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Last Photo of the Titanic Afloat

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Where:
Off the coast of Newfoundland
When:
1912-04-15
Summary:
More than 1,500 of the 2,224 passengers aboard the RMS Titanic died after the ship collided with an iceberg in 1912

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Last Photo of the Titanic Afloat



  Where:
Off the coast of Newfoundland

  When:
1912-04-15

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It was hailed as the unsinkable ship that was supposed to change how passenger cruise liners would operate in the 20th century. Unfortunately, the end of the RMS Titanic became a cautionary tale that’s so well known that one of the highest grossing movies of all-time was created about its demise.

The Titanic was first ordered in late 1908, and set out on its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912. The trip was supposed to take more than 2,200 passengers from Southampton, England to New York City on what was then the largest ship on the waters. Many of these passengers were among the world’s elite, while others in the lower part of the ship were immigrants that were seeking a passage to the United States.

Two days after the ship set out, this photo was taken as it had just left Queenstown and was making its way past Crosshaven, Ireland. As it set out into deeper seas, nobody with a camera would ever see the Titanic afloat ever again.

Late on the night of April 14, 1912 and into the wee hours of the morning, the Titanic had been involved in a crash with an iceberg. The ship was cruising at its top speed when an iceberg was spotted in the night, but the sheer size of the ship was unable to allow it to turn in time, scraping up against the Titanic and causing a massive hole.

Water started to pour into the Titanic, and had it only flowed into four of the 16 total compartments, there’s a good chance that it could have kept going. However, water entered five of the compartments, which the crew knew would result in certain disaster. Upon learning how many compartments had been affected, the crew did all they could to alert rescue crews, launching flairs and signaling for help on the radio system.

Unfortunately, the Titanic was without of reach for many crews, and it would take hours for any help to arrive. Had there been enough lifeboats for the people onboard, many of them could have stayed afloat until rescue crews arrived. Unfortunately, there were only enough lifeboats for about half of the passengers.

This prompted the crew to say that the women and children aboard the ship had first offerings of the lifeboats, but there were still many men that tried to make their way onto the lifeboats, with many others pushing and shoving to get off of the sinking ship. More than 1,000 people were still on the boat when it ultimately sank, and died from injuries caused by the boat’s collapse or the frozen waters below.

There was outrage regarding the incident as the news broke out about the lack of lifeboats and how the “unsinkable ship” could be prone to such a disaster. There was even a committee that was established as a result of the crash, known as the International Convention of the Safety of Life at Sea that’s still being used more than 100 years after the Titanic sunk.

As for the wreckage of the ship, it would take a total of 73 years before it was recovered from the Atlantic Ocean. On September 1, 1985, Dr. Frank Ballard found the ship about 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, 12,000 feet below the sea on the ocean floor. Many artifacts were found on the boat, as well as the remains of those that had gone down with the ship.

Upon his discovery, Ballard had found that the ship was covered in bacteria that had been eating away at the ship, and it’s only going to continue in the murky depths. It’s now estimated that the remains of the Titanic only have about 10 years left before they are completely gone. Many of the items that were onboard have been recovered, though, with many of them being sold in auction.

Going back to the photo for a moment, it was actually taken by Francis Browne, an Irish Jesuit priest who was actually aboard the Titanic during its first part of the journey when it came to what was then Queenstown (now Cobh). Interestingly, Browne was offered a ticket for the journey that was set for New York City by a family that he befriended onboard, but declined as he had to return to his station.

While the disaster of the Titanic is still being talked about over a century later, there was another passenger ship that had crashed just a few months later that doesn’t seem to have been remembered by time. This was the SS Kiche Maru that had more than 1,000 people aboard that died off the coast of Japan during a tropical storm.

There have been many, many disasters in the years that have followed, but none that have had the lasting effect as the Titanic’s sinking. They have become increasingly rare in recent years, thankfully, and very few have been as deadly as the RMS Titanic’s first, last and only voyage.

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