Newly Uncovered Photos of the Titanic
We all know the story of the Titanic from the movie, but there is a lot of real facts about the ship that many of us might find interesting. The movie craze inspired a lot of people to research more and learn more details about the grand ship, a lot of photos started to come out, which were previously thought to be uninteresting. But now, with the new excitement about Titanic, people were going crazy for any small bits of real information they could find. Recently, even more photos resurfaced, bringing us even closer to the ships’ history, the events that took place, and the people that traveled by it. Here there are!
The captain of Titanic has truly become a notorious figure in history. His name was Edward J. Smith, and before his duties on the Titanic, he served as a British Merchant Navy officer. His life remains relatively unknown, but many people want to find out more about the person who was behind the wheel of the most famous ship on the planet.
The crew of Titanic was appropriate for the size of the ship, and around 885 crew members were employed for the journey. This was a massive operation, and unfortunately, many of them didn't make it. However, we still have fond memories of their brave lives which were lost to a terrible accident that could have been avoided.
The Building Site
The Titanic was a massive building site before it was finished, and it had to be constructed on even bigger slipways. There were no slipways that could fit the Titanic at that time, so new ones had to be custom-built. They were called The Great Gantry. The slipway costed $150,000 and took over 15,000 workers to complete. It was a beast of a construction site!
An Expensive Ship
The Titanic, back in its time, was the world’s most expensive ship, and also the largest. It cost a whopping $7,500,000, so it was a real investment for the builders. Just the anchor alone was so heavy that twenty horses were needed to transport it to the harbor.
How It Looks Like Today
It was a ship that weighed 900 tons and housed 840 staterooms in all, 416 in first class, 162 in second class, and 262 in third class. We also have a recent photo of the anchor, looking much less imposing than it must have been back in the heydey of the Titanic.
As the Titanic prepared to set sail on April 10th, 1912, people crowded the docks of Southampton to see the ship set sail. They wanted to get as close as possible to the marvel and see for themselves what a ship of its size may look like. It was truly a great event for the whole city and one that was remembered for decades after.
The Discovery of a Propeller
In the aftermath of the accident, Robert's team discovered one of the three propellers of the starboard side of the Titanic. The side propellers of this ship were 23 feet wide, but the central propeller only reached 16 feet. Click next page to see how they look today.
How They Look Nowadays
The image above gives us a very clear reference to the true size of the propellers and the ship while it was under construction. In fact, if we placed the ship vertically, it would have been taller than any building of the time.
It is widely known that cutting corners is what brought the Titanic to its doom. Low-quality materials were used, and many issues were overlooked so that the ship can get built as fast and cheap as possible. The steel used for the build was substandard, and any engineer could easily detect that this would cause some problems down the way. The huge hole the iceberg made in it could have been avoided.
The Unsinkable Titanic
The Titanic was dubbed the unsinkable ship, but this was a lie. The White Star Line company who was in charge of building it advertised the ship as the best one out there, and it convinced everyone to trust their lies. Behind it all, the extreme cost-cutting was causing the ship to be anything but unsinkable.
The Fuel Reserves
Since the Titanic was a massive structure, it also needed a lot of fuel to propel it. The ship contained enormous coal bunkers, some of them three stories high, and housing around 1.5 tons of coal. This became a big problem when the coal reserves sparked and caught fire. The ship was now essentially on fire from the inside, and approaching iceberg danger from the outide.
And it wasn’t just the low quality steel that in the end sank the Titanic. The builders of the ship were told to save money wherever possible, cutting back on the available fuel reserves or lifeboats. On the outside, the ship might have looked grand and unsinkable, but underneath, it was dangerous for its passengers, and ill-prepared for the open seas.
The Iconic Staircase
The grand staircase is probably one of the most famous and talked about features of the Titanic, mostly because of its role in the movie. The stairs were made of English oak, designed in neoclassical style. The whole space was meant to exude luxury and even overwhelm the passengers with its beauty, which it certainly did.
Dining Hall For The Rich
The first-class dining saloon was the largest room on the ship, and it could fit 500 passengers. Its interior was elegant and beautifully decorated. The walls were painted white and had glass windows, giving the room a stunning appearance. Special lighting was used in the evening for an even nicer atmosphere.
There are not many artifacts that survived the ship sinking, but we are lucky enough to have saved a rare Titanic menu. What the menu shows is the luxurious dining experience for the passengers, including multiple courses like oysters, salmon, chicken, lamb, duckling, and beef. This unique item recently sold at auction for $160,450.
The Titanic passengers were wealthy enough to be used to these kinds of luxuries, and indeed the ship carried some very rich people. For example- John Jacob Astor IV, who was the wealthiest passenger on board. He was worth a whopping $90 million back then, which in today's money would make him a billionaire.
But it wasn’t just the rich and famous who boarded the iconic ship. The Titanic was also famous for carrying many different social groups and types of passengers. We now have a photo of the young couple Mr. and Mrs. George A. Harder, who were fresh newlyweds on their way to their honeymoon. Luckily, Mrs. George A. Harder survived the wreck.
Smoking Room To Marvel At
The passengers from the first-class could also enjoy a lavish smoking room. It had walls that were paneled in Georgian style mahogany with mother pearl details. There was a fireplace for intimacy, and the smoke room was solely designed for men to come and mingle. There were enough tables and comfortable chairs for long conversations.
Living in the Second Class
Whole seven decks were designated to accommodate the second class on the Titanic. The facilities and rooms were excellent, and could sometimes even rival those in the first class. The public areas for the second class included a library, smoking room, several dining rooms, and much more. The decorations were tasteful and luxurious, making the passengers feel like they were getting spoilt.
Where The Guests Took Walks
The passengers in the second class could choose between a variety of promenading decks. The biggest of them all was a 145-foot long open stretch. People could come here to enjoy the fresh breeze from the ocean or sip a beverage while looking out into the distance.
There were enough iron benches and chairs on the decks for everyone to enjoy the beauty of the open waters in peace. The decks today lay at the bottom of the ocean floor, and we can only imagine the people who once walked on them.
It seems like a modern luxury, but the Titanic also had a fully equipped gym onboard. Open for its first-class passengers, including ladies, the gym had an electric camel, electric horse, several cycling machines, and a rowing contraption. Tickets to the gym were sold to the first-class passengers, so they had to pay for the privilege of working out in possibly the first-ever gym on a ship.
A Place To Read And Write For The Ladies
With beautiful creamy white walls and elegant furnishings, the reading and writing rooms from the Titanic were mainly designed for the first-class ladies. The rooms were the equivalent of the men’s smoking room, and a place that brought the ladies together over their books, or simply for some good old gossip.
One of the most popular eating areas on the ship, the Cafe Parisien closely resembled the boutique cafes of Paris. With tasteful decorations in the French style, passengers came here to imagine they were in the European city while floating somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic. Just another great feature of the Titanic!
Where The Guests Did Activities
The ship offered so many possibilities for entertainment. Its passengers could choose from the many rooms to socialize, but also, there were a number of activities for both adults and children. For example, a lavish first-class Turkish bath, where gentlemen could enjoy steam rooms, private toilets, and a shampooing room.
Aside from this, a big squash court was ready to be used by anyone who fancied some sports. There was also a spacious swimming pool open to first-class passengers only. All that is left of the entertainment areas of the ship are pieces of metal, deep underneath the ocean.
A Cold Day Onboard
What we all want to see from the Titanic must be the daily life of the passengers. New photos have been uncovered, showing us just that. Even though the Titanic sailed in pretty cold temperatures, people still ventured outside onto the decks to get some fresh air. Wearing winter coats and prepared for the cold winter, we can’t help but wonder what they must have been thinking about.
The Massive Iceberg
An iceberg came to be the curse of the Titanic. However, many people are interested in learning more about the specific piece of ice which sunk the apparently unsinkable ship. What we do know is that it took about 40 minutes for the ship to sink completely, and the Titanic now sits under 12,500 feet of water.
The Destiny of the Bellboys
The job of these boys was to carry heavy luggage and do various tasks for first-class passengers. Unfortunately, none of them could escape the tragic fate of the Titanic. James Humphries, who commanded one of the lifeboats, explained what happened to them. They were called to the main cabin shortly after the collision with the iceberg, but by the time they were ordered to try and save themselves, it was too late for them to get to the lifeboats.
Right after the Titanic sank, a private investigation was held to find out who the real culprit of the accident was. Ismay, the main man in charge of the build immediately sent a telegram to all the firemen of Titanic, ordering them to scatter around various countries. Once Ismay was put on trial, he claimed the firemen had been lost in the Atlantic.
We have a rare picture of a newspaper boy selling a copy of Evening News, announcing the sinking of the Titanic. This picture was taken just a day after the accident, and even though the public was quickly notified of the event, there seemed to be a lot of confusion going around. The numbers of survivors were unclear, and some people were made to believe the news was more positive than they actually were.
The Real Story
The newspaper back then had no way of finding out what the real story behind the tragedy was. The White Star Line company was deliberately hindering investigations, and the public was left in the dark about the cause of the sinking for months. Most of the people didn’t even realize that it was not just an accident, but an event that was caused by the cheap build of the ship.
The Titanic Craze
It is no question the Titanic was a popular ship, and everyone heard about it. However, the craze about the ship escalated tenfold once it sank. After the disaster, people became obsessed with the sad event, and movies were soon rolling out about it. The first silent movie about it came out only 22 days after the sinking.
Crowds On Land
As no one knew what was really going on after the sinking, and if people actually made it out alive, all that was left for everyone to do was to crowd the streets in anticipation of any news. Crowds in New York gathered around the docks to wait for the moment the rescue ships come and bring their loved ones home.
Ice was in the end what brought the mighty Titanic to destruction, and there are many pictures showing us just how much ice there was around the ship at all times. The Titanic was sailing the cold waters of the Atlantic and was constantly exposed to the dangers of sharp and massive icebergs reaching down into the depths of the ocean.
The ship that finally came to Titanic’s rescue was the now-famous Carpathia. It came to save the ship around four hours after the SOS call was heard, and survivors were immediately helped onboard of the Carpathia. The ship is now viewed as the hero of the story, and its crew members applauded for the bravery.
The lifeboats were the only chance of survival for the Titanic passengers, and the biggest flaw of the ship was that it simply didn’t have enough of them. We do have a few rare photos of the lifeboats loaded with passengers getting transported to Carpathia, but we also have a photo of one sank lifeboat which was hoisted up from the ocean after the accident.
Carrying The Titanic Lifeboats
The Carpathia ship welcomed all the Titanic lifeboats that managed to get to it, and it sailed to the pier in New York, loaded with the small boats hanging from its side. This is now an iconic image of survival and a small win for the big disaster of the Titanic.
The Survivors On Carpathia
The lucky few who made it on the lifeboats and all the way to their rescue ship Carpathia were immediately wrapped in blankets and clothes supplied by the Carpathia crew. The rescuers made sure the passengers were taken care of, and none of them got cold. They would soon be sailing to safety.
The Survivors On Land
We are also lucky enough to have a photo of some of the survivors finally reaching land after having to experience such terrible events out in the open seas. This is a photo of some of them at Millbay Docks in Plymouth, England, right as they were offloaded from the rescue ships in May 1912.
The Families At Home
While the Titanic disaster happened, the families of the passengers at home had no way of knowing if their loved ones survived. They had to wait outside of the White Star Line offices in order to learn something new about what was going on. It is understandable that everyone was getting very worried.
Waiting For Loved Ones
When news broke that the survivors will finally be brought home, people crowded the areas where the rescue ships were to bring the Titanic passengers back. This is a photo of people eagerly awaiting their loved ones in Southampton, England, just a few days after the disaster.
Greeting Family Members
Relatives were finally able to see their family members making it to shore alive. They came to greet the Titanic survivors and take them home to safety. The docks in Southampton, England were packed full of people looking for their loved ones, and experiencing some true feelings of joy and gratitude.
The Good In The Bad
It is no question that the sinking of the Titanic was a tragedy, but it did manage to bring something positive with it. Due to the accident, ship regulations were now getting stricter by the minute, and rigorous ice patrols were going around the North Atlantic. No one wanted to repeat the terrible event, so measures were taken so that it will never happen again.
Who’s To Blame?
The trial for the Titanic was an utter mess, as powerful and rich parties were trying to avoid responsibilities. The sinking was therefore concluded to be an accident, and the case was laid to rest. However, missing photos and people coming forward with new evidence started appearing shortly after, and the case was reopened.
Learning From Mistakes
All the new evidence that was presented in the Titanic trials was leading to the bettering of ship regulations, and more responsibility given to the shipbuilders. Because of the terrible tragedy, and the reasons that caused it, everyone was beginning to see the lessons, and learn from them.
New 3D Imaging
In 2010, scientists descended down into the ocean to take 3D images of the wreck, hoping to learn more about the accident. The mission was also meant to gather all the objects from the Titanic which were still buried under the ocean, and the images that came up were simply breathtaking.
More And More Expeditions
Due to modern technology, we now have much better ways to study the Titanic wreck, and to collect all the artifacts it left behind. More and more expeditions are being done, and even more are planned in the near future, hoping to catch the last remnants of the Titanic before nature claims it completely.
Visiting The Titanic
Despite the number of ongoing expeditions, the number of people who have made it down to the wreck is still very low. Only about 200 have seen the sunken ship, but things might change soon, as companies are now taking people down to visit the Titanic. It is a costly affair, but if you are a Titanic fan, it might just be worth it.
Advance in photographic technology also allows us to take unprecedented pictures of the sunken Titanic. What was previously impossible to shoot is now easy to do, and we currently have hundreds of high resolution and detailed pictures of the wreck under the ocean, revealing more about the ship to us every day.
The Titanic Memorial
The Titanic disaster happened over 100 years ago, but it is still fresh in everyone’s minds. And so it should be. Remembering such tragic events will hopefully help us avoid them in the future, and we are also paying respect to the unfortunate victims of the sinking. There are numbers of memorials, books, or documentaries about the Titanic, so people can gain more knowledge about the event.
The story of the Titanic will continue to fascinate people for centuries to come. We will always want to know more about the passengers who sailed on this famous boat. The constant uncovering of new pictures and evidence about the ship and the life on it is a great treasure trove of information. We hope more and more photos will keep resurfacing!