On April 10, 2012, the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic set sail. The massive ship was White Star Line’s response to recently launched ocean liners Mauritania and Lusitania.
In the early morning hours of April 15, 1912, the “unsinkable ship” collided with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.
As the ship began its descent into the depths of the ocean, 2224 passengers and crew attempted to flee onto lifeboats.
More than 1,500 people lost their lives in what has gone down in history as one of the most horrific travel accidents of all time.
While there are no photos of the Titanic sinking into the North Atlantic, we have collected some of the most prolific before and after photos from the voice and it’s final resting place on the bottom of the ocean floor.
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The infamous iceberg that breached the side of the Titanic did major damage at the second of impact. The iceberg punctured all five of the ship’s watertight rooms which were meant to keep it afloat. Once the Titanic began taking on water it took two hours and forty minutes for it to finally take its plunge to the bottom of the ocean.
Survivors from the RMS Titanic were captured on film as they approached the RMS Carpathia. As seen in the above photo, many surviving crew returned to the scene of the sinking ship long after it sank to look for survivors in the water. If passengers did not go down with the ship, the freezing water would have certainly taken their lives just as quick.
As the Titanic began to sink into the North Atlantic Ocean lifeboats were being set down into the water well below maximum capacity. Women and children were the first to be taken down in lifeboats as the ship was sinking. Lifeboat number seven was the first to leave the ship and carried just 27 passengers, despite having enough room for 65 people.
Carpathia’s Captain Arthur Rostron described the scene he encountered upon approaching the wreckage. ‘There was only a sea covered with wreckage and debris” where the Titanic had sunk. At the site of the disaster, he found exhausted passengers who were allowed to board the Carpathia. 705 people were rescued by the boat.
A “welcome committee” comprised of mostly friends and family members of survivors was put together to reunite grief-stricken survivors with their family and friends. Thousands of people were on-hand to offer their help and condolences to the survivors.