15th April 1912: RMS Titanic Sank (Video)

When the Titanic hit the iceberg, near midnight on the 14 April, about 2 hrs and 40 minutes later the sinking of the ship increased, the forward deck went underwater, once the propellers were exposed the ship split apart due to the immense strain on the keel.

Titanic’s First Class stateroom B58, decorated in the Louis XVI style. This room was occupied by Canadian passengers Hlne Baxter and her daughter, Mary Hlne Douglas; both women survived. Picture: Titanic in Photographs via the Courier Mail picture gallery

The gymnasium on board the Titanic. TW McCawley who was the ‘physical educator or trainer’ on board (on the rowing machine) and Harland & Wolffe electrician William Parr (on a mechanical camel) both perished in the sinking. Picture: Fr Browne SJ Collection / Universal Images Group / Snappermedia via Courier Mail picture gallery

See more of the original Titanic photos at the Courier Mail picture gallery.

Those aboard Titanic were ill-prepared for such an emergency. The ship’s lifeboats had only enough space to carry about half of those on board; if the ship had carried her full complement, only about a third could have been accommodated in the lifeboats. The crew had not been trained adequately in carrying out an evacuation. The officers did not know how many they could safely put aboard the lifeboats and launched many of them barely half-full. Third-class passengers were largely left to fend for themselves, causing many of them to become trapped below decks as the ship filled with water. A “women and children first” protocol was generally followed for the loading of the lifeboats.

Original telegrams trying to identify victims, the telegram above describes the youngest victim which was a 2 year old boy. via ABC News

See more of the telegrams at ABC News.

The first news of the sinking came in the form of wireless transmissions, rockets and lamp signals sent out by the stricken ocean liner and picked up by nearby vessels. A nearby ship, the Californian, which was the last to have been in contact with her before the collision, saw her flares but failed to assist. Around 4 am, RMS Carpathia arrived on the scene in response to Titanic’s earlier distress calls. 710 people survived the disaster and were conveyed by Carpathia to New York, Titanic’s original destination, while 1,517 people lost their lives.

New York Herald front page about the Titanic d...

New York Herald front page about the Titanic disaster. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Front page news, New York Times: April 16 1912 (ABC News)

Front page news, Washington Post: April 17 1912. (ABC News)

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58 Responses to 15th April 1912: RMS Titanic Sank (Video)

  1. This is a great post–such good information pulled together. I found the series of photos especially interesting. Thanks so much.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Naomi,
      The original photos are unbelievable, all the beautiful woodwork that was done for this ship is just astonishing, you certainly don’t see a lot of this type of work today.

  2. Doraz says:

    Wow, the workmanship is just so perfect. It is so sad when things get ruined. I wish things in this world would be around forever. 🙂 I believe what may be ugly to someone may be beautiful to another. 🙂 Have a great week.

  3. Thanks Mags! Enjoyed seeing/reading some new info on the Titanic.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Travel Spirit,
      I’m glad you were able to see something new, so many posts on this at the moment, I just tried to do something a bit different.

  4. niasunset says:

    Great post dear Mags, and so beautiful too… Thank you, you are so nice. With my love, nia

  5. aFrankAngle says:

    Thanks for getting this together on this day – plus sharing things I didn’t realize.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Frank,
      There seems to be a lot more information coming out about the Titanic for this 100 year anniversary, I myself was very surprised about the telegrams, I didn’t know that they had been kept.

  6. reb says:

    Fabulous post, Mags … very interesting stuff …to see that underwater footage too. It was a very tragic accident.

  7. Windsmoke. says:

    Watched a documentary as to why the Titanic sunk a few years ago and their were two reasons 1). The steel used in the construction was to brittle. 2). Each compartment had a gap in the walls near the ceiling which allowed water to flood each compartment thus making it easier to sink. :-(.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Windsmoke,
      There was a lot of things that went wrong on that fateful night, and because of what happened on the Titanic a lot of things changed in the shipping industry, a new lot of safety regulations come out, and of course since then even more.

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  9. The opulence of the first class staterooms is mind-boggling – the crystal chandelier to the fine furniture. I wonder what a stateroom like that cost in the day? I’ve been to the traveling Titanic exhibit, where upon entering you are given a playing card with a person’s name on it. You follow their journey and only at the end of the exhibit do you find out of your person lived or perished. A tad creepy. The exhibit also had alot of personal memorabilia brought up from the bottom of the sea. Part of me didn’t like seeing things that I knew once belonged to someone having a fine time, who met their end so tragically. The other side me me was fascinated by how intact so many things were, staying in cold water is like preserving. The Titanic is a fascination that will never go away. Thanks for an excellent post gathering it all in one place for us.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi EOSR,
      I would of loved to have been able to see the items bought up from the Titanic, I of course have seen them on TV, and how they are preserving different items such as clothing, bags etc. all very itneresting to watch, but I woul love to actually see it for myself.
      Even though the photos are in black and white, you can very easily see the opulence that was actually all through the Titanic, especially the ballroom, staterooms etc. just amazing.

      I found this in Wikipedia concerning costs:
      Fares aboard Titanic varied enormously in cost. Third Class fares from London, Southampton or Queenstown cost £7 5s (equivalent to £532 today) while the cheapest First Class fares cost £23 (£1,688 today). The most expensive First Class suites were to have cost up to £870 in high season (£63,837 today).
      Wikipedia Titanic

  10. jmgoyder says:

    So poignant – wonderful post and information!

  11. I am fascinated with the Titanic. Your pictures and clip are wonderful. I looked up the menu today just to see what was being served; oyster, squab, french ice cream. If it wasn’t so expensive, I think I’d have a Titanic dinner party.

  12. Hi Mags! I’ve always loved learning about Titanic and its history. I went to a Titanic exhibition a long time ago probably when I was in 6th grade. Ever since I just became more interested in learning more things about it. It’s so sad to think this beautiful ship had such a tragic ending. The film came out again in 3D here in the States. I really like the movie too, especially the soundtrack!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Any Lucky Penny,
      Yes I saw the movie advertised in 3D, it would definitely be worth seeing again. I can’t say I have seen a bad 3D movie yet, they are fantastic to watch on the big screen.

  13. dearrosie says:

    The telegram describing the two year old little boy really upset me “No marks whatsover. Probably 3rd class. Unable to identify.” Imagine the task of trying to identify the bodies. Oh my lord.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi dearrosie,
      The telegrams are unreal, it must of been so hard for those guys trying to work out who these poor people were, no easy task. These guys I’m sure had nightmares about this, just terrible.

  14. Linda Vernon says:

    So interesting! A person could have a blog dedicated just to the Titanic! The guy rowing in the exercise room is some sad irony. Excellent post, Mags!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Linda,
      Yes that also surprised me as well when I saw the blog.
      It certainly is, can you imagine the Lady that took that photograph, and getting those photos printed back then, it must of been very hard, she of course was one of the survivors, they really are a beautiful set of photos.

  15. Hi Mags this has to be one of your most interesting posts…
    those images you posted here and in that link are just amazing and every time i read or hear more it really amazes me how richly it was decorated ..look at that room my goodness that must have beeen expensive….and yet not enough life boats …..
    Equipped to live expensively yet not prepared to save it when a time comes…and in a way it reminds me we ( all of us ) are living in Titanic too
    great post Mags
    Hugs n love 🙂

  16. Barb says:

    Thanks for posting this. This tragedy echoes through the years.

  17. A wonderfully informative and moving post – thank you so much. I managed to watch the BBC’s commemorative programme this weekend. Only 48% of all children were apparently saved, what a sad statistic, suggesting the majority of children were 3rd class passengers who were just left to die so the rich could travel in the life boats.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi mariathermann,
      It certainly was different times back then. There are a few good documentary’s on the Titanic at the moment, each one I watch I learn a little bit more.

  18. malc50 says:

    Thanks for sharing this post, Mags. Best Wishes, Mal.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Mal,
      So much information is coming out about the Titanic in the last month or so, it is just incredible. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  19. hotlyspiced says:

    It’s hard to think of a more tragic event during peace times. There are so many things that could have been done to avoid collision and then after the collision, there are so many things that could have been done to lessen the amount of lives lost. It was like one tragedy compounding on another over and over until the worst possible scenario became the end result xx

  20. susielindau says:

    I watched a program this weekend about James Cameron. He was almost giddy down there under the oceans depths….

  21. starlaschat says:

    Such an interesting post Mags. I really enjoyed the video at the end as well. It’s hard to imagaine that was 100 years ago. I’m so glad they found the reckage not so long ago. Such a sad and tragic story. Nice that they honored the story and the surviving children of the famil members.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi starlaschat,
      I agree it is hard to imagine that 100 years have passed. So many lives lost, very sad for a lot of family’s, and it is good that they found her and a lot of the items from the ship are in a Museum, for all to remember this terrible tragedy.

  22. E.C. says:

    It was truly a tragic voyage. Great post with lots of interesting trivia and info. 🙂

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi E.C.
      It is hard to imagine what these poor people went through that night. I’m glad you saw something different about the Titanic, there are so many posts on this one, but each one I have read have all been different, everyone has seemed to got different bits of information.

  23. El Guapo says:

    Stunning video. And the power that tragedy has is still strong, all these years later…

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi El Guapo,
      I agree, you just have to look in the blogosphere to see all the different posts, people will never forget those that lost their lives on the Titanic.

  24. That was great my friend , well put together and extrmely informative
    Aussie Ian

  25. bronxboy55 says:

    It’s always so jarring to see objects in places where they’re not supposed to be. Almost any man-made thing resting on the ocean floor seems surreal. We’ll done, Mags, as usual.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi bronxboy55,
      I agree, it must be unreal to come across something so huge on the ocean floor. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be diving and come across a shipwreck that you didn’t know was there, surreal is a good word. Still because the Tictanic was so deep it did take a long time to find her.

  26. It’s mind-boggling and sobering thinking about how suddenly and unexpectedly such a large number of lives were swept away… Makes me think of the Indian Ocean tsunami, too. It’s good to be reminded now and then how fleeting and precious life can be. I bet some of those survivors would trade off all their wealth and material things for the life of their loved ones who drowned.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Barbara,
      We can only imagine the terror of that night, and everything being so dark as well would of made worse I feel. You are so right, I’m also sure the survivors would give anything to see their loved ones again.

  27. Fantastic! I not only watched the video you posted, but picked out several more from the ones that appeared when yours ended. It has an eerie quality to the entire event. It was great to watch. I am glad someone keeps doing these types of posts.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Scott,
      That’s great you liked the videos, it was a very surreal event, and I think it was great that they finally found the Titanic.
      Thank You very much for taking the time to comment.

  28. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    I can’t tell you thank you enough. This was UTTERLY riveting. The darkness of the depth of the ocean fascinates me, and little marine life cruising by. I wish they could haul the whole ship up, I do. It is just so amazing.

    Thank you for this post – the facts, and the video WOW.
    http://www.VodkaWasMyMuse.wordpress.com / http://www.WordsFallFromMyEyes.wordpress.com

  29. Lindy Lee says:

    Just call this follower, Land Lubber Lindy Lee. Tee! Hee! Another great post of great interest by Magsx2; Thank you…

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Lindy Lee,
      Isn’t it amazing what they have found in the Titanic, and it’s also good that a lot of it has gone in a museum for everybody to look at and admire.

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