My collection of Titanic images from around the Web
These are in no particular order. I add them to the top as I find them.
As high as an eleven story building and nearly four city blocks long, the Titanic was one of the largest and most magnificent ships in the world (photographed in 1912). Source
April 10, 1912: Titanic preparing for her maiden voyage. Captain Smith can be seen looking out from the bridge.
Titanic at the fitters quay with the three working funnels installed. The fourth funnel on the Olympic class
ships was a dummy intended to make the ship look more impressive and safer to the public. The public
feeling was that the more funnels a ship had the safer it was. Also, since Cunard's newest ships, Mauretania and Lusitania, had four funnels it was thought that White Star ships should not have less.
Davit pile: Titanic's lifeboats were hoisted overboard by davits, or small cranes. Most were ranked off the deck by flailing funnel cables. These two were entangled by ropes left dangling after a boat was launched. (Copyright 2012 RMS TITANIC, INC; Produced by AIVL, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Aft grand staircase dome: Decorated like the forward grand staircase dome featured in the movie Titanic, the aft grand staircase led down to the deluxe a la carte restaurant, allowing patrons to arrive in style. (Copyright 2012 RMS TITANIC, INC; Produced by AIVL, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
A space heater barely survived Titanic's sinking, especially designed for use in Titanic's best suites, lies out of place where third-class passengers took the sea air and exercise.
One of the propellers
This radio message reads "We are sinking fast, passengers being put into boats."
One of the engine telegraphs, placed on the bridge of the Titanic, told the engine room how fast the captain wanted to go.
Titanic at Southampton docks, prior to departure.
Second class passenger loading
At her launch May 31, 1911. Unfinished superstructure.
Fitting out, 1911-1912
Construction in gantry, 1909–11
Titanic (right) after the near-collision with New York (left, together with Oceanic at the far left)
Different angle of the near collision
Titanic in Cork harbour, April 11, 1912
Display ad for Titanic's first, but never made sailing from New York on April 20, 1912
RMS Titanic leaving Belfast for her sea trials on April 2, 1912
Titanic was 882 feet 9 inches long with a maximum breadth of 92 feet 6 inches . Her total height, measured from the base of the keel to the top of the bridge, was 104 feet. She measured 46,328 tons, and with a draught of 34 feet 7 inches, she displaced 52,310 tons.
La Circassienne au Bain was the most highly valued item of the cargo lost on the Titanic
According to the claims for compensation filed with Commissioner Gilchrist, following the conclusion of the Senate Inquiry, the single most highly valued item of luggage or cargo was a large neoclassical oil painting entitled La Circassienne au Bain by French artist Merry-Joseph Blondel. The painting's owner, first class passenger Mauritz Håkan Björnström-Steffansson, filed a claim for $100,000 ($2.4 million equivalent in 2014) in compensation for the loss of the artwork.
Partially flooded with ice-cold seawater, the Titanic's Collapsible Boat D approaches RMS Carpathia at 7:15 am. on April 15,1912.
Titanic's wooden lifeboats in New York Harbor following the disaster. This particular image has been doctoredto add the words "R.M.S. Titanic". In fact the lifeboats bore the name "S.S. Titanic" on a plaque mounted at the other end of the boat.
Collapsible Boat B, found adrift by the ship Mackay-Bennett during its mission to recover the bodies of those who died in the disaster
The Titanic Collapsible Boat A, on May 13, 1912.
Titanic lifeboats strewn on the deck of the Carpathia on the morning of the Titanic disaster.
Wireless operator Harold Bride being helped off the Carpathia.
This was the door First Class passengers would have gone through to board Titanic for Her maiden voyage.
Dorothy Gibson in a promotional photo for Saved From the Titanic (1912), wearing the clothes she wore the night of the sinking. Dorothy Gibson's most famous screen role was that of herself in Saved From the Titanic (1912), based on her experiences in the legendary disaster, released a month after the sinking, was the first of many films about the event. The Titanic is the best known aspect of Dorothy's life. After a six-week vacation in Italy with her mother, she was returning on the Titanic to make a new series of pictures for Eclair at Fort Lee. The women had been playing bridge with friends in the lounge on the night of the ship's fatal collision with the iceberg. With two of their game partners they escaped in Lifeboat #7, the first lifeboat launched. After arriving in New York on the rescue ship Carpathia, Dorothy was persuaded by her manager to appear in a film based on the sinking. She not only starred in the one-reel drama but also wrote the scenario. She even appeared in the same clothing she had worn aboard the Titanic that night—a white silk evening dress topped with a cardigan and polo coat. Although Saved From the Titanic was a tremendous success in America, Britain, and France, the only known prints were destroyed in a 1914 fire at the Eclair Studios in New Jersey. The loss of the motion picture is considered by film historians to be one of the greatest of the silent era. Dorothy Gibson's other accomplishments in early cinema included starring in one of the first feature films made in the United States (Hands Across the Sea, 1911), co-starring in the first American-produced serial or chapter play (The Revenge of the Silk Masks, 1912), and making one of the first-ever public appearances by a movie personality (January 1912).
Isidor and Ida Straus, who refused to board a lifeboat while there were younger people still waiting to board. Ida Straus, wife of New York merchant Isidor Straus, was asked to join a group of people preparing to board but refused, saying, "I will not be separated from my husband. As we have lived, so will we die – together." The 67-year-old Isidor likewise refused an offer to board on account of his age, saying: "I do not wish any distinction in my favor which is not granted to others." They were last seen alive on deck arm in arm.
London newsboy Ned Parfett with news of the disaster.
The same happened in London in front of the White Star offices.
Pocket watch retrieved from an unknown victim of the disaster, stopped showing a time of 2:28
Colonel Archibald Gracie, one of the survivors who made it to collapsible lifeboat B. He never recovered from his ordeal and died eight months after the sinking.
Edward John Smith, 27 January 1850 – 15 April 1912) was a British Merchant Navy officer. He served as master of numerous White Star Line vessels. Captain Smith was an experienced seaman who had served for 40 years at sea, including 27 years in command. This was the first real crisis of his career, and he most certainly would have known that even if all the boats were fully occupied, more than a thousand people would remain on the ship as she went down with little or no chance of survival. As Smith began to grasp the enormity of what was about to happen, he appeared to have become paralyzed by indecision. He had ordered passengers and crew to muster, but from that point onward, he failed to order his officers to put the passengers into the lifeboats; he did not adequately organize the crew; he failed to convey crucial information to his officers and crew; he sometimes gave ambiguous or impractical orders and he never gave the command to abandon ship. Even some of his bridge officers were unaware for some time after the collision that the ship was sinking; Fourth Officer Joseph Boxhall did not find out until 01:15, barely an hour before the ship went down, while Quartermaster George Rowe was so unaware of the emergency that after the evacuation had started, he phoned the bridge from his watch station to ask why he had just seen a lifeboat go past. Smith did not inform his officers that the ship did not have enough lifeboats to save everyone. He did not supervise the loading of the lifeboats and seemingly made no effort to find out if his orders were being followed.
The iceberg thought to have been hit by Titanic, photographed on the morning of April 15, 1912.
The sinking of the world's most famous ship on April 15, 1912 . (Robert G. Lloyd, Marine Artist, England 2011, www.robertllyod.co.uk — Courtesy of Frank Trumbour)
This is a really good article written by Andrew Wilson from Smithsonian Magazine.
Bow of the RMS Titanic, photographed in 2004. The wreck is located 370 miles south-southeast of Newfoundland, North Atlantic Ocean. The wreck lies in two main pieces about a third of a mile apart. The bow is still largely recognizable, despite its deterioration and the damage it sustained hitting the sea floor, and has a great deal of preserved interiors. The stern is completely ruined due to sinking 12,000 feet and hitting the ocean floor, and is now only a heap of twisted metal, which may explain why it has barely been explored during expeditions to the Titanic wreck. A substantial section of the middle of the ship broke apart and is scattered in chunks across the sea bed. A debris field covering about 5 by 3 miles around the wreck contains hundreds of thousands of items spilled from the ship as she sank, ranging from passengers' personal effects to machinery, furniture, utensils and coal, as well as fragments of the ship herself. The bodies of the passengers and crew would have also been distributed across the debris field, but have since decomposed and been consumed by other organisms. Exploration of the wreckage found a pair of boots together on the sea floor where a passenger's body had lain.
The partly collapsed bathroom of Captain Edward Smith, with the bathtub now filled with rusticles. *Both above images and descriptions courtesy of Wikipedia*
More than two miles down, the ghostly bow of the Titanic emerges from the darkness on a dive by explorer and filmmaker James Cameron in 2001. The ship might have survived a head-on collision with an iceberg, but a sideswipe across her starboard side pierced too many of her watertight compartments. PHOTOGRAPH BY WALDEN MEDIA
This porthole is among more than 5,500 objects retrieved from the ocean floor around the wreck of the Titanic. Steel hull plates flexed on impact with the seabed, popping out the rigid portholes PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK THIESSEN, NGM STAFF ALL ARTIFACTS COURTESY RMS TITANIC, INC.
A gentleman’s pocket watch in a sterling silver case may have been set to New York time in anticipation of a safe arrival. PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK THIESSEN, NGM STAFF ALL ARTIFACTS COURTESY RMS TITANIC, INC.
A hat of felted rabbit fur likely belonged to a businessman. In an era when dress defined the man, the bowler marked the professional class. PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK THIESSEN, NGM STAFF ALL ARTIFACTS COURTESY RMS TITANIC, INC.