We all know the tragedy that was Titanic. It gave people hope, gave them a reason to celebrate, but an iceberg ruined it all. It took many lives, and it was the first public lesson in how our most significant technological advancements can fail us without care.
When it comes to man and nature, the winner will always be nature. It is a force we can’t compete with. Years later, new evidence keeps on surfacing as to why the Titanic sank. Let’s explore these beautifully rare photos of the great ship that you will not find anywhere else.
#1. Queen of the Ocean
When the Titanic came into existence, people marvelled at this beautiful piece of technology and named it the Queen of the Ocean. The Titanic creators bragged how the ship is unsinkable, and nothing could come in the way of its power. During its time, it was perhaps the most significant invention.
The ship was so huge that a separate shipyard had to be constructed for it, and that was at least four city blocks big. It was where the ship was built, and it was no easy task. Building the Titanic took significant time, money, and effort from everyone involved.
#2. Fierce Competition
It is no surprise that other companies competed with the makers of the Titanic. After all, everyone wanted to get ahead in the cruise game. White Star Line was under pressure to make this cruise work because they wanted to be ahead of their rival cruise companies.
The executive of White Star Line, J. Bruce Ismay, was under constant pressure from the executives and the board. Rival companies were already advertising their cruises and boats. Ismay was furious, but he knew he had to do his best if he wanted the Titanic to be a success. Of course, we all know this success was short-lived.
#3. Budget Constraints
The Chief Planner for the Titanic was Thomas Andrews, and he was responsible for the idea development and the physical construction of the Titanic. The only problem was that all his ideas were putting a strain on the budget, and the company involved in the making of Titanic couldn’t afford it.
Ismay told Andrews that he had to cut spending and not use such luxurious items for the boat since they were under budget restraints. Andrews insisted that some things can’t be compromised on for the ship to work well, but Ismay did not listen. Little did he know it would be the downfall of the Titanic?
#4. The 1912 Coal Strike
It was a tough time for the working class when the Titanic was introduced. The workers were going through a transitory period where they left their jobs to look for opportunities in the industrial sector. The workers were on a coal strike because they were not fairly compensated for their work.
When the coal stocks took a hit, their wages dropped low too. However, when the stocks rose, their wages remained the same. This angered them, and they wanted to be fairly compensated for their work. Due to this, the creators of Titanic were also under strain.
#5. New Evidence Uncovered
Many have wondered why the Titanic sank as it was a technological marvel at the time. Of course, there were many reasons for it, and as the years pass, more evidence comes to light. In 2017, a documentary was revealed called Titanic: The New Evidence.
The documentary focused on the reasons that led to the sinking of the Titanic. It said that one reason was fuel deficiency. It uncovered that the reason for acceleration towards an ice field was because the ship was trying to save fuel. They didn’t have enough fuel to slow down the ship, and so it crashed into the iceberg.
#6. A Trojan horse
Just like a Trojan horse, The Titanic looked something else from the outside, but from the inside, it was something else altogether. People thought it was a great ship that was unbreakable from the outside, but from the inside, it was the most fragile cruise White Star Line could have built.
The steel was not high-quality, and it was defective. This led to the ship being left in disaster due to the impact. Of course, Ismay did not care about this. He just wanted to save money no matter what the cost. Eventually, such an attitude of his ruined everything.
#7. A Scam Disguised As Luxury
Never fall for marketing tactics. The Titanic was shown to be the greatest invention and the most incredible cruise in the world. However, this was just for show. From the inside, it was the weakest ship, and the people were scammed just so White Star Line could finally make money.
Three years ago, some pictures were found from an old photo album in an attic. The album was from before when the Titanic set out for a voyage. The pictures provided further insight into what was going on at the time.
#8. Unknown Marks
The album shocked its viewers. As they were going through it, they found shocking things that they could not believe at first. One of the photos of the Titanic, before it went on a voyage, showed some damage on the outside of the cruise.
Upon looking further, it was realized that it was a thirty-foot scorch mark. Many other photos of the Titanic in the album had the same scorch mark. The location of the scorch mark was where the boiler is supposed to be. It indicated that there might have been a fire inside this area that led to the mark. Was this true?
#9. Burning From The Inside
There was only one way to power such a gigantic ship at the time, and it was to use coal. There had to be coal bunkers from where the power was to be provided so the ship could keep going. These bunkers were almost three stories high, and there was room to store almost two tonnes of coal.
Having such a vast bunker with so much space was nothing new for the creators of the cruise. It was a standard procedure. However, something inside the bunker was heating it, and the Titanic started burning without anyone, even knowing.
#10. Fire from the First Day
People were so caught up in making the Titanic an impressive feat that no one seemed to care what was happening to the ship in the process. Nobody tried to extinguish the fire and call for help. Ever since the Titanic set sail, it was already on fire from the inside.
There is evidence of this negligence as well. Reports from 1912 mention the fire, but nobody took any action against it. A worker in the engine room named John Dilley wrote a report during this time too where he said that Titanic was on fire from Day 1, but nobody knew or cared.
11. Combating the Flickering Flames:
The fire inside the coal bunkers was getting stronger and wild as days passed thus eleven labourers were assigned to quench it. The captain of the ship named Edward Smith made sure that the word about the fire does not spread amongst the passengers just to avoid a panicky situation. The captain was already put in a vulnerable state by Ismay( chairperson of White Liners) since a lot of aristocrats and investors were also on board thus having people know of the drawbacks would ultimately sully the White Liners ( the company’s) reputation. Due to such dense reasons, Captain Edward Smith had to keep himself unwillingly silent.
12. Deceitful Doings:
There are numerous theories about Titanic’s drawbacks that led to its devastation, Joseph Bruce Ismay was one of the reasons. He was the managing director of White Star Lines and became a controversial figure after the sinking of the ship since he was the one who put pressure on the captain to accelerate the speed of the ship so that the ship is ahead of its scheduled voyage.
He even knew about the breaking of fire in the coal bunkers but still pressurized on sailing faster for the sake of publicizing the company’s name also he made sure that the first-class services are prompt and impeccable just to develop a respectable impression of himself amongst the dignitaries.
13. Table d’hôte:
The food menu of titanic is another attention-grabbing element since the lunch menu was sold for $102,000 and the dinner menu was sold for $58000 hence a total of $160,450 were spent on Titanic’s menu cards at an auction dated back in 2012.
If we take a look at the menu we will notice that most of the items enlisted are still considered as delicacies and that only the superior and elite can afford to have it, for instance, turtle soup, Sussex capon, foie grass stuffed eggs, oysters, salmons ad so on. Well no matter how extravagant and fancy Titanic’s menu was, the ship was enkindled throughout its limited journey.
14. It Wasn’t Just the Iceberg
We all know that the Titanic sank after it hit an iceberg and that is what many people believe is sole cause of the incident. However many people that there were other reasons for the sinking of the cruise-liner. Yes, the iceberg became the catalyst but when the ship hit the iceberg many things on the Titanic caught fire due to damage to the wiring and coal from the furnace. The rising temperatures also contributed to the demise of the Titanic. This gives rise to a lot of new questions regarding the sinking of the Titanic.
15. Elevating Heat Levels and the Spread of the Fire:
There are many conspiracies associated with the notorious Titanic. Many prudent minds passed numerous facts about the ships ill fate but what struck them all was that a ship as massive as Titanic cannot be too frail to get destroyed by simply hitting an iceberg. They thought that there will be several other reasons behind the shipwreck while iceberg playing the role of a final nail in the coffin. Coal fire specialist Guillermo Rein put forward horrifying research regarding this account which profoundly explained that the coal was already on fire before the ships voyage hence heating the fuel room. This ended up causing the fire to spread out to other parts of the ship once it hit the iceberg.
16. A Mayhem in Titanic:
When we connect all the dots, we would eventually comprehend with all the facts made by the sceptics and conclude that Titanic was already sinking from the beginning. The coal piles in the bunker were heated up at 1000-2000 ͦF right next to the bulkhead.
The bulkhead was a watertight room that was made up of steel. Since steel is highly affected by the elevated temperatures as it becomes weak and brittle, the bulkheads apparently could not store water due to which the water made its way to the bunkers resulting in a complete power outage in Titanic.
17. Lionhearted Labourers:
When titanic initiated its maiden voyage and left Southampton for New York, it was already kindling with fire thus the courageous workers of the engine room tried their best to keep the fire under control, and were successful in doing it as well. Since the coal piles were already heated up therefore there was nothing much left to try for as very soon the metal of the bulkheads started to disintegrate? Eventually, a hole was found out present near the bulkhead thus the only option left for the workers to cover the area up and hope for anything good to occur.
18. Dealing with the Burning Coal:
In the movie Titanic, it was shown that the fuel room workers were shovelling tons of coal into the burning furnaces, well we must have thought that they are only doing it to keep the ship moving they were clearing out the burning coal to keep the developing fire under control. Since the workers were throwing away tons of red-hot coal into the scorching furnaces, it was deduced that the Titanic was short of fuel and was moving ahead with a very high speed. This can be another reason as to why the crew was unable to turn back the ship after noticing the iceberg.
19. Fatal Warning Fell On Deaf Ears
Everyone talks about the might of the Titanic. It was one of the most famous ship of its time even before the sinking incident. It was one of a kind ship that was laced with all the advanced technology of that time. The Titanic even received several warning on their communication devices that the ship was heading fast in to an iceberg. The captain had two choices. He could either let the ship sail or try to avoid the iceberg by increasing speed or he could stop the ship. Stopping the ship wasn’t an easy decision as that would have meant that the ships resources would deplete even before it reached its destination. So the warning weren’t entirely ignored but they were given the attention that they deserved.
20. The Tragedy That Changed the Course of Sea Travel
The most well-known tragedies are still remembered today, this is the one that happened on the 12th of April in 1912. The ship, famously labelled as “The Unsinkable” sank into the North Atlantic Ocean. With around 2,200 people on board, the ship sank in under 3 hours taking along around 1,500 passengers with it. Some leapt from the ship, and some sank with it. Those who survived were the ones who managed to get into the lifeboats. This tragedy became a historic event in the world and is still remembered to this day.
21. Patch the Hole Up
Once the iceberg hit the ship, it burst through the compartment and started filling up. The bunker that was right next to it filled up with water quickly. That is when the workers tried to patch it up quickly and strategically so that the water is kept outside and doesn’t trickle back in. Though it worked, for the time being, it was not enough to save the ship. The patchwork only protected was inevitably bound to happen, and the water finally burst through the seams. The pressure of the water was immense, and it finally gave way and started filling up the engine room. By that time, it was too late.
22. What Could Have Saved People
According to Molony, the researcher who has researched the reason why the Titanic sank and whether it was avoidable or not, came up with a few theories. One of his theory’s states that if the last bunker of the ship had held its water pressure, even for a little while longer, the ship would have sunk a lot slower and lot more people would have been saved. That would have given them enough time to call for a mayday and also called for rescue. But because the compartment gave way the ship sank faster than expected and people didn’t have enough time to figure a safe way out.
23. The Mystery of the Distress Signal
The ship sunk for 3 hours and the distress signal was never called out. What happened? J.Bruce Ismay was one of the people who survived and was later called to question over the distress signal. He knew what had happened, so he tried to hide reality about the fire and told all the fireman who worked on the ship to disappear. Then, went ahead and let the court know that all the firemen had died during the sinking. Though he tried being clever on his part, things later came out in court that were extremely distressing.
24. The Ruling of Lord Mersey
The judge who was ruling over the Titanic sinking case was called Lord Mersey. For some reason, he was in a hurry to wrap up the case, and that caused a lot of concern. His ruling stated that the fire that had started in the engine due to the coal-burning was not of importance and dismissed it. He also dismisses the fact that 160 firemen were supposed to be on board the Titanic and instead there were only 8. Though this infuriated the public, Lord Mersey made his ruling. The question is, why was he in such a hurry to wrap this up?
25. The Final Verdict
After the trial finished the Judge ruled that the Titanic sunk due to high speed collision with the Iceberg and that alone was the main reason for the disaster. Later on, while Molony was doing his research and he went through the now published album that had the photos of the sunken ship, he realised that the fire was never taken into notice. This clear misjudgement was wrong on many levels and had to be looked into further. Why this critical information was ignored, and was it time to pay more attention to the fire that may have been the reason for the disaster?
26. Repercussions of the Judgment
The most shocking thing that came out of the verdict was that Ismay managed to walk free. He didn’t have to pay for anything and instead the White Star Line had to pay repercussions to the survivors. Though in a cruel twist of fate, the majority of the survivors were from the first class. This meant that they sued for the damage in property and clothes. Some sued for their entire wardrobes and some for the cars and jewellery that they had lost. The company paid their compensations but no one took justice for the lives of the third and second class that were lost in the disaster.
27. Cost Cuts That Became Deadly
When the time came to understand where the costs were cut and how did the disaster happen, that is where the truth came to light. J. Bruce Ismay made terrible decisions when it came to heading the Titanic. The ship, on which almost 2,200 people were about to travel was kept in deteriorating conditions. From using subpar steal to not having the full 160 fire-fighters on board, corners were cut when it came to the cost drastically and it all lead to the sinking of the ship and the loss of nearly 1,500 people. What happened next was the disaster the world saw.
28. Failing to Learn from History
When looking at the history of the company called White Star Line, there was another crash between the two ships, and one of the findings that came out of that was that the hulls of the ship were not secure and strong enough. With this critical piece of information ignored, the Titanic was still allowed to go into the sea and risk everyone’s life on board. This is why historians are now trying to figure out and prove that the fire was the cause of the crash. If there is one silver lining, it is that now there are stricter laws in regards to fire safety on ships.
29. New and Improved Laws
After the infamous incident of Titanic sinking and the lives lost, specific laws were put in place to protect the passengers from any future disastrous situations. First and foremost, laws about the identification of icebergs and their knowledge to nearby ships beforehand are essential enough to keep them away from their path. Second, that Morse code was an outdated practice and that every ship needs to have a radio so that they can easily communicate and ask for help. Lastly, the ratio of passengers to lifeboats needs to be equal, every ship should have enough for all the passengers.
30. The Gravity of the Price that Was Paid
From all that has been said and will be said about the incident, it is not wrong to say that this was probably one of the greatest disasters in civil naval history. The lives lost will never and can never be repaid with any amount of compensation. Though the search for truth is still ongoing but that doesn’t deter from the fact that the pain of knowing that so many innocent lives were lost only because of the mistakes of a few falls heavy on the heart and mind. No amount of truth confessions will bring those souls back.
31. The Origin of Titanic
So, let’s go back to the beginning. Where did this all start? Titanic means “gigantic” in Greek, and the photo above is the first-ever photo that was taken of this magnificent ship. It was set to go on its first sail on the 10th of April 1912. The construction and development of this ship was well publicised, from the making of it to the selling of the tickets. It was deemed a trip of a lifetime from England to America. With the main attractions being the unique recreational places that were available to people in the first class.
32. Luxury Was the Attraction
Titanic was sold to the rich as a ship of luxury. The rich lived a life on this ship that was unlike anything you may have ever seen. They had halls filled with music, Champaign, dances and restaurants filled with rich food. If you happened to be one of the first-class residents, then you were living the life. You were far better than those living in second-class, third-class and the fourth-class. Where life was all music and laughter on the first-class floor, the conditions elsewhere were horrible. The classism in the ship was another reason why those who survived were majorly rich folks.
33. The Band That Kept Playing
You must have heard about the famous band that was playing on the Titanic. Even as it sank, the band kept playing, trying to calm down the passengers. The band, as shown in the picture, played on the first-class floor. They would play different tunes for different people, but where they made the most impact was when they knew that the ship was sinking. They played till they could, trying their best to calm the nerves of the panic-stricken passengers. Their bravery did not go in vain. They will forever be known as the band that refused to give up on the passengers.
34. The Iconic Staircase
This staircase has captured the hearts of many, but this was, in fact, an actual staircase too. Though this was available for the elite, first-class passengers only, the architecture in itself was beautiful from its majestic steps to its intricate designs. From the wooden structure that gave off a regal look to the beautiful surrounding, everything about this staircase was historic. Set in the middle of the first-class floor, this staircase was a class statement used by the elite. The staircase became an icon for its grace but also became the last saving grace for a lot of passengers.
35. The First Sea Gym
The Titanic was amongst the first ships that introduced to the world what the first-class luxury looked like. The concept of a gym was relatively new and was provided to only the elite passengers of the ship. As shown in the photo, there were multiple equipment’s that were provided to the passengers. The timings of this place included 9 am to noon for women and 2 pm to 6 pm for the men. The ship provided everything that could be found in a gym. Looking at this picture is a reminder that life was normal on board the Titanic.
36. It’s All Fun and Games
Life on the Titanic was segmented into different classes, but the one thing that reached beyond the class system was the children. With almost 126 children on board, fun and games on the deck were typical. Children were allowed to move freely from one place to another and were also allowed to be in the gym from 1 pm to 3 pm. This picture reminiscent of the carefree life of the children that were on board the Titanic. They enjoyed and spent their entire day, running around and playing games that filled their hearts with joy.
37. The Lounge That Housed the Elite
From the many things that were only provided to the first-class passengers, this was one of the most significant places. This was the place where all the affluent passengers could casually sit and reconnect with each other. This particular photo shows the lounge that was situated in Deck A of the ship. From the decor of the place, it was clear that it was a special place. Passengers from the first-class would all join here in the evening or night to play cards, billiard, gossip and talk business transactions all the while drinking and smoking. It was indeed a place of luxury.
38. Need a Haircut? Worry Not!
Now, this is something that may shock you when you read about it. A barbershop on the ship? How is it possible? Well, simply the primary purpose of having a first-class floor was to provide the passengers with every facility that they would need in everyday life. There were about two barbershops on the ship. One was for the first-class and the second was for the second-class passengers. The shop also acted as a souvenir shop where you could go for a haircut and also buy a keepsake to remember the trip. The picture above showcases one of the barbershops.
39. Café Parisien, The Café with a View
Amongst the many facilities that were provided to the affluent passengers, Café Parisien was one of the most talked-about one. This café was the perfect café with the most fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean and a breath-taking view of the ship too. Titanic was a beautiful ship in itself. This café was one of the places where the young first-class passengers would get together and meet up. From having amazing food to the beautiful atmosphere that was made by the band, this was the perfect place to be to see the sunset or the sunrise.
40. Facilities in the First-Class Cabins
This is a privilege that only a few got to see. The first-class cabins in all their glory were amongst the best cabins on the ship. These cabins were something straight out of a movie. The beautiful décor, beautiful wooden beds with carvings that were intricate and majestic to the bedding that was soft and comfortable for a good night’s sleep, everything was worth the money spent. This picture is an excellent example of where the privileged passengers housed themselves. They were mostly located in Block B, where most of the rooms even had their private deck.
41. Accommodations of the Second-Class Passengers
From first-class cabins to second-class accommodations, this is a brief description that would let you know the significant differences between them. Though the second-class accommodation was nothing in comparison to the first-class, they were great in their capacity. They had double bedding, as shown in the picture along with a private bathroom and a small seating area where you could relax. It was a bit fancy only because in case the first-class ran out of rooms. This was mostly in block C or E, and they had a little more facilities than the third-class passengers.
42. The Forgotten Cabins
When it comes to talking about the necessities, then the third-class cabins where barely completing them. From four bunks crammed into a small living space along with a small basin as shown in the picture. Entire families were forced to live in this small cabin. The third-class passengers did not have enough room to move around in their cabin, and that is where were seen roaming the ship most often, from deck F to G, the passengers were allowed to move freely. This meant that they were on the lowest deck and the first ones to be affected by the iceberg.
43. The Lounge of the Forgotten Ones
Now, this is the lounge that was mostly occupied by the third-class passengers. When looking at the picture above, you can tell that it looked more like a prison dining hall than a lounge. If you compare it with the first-class lounge, it looks even more sombre. The lounge was a combination of a dining hall and a common area to hang out. They provided them with the most common foods such as vegetable stew and other basic meals and occasional roast beef on a good day. The one good thing that they had was each other.
44. Second-Class Lounge and Its Outlook
The second-class lounge was a mixture of both the first-class and third-class lounge. As shown in the picture, this lounge looked a lot fancier than the one mentioned above and had you not known what the first-class lounge looked like you would have thought this was the one. With beautiful ceilings and beautifully polished chairs, this is a beautiful lounge to hang out in and eat food at. They used this for fundamental social interactions between the passengers and a way to get to know each other. The only difference was that this was one of the lounges where the third-class passengers could easily sneak into.
45. The Boiler Room That Fuelled the Titanic
This is the room where all the action happened. This is where all the hard work was being done. A total of 179 employees worked here 24/7 to make sure that the ship was moving smoothly and calmly, with 29 boiler rooms at the lowest deck, these workers were the ones who did the most challenging work but were never deemed necessary enough to protect. Though they paid them well for their hard work and services, they were the first ones to go when the ship hit the iceberg. The water filled the boiler rooms early on, and they had no chance of escape.
46. Selling Your Business on the Titanic
There was no rule on the titanic, let that be the first-class floor or the third-class where you couldn’t sell your products. That is why, as shown in this picture, there were people who would often sell their products and do business on the decks of the Titanic. This is one of the reasons why travelling businesswomen and men would buy tickets for long-times cruises so that they could sell their products easily on the ship. On the Titanic, they boarded with hopes and dreams of a bigger and better future, not knowing what calamity would occur.
47. The Beautiful Decks of Titanic
The decks that were open and above the water where about four. They opened into the oceans, and you could stand there and look beyond the vast beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. With elegant wooden floors and a substantial ledge, the decks were a piece of architecture that could be enjoyed by all the passengers. One of the reasons why the decks stood out was because they didn’t design them for a specific class. They were to be used by all, and they were. For the third-class passengers, this was the closest they could come to living the dream.
48. The Luggage Service on the Titanic
This is one of the first pictures taken of the titanic in action. The picture which shows the hustle-bustle on the day it set sail. You can see in the picture how all the luggage is being taken into the ship by labourers. There was another ship that was nearby and stayed close by that took all the luggage of the passengers and transported to the Titanic. Usually, at that time, the passengers used to bring in their luggage; it was the Titanic that introduced the service that provided the passengers with labourers who did the service for them.
49. The Propellers That Lost Their Power
Yes, these propellers are as giant as they seem in this picture. The propellers were boasted on about how strong they are and that their power is unmatched. Little did they know that in a few days they would give way and sink? They were three propellers in total where one was in the centre, and two were on the side. They looked huge, and they were the biggest propellers ever made. What is baffling is how these three big propellers managed to give way and not support the entire ship. One of the biggest disasters of maritime history was the sinking of the unsinkable, the Titanic.
50. Discovering the Propellers after the Sinking
After the Titanic sank, what mattered to most historians and researchers was the need to find the sunken ship. The faster they find the sunken ship, the faster they can figure out what happened. Once they did do a deep dive into the Atlantic Ocean, they discovered the carcass of Titanic along with the propellers. As shown in the picture above, they were in their prime condition even after the years they spent down in the water. With these relics, you can now piece together what went where, and that is how they recreated the titanic for the researchers to study.
51. The Serene Reading Room
This was one of the most peaceful and quiet places on the ship. This was a room that was specially designed for women. Though there were other reading and writing rooms too, this one was specifically for the first-class women. Here the design was feminine, classy and delicate. Along with the decoration on the walls and the curtains were all directed towards women. Though the purpose was creating a separate space for women, it was observed that most women would rather stay in the lounge and bond. This way the designer noted to not include this in, the next design.
52. The Deck Which Looked Up to the Sky
This was the main deck that was open to all passengers. The reason why it was called the top deck was that it had everything available on it, from lifeboats to officers and engineers’ quarters and first- and second-class accommodations. This was the place where only the privileged could go and were able to see the entire ship from all sides. The third0class was not allowed on the top deck and thus could not witness the beauty with which you could see the entire ocean. You could run to the edge and scream out into the ocean.
53. The Swimming in the Middle of an Ocean
Saying that there is a pool in a ship that is sailing in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean seems not only far-fetched but also ironic. But that wasn’t the case on Titanic. This was something that was exclusively built for titanic as in that time this was the first cruiser that had the option of an indoor pool. It was most definitely for the first-class passengers as the water was saltwater, and it was then heated to create a calming effect. If that isn’t privileged then what is. This picture shows the pool when not in use.
54. Would You Rather Have Tea or Wine?
This is the part of the series where the coloured pictures have made their way in. The more coloured, they are the more you will be able to relate to them. From tea to your taste in alcohol, ladies were offered anything they wanted. Sandwiches and snacks until dinner or lunch-time. The place where women hung out and bonded over different things along with keeping up with the news. It was a place for the first-class passengers only, so the women only hung us with people of their stature. The alcohol time in these halls started at 8 am, and you could order almost anything that you wanted.
55. Green Carpet Laid Over Even the Simplest Staircase
Not only was the Grand Staircase of the titanic luxuriously decorated but even the simplest staircases of the ship were lavishly decorated as well. The simplest staircases of the ship were covered with a green velvet carpet. So, even if you were a third-class passenger riding on the ship, you would still have experienced the lavishness of the ship. But, this does not mean that the whole ship was lavishly decorated. There were few parts of the ship that were left undecorated as well such as work stations. We guess that the creators did not feel the need to decorate that area as they did not expect any visitor to go down there.
56. The Massive Metal Cross Brace Held the Ship Altogether
While the construction of the ship began in the year 1909 at a shipyard in Belfast, the whole process took only two years to be completed. This time period is extremely short as compared to the construction of other ships. What made it possible for the ship to be constructed in such a short time period was the huge working force. According to an estimate, around 3000 workers were hired for the construction of the ship. The metal cross brace can be considered the main part of titanic. The area was massive and was placed in the middle of the ship. It was believed that this area held the ship together.
57. Only One Operator Worked In the Radio Room
Another interesting thing about Titanic is its radio room. Can you believe that there was only one radio operator working for such a huge ship? Yes, that’s right. The radio operator was a young man that worked for the whole day in the radio room. He only got off at night time. The operator used that time to take rest and sleep. He returned to the radio room again in the day. When the ship hit the iceberg, the operator sent the signals immediately until the very end. It is probably due to his sacrifice that the signals went out. Otherwise, no one would have come to the rescue.
58. The Unknown Final Moments of Titanic’s Captain
Titanic was blessed with some of the most experienced captains. Captain Edward John Smith was one of the best and has prior experience of sailing on many White Star Line ships. According to him, he was extremely honoured that the company chose him as the captain of Titanic. So, what was he actually doing when the ship hit the iceberg? According to many rumours, the captain was asleep in his cabin when the ship hit the iceberg. Although he did everything he could do to save the ship and the people on it, he was not able to succeed. The final moments of the captain are also unknown. Some believe that he drowned but there are many rumours that he shot himself.
59. Lifeboats Weren’t Enough
20 lifeboats and 2,224 passengers and crew to be rescued from the sinking ship were not sufficiently accommodating. In an ideal world, the lifeboats that were already in the insufficient count could only house 1100 people but since apart from this major downside there were other hindrances which further aggravated the pandemonium.
The crew of the ship were quite amateurish in launching down the lifeboats and caused the boats to tumble down, due to this reason each lifeboat was able to carry half the load of its said adequacy. The ineptness of the crew results in people’s death by falling off from the lifeboats. Check out the next story regarding Titanic’s survivors.
60. Survivors on the Lifeboats
By going through the Titanic’s journey, one would mull over some horrifying and devastating facts that the White Liners probably ignored. Besides the fire in the coal bunkers and insufficient lifeboats, the lifeboat launcher of the ship was pathetically slow. Due to dysfunctional lifeboat launcher, the passengers were not rescued on time for instance at 11:45 pm, the first lifeboat was launched down in the ocean while the last one was set into motion at
Approximately 2:15 am. Since there were only 20 lifeboats available, the crew was operating at a very measured speed in putting the boats to the sea. Check out the next story regarding Titanic’s survivors.
61. Warming Up
The crew of RMS Carpathia managed to rescue the survivors by arriving at the site of catastrophe, two hours after the Titanic’s wreck. When the radio operator of the ship traced down the signals while heading eastward from New York, the captain of RMS Carpathia immediately initiated a rescue strategy.
By following the captain’s Rescue plan the crew of RMS Carpathia was able to save 712 individuals and continued en routing towards its final destination that was New York. The survivors of the calamity were finally released from the ship when it reached New York. In the picture below the survivors can be seen resting at the deck of RMS Carpathia soaking up the suns warmth after experiencing a tragic, cold night of their lives. Check the next story out regarding Titanic’s survivors.
62. Great Honours for the Staff of RMS Carpathia:
After their heroic act in rescuing Titanic’s passengers, the captain and crew members of RMS Carpathia were acknowledged throughout the globe and were rewarded by a silver cup which was given to them by the representative of the survivor’s clan as a token of gratitude for their lionheartedness and remarkable efforts which they made for rescuing the distressed individuals.
The captain Rostron of RMS Carpathia was invited at the White House by President Taft of the United States. There he was honoured with one of the noblest and esteemed awards of the country which was the Congressional Gold Medal. Check out the next story regarding Titanic’s survivors.
63. The Looters Took Away The Lifeboats:
Out of 20 lifeboats, only 13 of them were able to pave their way to RMS Carpathia and indeed were the only solid relic of once gargantuan Titanic. Thus, the crew of the RMS Carpathia decided to handover these boats to their owner which were none other than the White Liners.
The fate of these boats was as misfortunate as Titanic as they were taken away by the looters since they were left unsupervised at the port. The sudden disappearance of the boats led to another series of speculations as it was assumed that the company itself quietly destroyed them just to avoid further controversies. Check out the next story related to Titanic’s survivors.
64. Titanic Disaster Fund to Help the Survivors
The tales of the sinking of Titanic are something which is still notorious till this day. The calamities associated with it are still horrifying and make one’s spine shiver. Thousands of people were on board, and the majority of them died in the shipwreck while those who managed to survived were rescued in rags. Their horrid state shook the entire world from the core thus people tried to help the survivors by all possible means.
Numerous fundraising campaigns were conducted for this sole purpose for instance a boy’s scout group in Stratford initiated a campaign and were later joined by other individuals making the campaign a success as it received worldwide recognition. The White Star Liners also established a funding group to facilitate the survivors. See the next page regarding Titanic’s survivors
65. The Survivors Took Refuge in New York City
When Titanic started its journey, people were allotted into different class lounges based on their affordability. Well, life is unpredictable as none of these people knew that within a few days they’ll require the necessities. Whether they were from nobility or not, all the survivors were accommodated in an emergency camp and were dependent on the people of New York for any kind of aid.
People who had their relatives living in New York immediately took refuge in their houses while some of them were left completely stranded in a totally strange city but were welcomed wholeheartedly by the genuine people of New York. See the next page regarding Titanic’s survivors.
66. Opportunist Used The Incident To Make Money:
“To make hay while the sun shines” is a famous saying that is used for the opportunist. One might think that what does it have to do with Titanic? Well, when there is a calamity that has garnered a massive score of attention from people throughout the world and became one of the most sensational news, then there are go-getters existing on planet earth who try to seek benefits from every situation, even as tragic as Titanic’s wreck showing no sympathy to the survivors.
Figurines postcards, Newspapers, Magazines and so on, inked with Titanic’s tribulation were sold for large sums of money. See the next page regarding Titanic’s ill-fate.
67. The Return to Great Britain:
The 172 survivors sailed back to their home i.e. Britain in RMS Lapland. Belfast was the RMS Lapland’s destination dockyard, it is the same dockyard where Titanic was built in all its glory. Hundreds of people including men, women and children were gathered at the shipyard to welcome their loved ones.
The number of people waiting at the Belfast shipyard was less as compared to the people who were gathered around to welcome RMS Carpathia. This can be due to the reason that RMS Carpathia’s crew astounded the earthlings by their courageous act or the tension in the world must have dilated down a bit by the time the survivors reached home. See the next page regarding Titanic’s ill-fate.
68. The Inquiry:
Titanic’s devastation brought in a tidal wave of emotions i.e. while one part of the world was indulged in profound sadness and sorrows the other part of the world was fuming with anger. The vexing part is most probably the Britain where people started interrogating the White Liners and bombarded them with a zillion questions as to why Titanic sunk. Or why it was accelerating at a faster pace? Or why there was an insufficiency of lifeboats on the ship? Hence all sorts of questions were thrown at them. The company was called in by the inquiry committee before the survivors docked in New York.
After hours of cross-examination, the committee concluded the session and stated that there were insufficient lifeboats present on the ship and that the crew was unskilled to not take the warnings related to the iceberg seriously.
69. The Wait outside the Courthouse
The White Star Line had to pay out a total of $664,000 to the survivors for what they had gone through. Each survivor received about $950 at that time which in today’s value would be around $22000. In this picture the survivors and the crew members can be seen waiting outside a courtroom waiting for the decision about the compensation. No amount of money can compensate the trauma they all went through however some of the people lost everything on that ship so it is still reassuring that the survivors got something to get back on their feet.
70. The Lost Children of Titanic
The most tragic story concerning the sinking of the Titanic is shown in the picture above. The two boys called Edmond and Michael went on board the Titanic with their father. When the tragedy struck, their father heroically sacrificed his life and put his two sons on the lifeboat. They belonged to a second-class passenger list, and that is why this was even more significant. What’s even sadder is the fact that out of the 126 children that were present on the ship, only 60 survived, and them being mostly the first-class children. The rest were lost to the sea.
71. The Discovery of the Unsinkable Ship at the Bottom of the Ocean
Since the sinking of the RMS Titanic, there have been numerous searched based on finding out the ruins of titanic and also seeing what may have caused it to sink. There have been attempts, but the one that became successful was the one done by Robert Ballard in 1985. Due to his attempts, he introduced another invention to the world of deep-sea researches called the Argo, which is a camera that can go to impressive depth and capture what it sees on video. The picture above is a sample from Argo.
72. Honeymooning on the Ill-Fated Titanic
The RMS Titanic was one of the biggest ships of its time and was considered a miracle in itself. It was a trip of a lifetime for many who were bound to travel on it, and that is what a lot of people dreamed of. They wanted to be a part of history. Amongst them were the newly-married couple Mr and Mrs George A. Harder. This trip was going to be the beginning of their beautiful marriage but instead ended with disaster. The woman survived, but her husband didn’t. In the picture above, they are seen sitting on the Titanic on the first day.
73. Making of the Titanic
Now that you know so much about what had happened to the unsinkable ship, what is important is to also know the way it was built. In the picture above, one amongst the many, you can see the Titanic being constructed and erected. The Titanic was considered to be the biggest ships to ever be made, and that is why a slipway was built so that they could easily move the ship from one place to another. Thousands of workers worked endlessly on the ship that was supposed to set sail on a voyage that was going to capture the attention of the world.
74. Stern and Rudder: Equipment’s That Helped Move the Titanic
Now, though ships these days are very different in the way they move, the rudder and the stern were the main ways through which the entire ship moved within the water. The rudder is a vertical blade that is usually found on the stern of the ship, which helps it move fast or slow depending on the speed you want. As shown in the picture provided to you above, the rudder can be seen attached to the stern, and the easy way in which it can be moved helps the ship stay on track.
75. Moment before the Greatest Voyage
This is a picture that is iconic in a lot of ways. This is the moment the Titanic docked on the shores to pick up passengers and take them to the Promised Land. The ship stood out amongst the many that were already docked, simply because of its size and its magnitude. Along with all this, the entire process of docking was a historical process. It required a lot of work to move the ship from land to water. It took roundabout 62 seconds along with an ample amount of soap, lubricants and other various products.
76. Sailing Out Towards History
This is a picture that is something of a masterpiece. The Titanic set sail from the port of Belfast toward America, The Promised Land with a hope for a brighter and more beautiful future. The big ship needed five small vessels that helped the ship move from the docks to the open Atlantic Ocean. The picture that you see above is from a test run of the ship, where they tested the ship to see how it sails and how it functions. This is a common practice to see if the ship that is meant to take the trip is solid enough to go through the journey.
77. The Crew That Went Down with the Titanic
There were round about 700 crew members on the titanic, from engineers to officers, all with various degrees of expertise and talent. If you look closely at the photo above, you will see a man with a white beard who was the Captain of the ship. He was in charge of the Titanic and the trip, and it is rumoured that this was his last voyage before he was going to retire. Unfortunately, he never made it out of the disaster alive along with the other engineers and officers in the picture also did not survive.
78. The Captain Who Went Down with His Ship
Edward John Smith. The name that has managed to create a legacy of heroism and bravery. He truly wanted to help his passengers and make sure that everyone was safe, though that was not possible. According to some accounts, his last moments were courageous and heroic. Though a lot of people blamed him for the crashing into the iceberg because he sped the ship, he was later wholly exonerated posthumously and was cleared of all charges. The saying goes that the captain never abandons his ship was a true saying, and he went down with her.
79. The Blame That Fell on the Captain
When the trial of the sinking of Titanic took place, a lot of the survivors took the stand and wrote letters. One such letter is mentioned above, where the majority of them stated that they blame the captain for the crash. Why did they blame the captain? Simply because they claim they saw him drinking heavily right before the crash. That letter and many other testimonies were taken into account when trying to determine who was responsible for the disaster. All in all, it was later found out that that was not the case and that the captain did everything in his power to avoid the crash.
80. The Iceberg That Sunk the Unsinkable Ship
In the entire commotion of who did what and what should have been done by the captain or the chief engineer that could have avoided the crash, the one certain thing was that the iceberg was to blame. Though in actuality, the iceberg had been there for a long time, and it was up to the ship to figure out how to avoid the iceberg. When the ship came close to the iceberg, the iceberg punctured into the Titanic and punctured five of the watertight rooms that were keeping the ship afloat. The picture above is of the said iceberg.
81. The Most Expensive Deck: Promenade Deck
Coming towards the rooms that were the most expensive ones on the entire ship, the Promenade Deck was the one just below the top deck. The cabins on the deck cost around $4,000, which now, would be roughly about $100,000 and was specially made for those who were even above the first-class passengers. This was a secluded spot, and not many people were allowed to be on this deck. With tight security and influential residents living here there was tight security with constant parole that helped provide the passengers with safety and security.
82. Single, Affluent and First-Class Cabin
Now, the concept that all the first-class cabins were dual and for a family was also wrong. There were around 350 cabins that were single bed cabins and housed wealthy single passengers. The entire cabin was beautifully decorated with beautiful furniture, bedding and setting. There was ample room inside the suite. An attached and private bathroom was available for them to use at their behest. Some of these single cabins also had wardrobes and were designed in a way that gave them enough room to live comfortably. Fortunately for them, they were also the first ones on the lifeboats after the women and children.
83. Cruising Through the Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic Ocean is a vast sea with no land in sight for miles. This miracle of a ship called the titanic sailed through the ocean with extreme majesty and grace. With around 6,000 tonnes of coal on board, it was set to sail for an extended period travelling from the port of Belfast to the port of New York. By using around 690 tonnes a day this ship powered through. The labourers and crew members worked 24/7 to make sure that the ship was moving at a steady pace. They were the reason why the Titanic went as far as it did.
84. The Communication Room Where the Distress Signal Was Sent
Every ship has a communications room where the officers inside can easily communicate with nearby port authorities and receive accurate information. In 1912, there was no concept of radio communication, so everything was done through Morse code which now looking back at it could have been the reason for the delay in the rescue operations. The employees within the Marconi communication room were members of the company and not actual officers of the Titanic. Unfortunately, they did not survive the disaster as they were trying to communicate with other port authorities for help.
85. The Lifeboats That Saved a Few
The Titanic, just like any other ship, had a stock of lifeboats on itself. Around 20 lifeboats were available on the Titanic with the capacity to hold around 1,200 people max. This meant that they could have easily saved everyone on board the Titanic. What happened was a lot different than what was suspected. Though the number of lifeboats was a lot, the crew could not lower it down in time to save everyone. Plus, the first-class people, along with women and children, were given privileges. Due to this, a lot of space was left in the lifeboats that could have been filled with people.
86. The Survivors on the Deck of Carpathia
Once the Titanic started sinking, many passengers jumped ship. Those who were on the lifeboats had drifted farther away, and out of all the lifeboats, only one came back for the survivors. All in all, once the disaster had struck, the passengers in the lifeboats were stranded in the cold winds of the Atlantic Ocean. Hypothermia was a genuine concern as most of the passengers were drenched in the cold water. That is where the rescue ship called the Carpathia came and helped save those survivors. The picture shows survivors huddled together in shock.
87. The Lifeboats That Saved Some
There were many lifeboats on the Titanic, and in theory, they should have been enough to save everyone on the ship. The problem came when the crew decided that the lines that would bring down the lifeboats would not be able to handle the lifeboats in full strength. That is why they filled them with less than half the passengers. They filled some with only 12 people while some were filled half of the 65-person limit. This caused a lot of panic, and the majority of people that got saved were children, women and the passengers of the first class. This picture is a stark reminder of that terrible time.
88. Being Rescued by the Carpathia
When the titanic sank, the ship nearby called the Carpathia was informed of the terrible incident. They changed their course and headed to save the survivors. This is the picture that shows the passengers of the ill-fated Titanic being rescued by Carpathia, a passenger on board took this picture. Sadly, by the time Carpathia came to the rescue, only 700 people managed to survive, and they were then brought on board. They were then provided with warm blankets and something good to eat because they had been wandering in the ocean for around 2 hours.
89. Empty Lifeboats and Empty Hearts
This is a picture that haunts the researchers and the historians who have studied the incident of Titanic. This is the picture that is shown when trying to explain how all the passengers on board the Titanic, all 2,500 of them could have been saved had the lifeboats been filled to their full capacity. For two hours these lifeboats floated aimlessly near the sunken ship and were then picked up by a nearby ship that came for the rescue. Had class not played a part, more passengers would have been alive. It all goes without saying that when it comes to disasters, saving every life should be a priority.
#90. Reaching Safety on the Pier
As we already know, the lifeboats barely had any passengers on. They were in the water for a long time before help arrived, and they were led to safety. It didn’t take too long to empty the lifeboats as the number of people was sparse.
The picture above is when the lifeboat came to Pier 54 in New York City, and the passengers were escorted out. An interesting fact about Pier 54 is that it belonged to the builders of the Titanic, White Star Lines. It was the company’s gracious act of helping people they put in danger in the first place.
#91. The Unscathed Iceberg
We can’t compete with nature. It is too powerful for us to handle. Did you ever think about what happened to the iceberg that the Titanic crashed in? It remained unscathed. The Titanic was no match for the iceberg, and while many people died, the iceberg remained in its place.
There were only a few black lines left on the iceberg because of the paint of the Titanic. Many people have also theorized that if the Titanic crashed headfirst, it might not have sunk. It only sunk because it crashed from the sides. Of course, we don’t know this for sure.
#92. The Curious Case of the Grand Staircase
So much effort was put into the making of the Titanic that, in the end, it was an appalling sight to see it sink. Everything was left in pieces, and everything sunk. Nothing remains now of what was once a magnificent beauty.
However, photographs of the Grand Staircase still exist even after the Titanic was destroyed. Of course, not much was left of it, just like everything else on the ship. During the making of the Titanic, the replica of the staircase broke and floated away. People speculate that the same thing would have happened to the actual Grand Staircase.
#93. Ballard and the Boiler
No one dared to explore the underwater area where the Titanic sank for many years. However, Robert Ballard was on an expedition in 1985, and he discovered the first part of the Titanic during this expedition. It was a vast boiler, just sitting on the ocean floor.
Ballard couldn’t believe what he had just witnessed. He saw pictures of the Titanic and then compared it with the boiler that he had seen to check if it was from the ship. Ballard was curious to know more. He retook his underwater camera the next day and encountered something else too.
#94. What Was Left Of the Stern?
When Ballard took his underwater camera to explore more, he encountered what was left of the Titanic stern. Before Ballard’s expedition, no one believed that the Titanic’s hull could break into two parts. It was unfathomable by scientists and the general public alike.
However, Ballard’s expedition revealed that the hull did break into two when it hit the iceberg. Scientists and everyone else was proven wrong once these pictures were shown. They could not believe that a ship of such power could be so fragile. It was an alarming discovery that shook everyone.
#95. The Intact Tub of Captain Smith
The Titanic was a symbol of luxury. It had many features inside that were grand and magnificent. However, the person that had the most luxurious accommodation of all was Captain Smith. He was a first-class passenger, and he was treated that way too.
Of course, many of the luxurious features were never found. One luxurious item that was discovered was the bathtub of Captain Smith. It was intact from everywhere and did not break or rot inside the sea. As you can see from the picture, the tub was intact but filled with barnacles as they made it their abode.
#96. A Massive Project
The Great Gantry slipway was used to build the Titanic. The massive project took place there, and more than eleven-thousand workers were required to complete it. The slipway was situated at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard.
Such a project required so many workers, and as you can see, the shipyard was sprawling with people. Many people also stopped to see how the Titanic was being built. After all, it was the talk of the world at that time, and everyone wanted a glimpse. No technological advancement at that time had created such a colossal buzz.
#97. 1 Out Of 3 Anchors
A vast ship does not have one anchor. It has many so that it can be firmly placed and the boat can stay in one place. Have you ever wondered the number of anchors the Titanic had? The magnificent beast had three anchors that were used to keep it in place.
However, once the ship was wrecked and the wreckage was discovered, one out of the three anchors was found inside the Titanic compartment. The anchors were incredibly heavy as each of them weighed almost ten tonnes. Understandably, such a vast ship needs heavy anchors.
#98. Inspiration of Jack Dawson
The Titanic movie had a character named Jack Dawson. Many wondered who he was inspired by and what his role was. It is said that this character was inspired by a man named Emilio Portaluppi. He was a passenger on the Titanic, and he boarded the ship with a second-class ticket.
He wasn’t supposed to board the Titanic as he was supposed to be on another ship altogether at the time. However, he was invited to board the Titanic by the influential Astor family. Many speculate that he accepted the invitation because he liked Madeleine Astor.
#99. Inspiration for Rose
One can’t talk about the Titanic without mentioning Jack and Rose. Their characters were brilliant, and everyone fell in love with the movie because of them. While Emilio Portaluppi inspired Jack’s character, Rose’s character was inspired by Madeleine Astor. She was the wife of a wealthy businessman named John Jacob Astor IV.
People believed that she was the inspiration behind Rose’s character, but in reality, no one knows if she even had an affair with Emilio at that time. The writers took the liberty of exaggerating the characters and twisting them for a dramatic effect.
#100. Madeleine’s Husband
John Astor and Madeleine boarded the Titanic because of a specific reason. Madeleine was pregnant at the time, and she insisted on giving birth to her child in the United States. So, John respected her wishes, and both of them set sail on the Titanic in the hope of a bright future for their kid.
Of course, we all know the journey didn’t go as planned. John was from a wealthy and influential family, and he was the richest person on the Titanic. Unfortunately, he passed away during the shipwreck as well.
#101. Stories in the Media
Media caught on to the news of the Titanic immediately. All the newspapers covered the story and mentioned different aspects of the wreckage and the people on board. In one of the names of disappeared people, the name of Astor was also mentioned.
During the 1900s, John Astor was the richest man alive. At that time, his net worth was close to $90 million. In today’s world, his net worth would be around $2 billion. That is nothing compared to the other wealthiest people we have. He would not have even made it in the top ten list of the wealthiest people alive.
#102. Return Mission
Even after discovering the wreckage for the first time, many people returned to explore the site again. Even the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) returned to the site and took the most fantastic picture of the Titanic’s bow.
The aim of NOAA at that time was to study how the ship has deteriorated over time in the sea. They returned after twenty years so they could understand the full picture of the deterioration. During this time, they took an excellent shot that you can see above.
#103. First-Class Passengers
The Titanic did not just sell or give out first-class tickets. They reserved these for the most influential and wealthiest families of that time. After all, selling them openly would have killed the purpose of luxury that they aimed to cater to. The list included the wealthiest families, several high ranking crew members, and a few affluent families.
There weren’t many wealthy families on the ship. The first-class space was mostly occupied by the Allison and Astor families. However, they also made it a point that their maids and servants be given first-class as well.
#104. Survivors and Their Families
The shipwreck was the most heart-breaking event of the time. Many people did not return to their families. The families of the dead and missing people did not get to say a proper goodbye to their loved ones. Of course, many people made it back as well.
Everyone knew the survivors were to arrive on Pier 54. So, the families that awaited their members’ return went to the pier and stood there in hopes their loved ones would show up. In these photos, the people smiling are the ones that got to meet their loved ones again. They were the lucky ones.