It’s been more than a hundred years since the RMS Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage, one that claimed the lives of 1,517 innocent people….
There were just over 700 survivors from the luxury cruise liner who lived to tell the tale, most of whom were traumatized by what they went through. The images you will see here are historic, in that they were all taken not long before the Titanic hit an iceberg and crashed. Some of the images are hard to look at, while others are a powerful representation of that era…
This picture was taken just a few minutes after the Titanic set sail from Southhampton In England on April 10, 1912.
This powerful image of the lonely Titanic was snapped just after the ship departed en-route to its next port destination, Queenstown, New York
Made In Northern Ireland
This image shows workers from the Harland & Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, where the Titanic was built. The ship was the largest to ever sail the seas before her tragic crash.
The Titanic offered the height in luxury for her passengers, as is depicted in this image of the Titanic’s dining room, not long before she sunk.
There was also a second class area on the famous ship, which can be seen in this slide. In fact over 90% of the Titanic’s passengers were put in the second class digs.
This vivid image was taken just before the Titanic set sail, as she leaves her port of origin, Southampton. No one knows what caused the fatal crash precisely, while many believe it had something to do with low grade rivets.
Captain Edward John Smith, the captain of the ship, is pictured here before he set sail in 1912. He was not blamed directly for the sinking of the ship.
This picture is chilling, as it is thought to be the exact iceberg which sunk the Titanic, pictured some time after the ship sunk.
A Lone Lifeboat
Thankfully, a number of people were saved from the Titanic crash, and some were picked up by lifeboats such as the one you see here. This one belongs to RMS Carpathia, which helped to rescue survivors.
Another Life Saver
While the Titanic had many advanced safety features when it was built, she didn’t have even nearly enough lifeboats to deal with distressed passengers in the event of a disaster.
This vivid shot shows some of the survivors of the titanic, who were immediately accosted by the press who were desperate for eyewitness accounts of what happened.
A Waiting Game
The image you see above shows people standing on the street waiting for the arrival of the RMS Carpathia.
Waiting For News
As you can imagine, the Titanic crash was a disaster of unprecedented proportions back in the early 1900s. The crowd above are gathered at New York’s lower Broadway, awaiting news on the crash.
A Morbid Buzz
Following the Titanic crash, crowds of people are pictured outside the Sun Building in downtown New York, reading new bulletins posted there. on the wall.
The Lucky Few
This image shows some of the lucky survivors from the crash. They are Laura Francatelli, and her employers Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon and Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon.
A Fateful Ticket
This photo is a powerful one, as it is a rare image of a Titanic passenger ticket in 1908. The woman named on this ticket lost her father and three brothers in the Titanic disaster.
Ever wondered what kind of food people on the Titanic were served? Here is an example of a menu from April 1912.
As you can see, this image was taken more recently, in July 2009 in fact. It shows a massive 17-ton section of the wreckage of the Titanic, which was recovered from the ocean bed.
This picture is of a gold hand watch, owned by Carl Asplund, held in front of a modern painting of the Titanic. The owner of the watch perished in the disaster, and this watch among other items was auctioned off a few years ago.
This image shows artefacts recovered from the Titanic, in this case, currency from around the world. The image was taken in 2008 in Atlanta, and is from the largest collection of Titanic artefacts.
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