RMS Titanic (right) and her sister RMS Olympic, 1912. This is the only photograph of the two White Star Line sisters together.
Before Construction Could start on Olympic and Titanic Harland & Wolf first had to build the largest gantry system in the world to build these ships. Olympic was built first and Titanic was started 3 months later, also below you can see the inside of the drafting dept. where all plans were laid out, note the huge sky lights above providing plenty of light this building is still standing but is abandoned. During construction on another site men hand- made the 20 life boats for Titanic, enough for 1,178 people. Originally she was supposed to have 32 boats.
Rare photo taken on board Mackay Bennett in 1912 will be auctioned off next month in Devizes, Wiltshire. [x]
The ship’s priest, Reverend Hind, is seen with body bags stacked on the windswept deck during funeral, records show that 166 of 306 bodies retrieved by Mackay Bennett were buried at sea.
Most of the victims dropped into the Atlantic were believed to have been chosen because they had no means of identification or were third-class passengers and therefore could not afford a funeral.
The Mackay Bennett spent five days retrieving bodies from the wreck site and had to request for a second vessel to join it because there were so many. This photo shows that the deck was pretty much full up with the victims.The Mackay Bennet was a Canadian cable laying ship and the owners of the Titanic, White Star Line, contracted it at a rate of £300 a day to recover the bodies.
It left Halifax, Nova Scotia, on April 17 and arrived at the wreck site on April 21.
The crew conducted burials at sea on the evenings of April 21, 22 and 23 and then of the afternoon of April 24, when it is thought the picture was taken.
In an account of the burials, Reverend Hind later wrote: ‘Anyone attending a burial at sea will most surely lose the common impression of the awfulness of a grave in the mighty deep, the wild Atlantic may rage and toss but far below in the calm untroubled depth they rest in peace.’
Titanic Sinks Four Hours After Hitting Iceberg
Survival Facts: If you were a third class passenger, your chance of survival was 25 percent
First class passengers had a 62 percent survival rate. Second class passengers had a 41 percent survival rate. The crew had a 24 percent survival rate.
Fun Fact: What happened to the iceberg?
Bonus: Images of the Titanic wreck made by stitching together hundreds of optical and sonar images collected by robots via Scientific American Woods Whole Oceanographic Institute, and National Geographic.
Image: April 16, 1912 edition of the New York Times.
A selection of screenshots from some tests we did of our interior models of Titanic in Unreal Engine 4. You can find these and more screenshots and other images on our website by clicking here.
The areas featured here are:
- The Forward Grand Staircase
- The A La Carte Restaurant
- First Class Stateroom B-59
- First Class Stateroom B-58
- The Plunge Bath
- The Working Crew Corridor or “Scotland Road”
- A Stewards’ Lavatory
Lighting conditions are based on figures for the brightness of bulbs on the real Titanic. They were much dimmer back then, and had a far warmer appearance, sometimes to the point of being rather gloomy.
As these were basic tests, material properties, lighting, and shadows are not representative of final work and may look very different in the final game.
RMS Olympic, dazzle painted during World War 1.
Dazzle painting was a scheme devised by a number of artists at the time, with the idea that it would break up the outline of the ship from a distance.
Source of photo, possibly Imperial War Museum.
April 18, 1912, 9:30 pm: the Carpathia docked in New York after a 3 day journey with the survivors of the Titanic. Around 40,000 people had gathered anxiously at Pier 54, where the Carpathia would dock, waiting for news. Before docking however, the Carpathia stopped at the White Star Line Pier to drop off the Titanic lifeboats she had picked up after the disaster.
Titanic’s “last letter” to be auctioned
On the afternoon of Sunday, April 14, 1912, survivor Esther Hart wrote the letter to her mother in Chadwell Heath, East London, but it was never sent. Hart’s husband, Benjamin, never had a chance to mail it. Esther found the letter in her husband’s jacket after she and her seven-year-old daughter, Eva, were rescued by the RMS Carpathia. Benjamin had given her the jacket to keep her warm when he put her in a lifeboat as the ship sank.
People gather anxiously around some survivor lists outside the White Star Line offices in Southampton shortly after the Titanic disaster.
Of Titanic’s entire crew, only 23 were female?
From Titanic’s crew of around 900, the 23 female crew members consisted of:
- 2 A La Carte Restaurant Cashiers
- 1 Matron
- 18 Stewardesses
- 2 Turkish Bath Stewardesses
Of the 23, Catherine Wallis, Lucy Snape, and Catherine Walsh were the only three to be lost in the sinking.
Additionally, the two cashiers were among only three out of Titanic’s 69 A La Carte Restaurant staff to survive. A few of the stewardesses who survived were originally turned away from the lifeboats by Second Officer Lightoller because they were crew, not passengers, but found their way into other boats. One of them was urged into a lifeboat by J. Bruce Ismay, who said “Never mind, you are a woman, take your place” after the stewardess had expressed surprise at being allowed in a lifeboat, saying “I am only a stewardess.”
Third-class dining saloon.
Later, the real story begins to come out - and hopes raised by shoddy journalism suggesting that everyone was saved are dashed.