Photos of the Titanic Aftermath Are Incredible
Photos| | By Lauren Boudreau
Were people surprised when the Titanic sunk? Yes. Should they have been? No.
The supposedly unsinkable ship sank in its entirety about three hours after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on April 14, 1912. Later, Frederick Fleet, the lookout who initially spotted the iceberg, would say that if he had been issued binoculars, he would have been able to spot the iceberg in advance.
It’s been exactly 104 years since the sinking and the RMS Titanic is still as infamous as ever.
There’s the famous Lifeboat #1, which left the ship with only 28 men on board despite being designed to hold 65.
Then there’s American business man Benjamin Guggenheim and his valet, who, when realizing they would not be rescued, were last seen heading to the grand staircase, doors closing behind them. Guggenheim was quoted saying, “We’ve dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen.”
The ship’s designer, Thomas Andrews, was last seen staring blankly at a painting in the first class smoking room.
Bruce Ismay, the White Star’s managing director, would never live down criticism after being the highest ranking official to survive the sinking.
Of the ships 2,224 passengers, only about 700 survived.
The stories are plentiful and certainly interesting, but what’s equally as interesting are the stories depicting what happened afterward. From the lifeboats, to the iceberg, to the people waiting anxiously back in England for the survivors to arrive – these photos are everything you may have never heard about the Titanic.