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.
#12 Setting Up The Scene
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.
The Titanic would remain a lost ship until September 3, 1985. It was finally rediscovered by a team of American and French researchers just south of Newfoundland. The wreck was found 12,000 feet or about 2.2 miles under the ocean.
During this expedition a photograph was captured that shows the opulence first class passengers sailed with. Much of the ship was covered with gold decorations and fine art. Most of the valuables from the ship have been lost to the depths of the ocean.
#5 An Expedition Less Than Half A Decade Ago Took Full Ship Photos
It wasn’t until 2012 that the RMS Titanic’s first ever complete views of the wreck were captured with stunning clarity. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute took this top view photograph. A surprising amount of the cruise liner is still shown mostly intact.
This starboard profile shows that the Titanic buckled as it plowed nose-first into the seabed. The ships forward full ended up buried deep in mud. Unfortunately that makes it impossible to see exactly what type of damage was caused by the famous ice berg that sunk the world’s largest ship.
Many personal items are strewn across the ocean floor. Researchers have not yet found human remains but some have argued that the various pairs of boots and shoes they have discovered may have been worn by passengers — their bodies which have been lost to the ocean.
Since 1985 there has been rapid deterioration at the ships wreckage site. Officials in the United States issued the R.M.S. Titanic Maritime Memorial Act of 1986. Unfortunately, the Titanic sunk in international waters and international accords would need to be signed to offer full protection for the final resting place of the ship. In 2007, The Department of State sent to Congress proposed legislation to implement an international agreement with the United Kingdom, Canada and France.
This photo shows the massive size of one of the Titanic’s massive boilers. Before it’s maiden voyage the ships manufacturer believed the ship was too big to sink. It requires a massive amount of power to move the ship from one destination to the next. Now the boilers sit dormant at the bottom of the ocean.
The Titanic has been lost to us for more than 100 years, however, it remains the largest civilian ship disaster of all-time. Researchers continue to learn more about the ship every single day in the hopes of eventually understanding exactly what went wrong during that faithful trip. For now, only eerie reminders are left behind in stunning photographs of the cruise liners final resting place.