Watch more historical images of the Titanic on Page 2.
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