The Titanic Today

The RMS Titanic was built by the White Star Lines and was billed as the “unsinkable” passenger ship.  The Titanic, however, met its fate on April 15, 1915 when it sank to the bottom of the sea.

01 - We all know the infamous tale of the White Star Line vessel

The crew was headed by Captain Edward Smith.  At the time Smith’s monthly salary was today’s equivalent of about $15,00 a month.

02 - Titanic was commanded by these men

The Titanic struck an Iceburg at about 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1915.  The crew estimated she would sink in an hour.

03 - On April 14th at 1140 PM Titanic struck an iceberg

The Titanic instead stayed afloat for almost three hours before she finally broke up and sank to the bottom of the ocean.

04 - Around 220 AM Titanic lost her fight against the North Atlantic and broke up and sank with over 1500 people aboard her

About 1,500 people died, going down with the ship to the bottom of the ocean or drowning.  About 700 managed to make it to lifeboats to survive the ordeal.

Before the ship was discovered in 1985, many believed that the ship did not break up.  In fact, the official investigation into the sinking “disbelieved” the eye witness accounts of survivors who claimed the ship broke up before it sank.  Here is what we thought the ship looked like before it was located in 1985:

05 - Today she rests two and a half miles below the surface of the North Atlantic 06 - This is what we thought she039d look like before she was discovered in 1985 by Robert Ballard

After the Titanic was discovered in 1985 on the ocean floor, researchers learned that she was being eaten alive by microbes hungry for the iron in her hull.  Here is her hull today:

07 - Today she sadly rusts away due to microbes eating the iron in her hull These things cover the ship and are known as 039rusticles039

The Titanic’s stern today:08 - Titanic039s stern today

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Here is a picture of one of the Titanic’s lifeboat davits (where the lifeboats hung):

10 - A lifeboat davit beginning to fall off the ship

One of her large anchors:

11 - One of Titanic039s large anchors on her side

Her propeller jammed into the mud upon impact with the ocean floor.

12 - One of Titanic039s propellers forced up out of the mud on impact with the bottom

A boiler that fell out of the ship when it broke up:

13 - One of Titanic039s boilers that fell out when the ship broke up

The head of a porcelain doll:

14 - The head of a porcelain doll

The Captain’s bathtub:

15 - Captain039s Smith039s bathtub seen through a collapsing wall in his cabin

Shoes are strewn about all over the wreck site.  These are unofficial tombstones.  When the bodies of victims sank to the bottom of the sea, they were eventually eaten up by sea life.  But nothing would eat their leather shoes, so the shoes stay in the same position where the bodies fell marking the site where hundreds met their fate.

16 - A pair of shoes

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