Almost everyone knows the tragic story of the sinking of the largest “unsinkable” ship in the world. The legend of the RMS Titanic has lived in books, television and, of course, in James Cameron's favorite movie. The facts and history of the Titanic also live in photos on board the ship. Photography at the time was expensive and rare, but what better place to have a photographer than the world's first luxury liner?
From the first-class cabins suitable for a queen to a rare view of life in the boiler rooms, see tragic photos of what the Titanic looks like today, and then go back in time to see what life was like on board the RMS Titanic.
The Titanic we all know
The name Titanic came from Greek mythology and literally meant “gigantic”. This photo makes clear the size of the ship. The Titanic left on April 10, 1912, with over 2000 people on board.
The construction of the ship had been well publicized. The $ 7,500,000 price tag also helped to keep people talking about it. The size, technical innovations and impressive resources on board the transatlantic have made everyone in the world excited.
The discovery that aroused our curiosity
Unfortunately, the Titanic sank in 1912 after colliding with an iceberg. But it was only in the 1980s that people were able to successfully dive and explore the wreckage. This photo taken in the 90s shows a ship slowly deteriorating. It served as an inspiration for director James Cameron to produce the box office hit “Titanic.”
Shipwreck explorations stopped with the years, but in 2019, after 14 untouched years, divers returned to the Titanic to see if it was still intact.
Then see how the Titanic looks today and explore rare photos from that time!
New photos reveal how much the ship has sunk
At the end of August 2019, a team of international deep-sea explorers observed and documented the deterioration of the Titanic. The team conducted five organized dives in which they discovered a shocking rate of decay affecting the iconic ship.
In an interview with the BBC, Titanic Parks historian Stephenson said: “The captain's cabin is one of the favorite images of Titanic enthusiasts, and now it's gone. The deck house on that side is collapsing, taking the halls with it. And that deterioration will continue to advance. ”
Then, some memorable parts of the ship have already disappeared…
Returning to Nature
While many are saddened by the news that the ship is decaying at the bottom of the ocean, Titanic historian Parks Stephenson shows another vision: “The Titanic is returning to nature”. These stunning photos show what the ship looks like today, which is nothing compared to the appearance of their maiden voyage.
We all know the romantic story of Jack and Rose, but what was it really like to be on the ship? Being on board the RMS Titanic was a luxury if you were first class, but a horrible experience for the third class. Continue reading to see what life was like for 325 first-class passengers, 284 second-class and 709 third-class passengers.
With the ship in decomposition, see the rare photos that will soon be the only way to remember the Titanic
The ship had vendors on board
Here, an Irish woman sells rents on a second-class deck. There was no protocol on the Titanic that said that your luggage could not be full of goods to sell on board. So some people bought tickets to the Titanic as a gamble. It was a chance to sell her products to a select group.
This woman probably hoped that the profits from the trip would help finance a new life for her in America.
Captain of the Titanic before the ship's launch
Pictured here in June 1911, a year before the Titanic set sail, are captain Edward John Smith and Lord James Pirrie, president of the Belfast shipyard. Smith served as captain of many White Star Line ships and was honored to be chosen for the Titanic's maiden voyage.
Smith was sleeping in his cabin when the Titanic hit the iceberg. Although he did everything in his power to get people off the ship, there are conflicting reports that he drowned or committed suicide with a pistol.
A rare picture of what the rooms were like. boilers
Here you can see what the reality was like for those working in the Titanic's boilers. Keeping the ship moving was 24/7, dirty and hard work. There were six boiler rooms that contained 29 boilers. In total, 179 men worked day and night to supply the boilers with 600 tons of coal every day.
These workers were well paid, but none escaped. The boiler rooms were some of the first to be flooded when the ship hit an iceberg.
The iconic staircase
It is understandable that you think that this ladder came directly from the film “Titanic”. The Grand Staircase was the main cross-platform communication for first-class passengers and the entry point to numerous public rooms. And because of the film, the ladder became one of the most recognizable parts of the ship.
This part of the ladder was used only by first-class passengers, but third-class passengers could also have a rare view her. The ladder was intended to make people stop and look, as the builders intended it to be the “resistance piece” of the ship.
The music never really stopped
The old legend that the band did not stop playing while the RMS Titanic sank is very true. Knowing that the sad outcome of this story makes it even more horrible to see the band playing on a normal night in this image.
Little did these musicians know that they would play until the last breath in just a few days. The eight-member band was led by Wallace Hartley, and it was his choice to play all night to keep passengers calm.
Read on to see how the kids tried to spend time on board.
It can be shocking to see that, among the many other features of the Titanic, there was also a small salon with exercise equipment. The room included an electric camel (an exercise machine that mimicked a camel's gait), rowing and cycling machines. It is not surprising that only first class passengers could use the innovative facility.
The gym was open to women from 9 am to 12 pm and for men between 2 pm and 6 pm. It's a good thing that this guy is practicing his rowing skills, because he knew little, he would soon need them.
They had a space dedicated entirely to games
Much of what a lot of people know about the Titanic involves entertainment for adults, but what about children? 126 children were aboard the Titanic and, unfortunately, 60 did not survive the sinking. Most of them were in the second and third class.
This little boy here watches time playing shuffleboard, an old but little-known sport in Brazil, in a ship's lounge. First class children spent time in the gym in the afternoon.
Continue reading to see the luxury that first class passengers enjoyed before the disaster.
A lounge first class luxury
Here you can see how strange and ornate the decoration of the first class salon was. Located on deck A, this social and smoking lounge was a meeting place for lunches, card games and even business.
Today, a first-class ticket would cost $ 1700, so understandable so much luxury . The hall was designed to look like the Palace of Versailles in France. It was in this room that the band started playing their final notes.
There were two separate barber shops on board
The Titanic did not boast one, but two barber shops on board. These barbers usually provided daily shavings for men's facial hair. One barber was exclusively for first class passengers, while the other barber served second class passengers. If you were third class, you would not have a chance to enjoy this stewardship.
The barber shop was also like a souvenir shop. You can see dolls, hats, ribbons, baubles and tobacco hanging on the walls for sale.
Café Parisien was the ideal place for tea time
There was also a covered lounge for those who wanted to drink and socialize with other passengers. Café Parisien was large and overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. It was the first of its kind on a transatlantic. The Café was most popular with young, first-class audiences.
Café Parisien was the first restaurant of its kind on a transatlantic and had on its menu foods like oysters, salmon, roasted ducklings and vanilla eclairs.
Continue reading to see the dorms for each class.
A first class cabin was like a dream
This image shows what the first class sleeping hanger looked like. A better room than most other passengers could ever dream of. Some cabins were so elite that they were connected by a private deck. It was these ultra-private cabins that were recreated for the movie “Titanic.”
The first-class cabins were all located on deck B. Unfortunately, most of the crew and passengers on deck B were unable to escape the ship. during the tragedy.
The second-class cabins were comfortable enough
The bunk beds, private bathrooms and a seating area in the second-class cabins were more than enough for many. There were even selected second-class cabins that could function as first-class cabins, which meant they were more luxurious.
Many people think that second-class passengers were much more likely to survive than those of the third, but the truth is many have also not escaped death.
Third Class cabins were not inviting
The third-class cabins were more like a cell than bedrooms. They were located on deck F and deck G, which were some of the first to flood. Thanks to the tight space, most third class passengers spent more time in the common areas.
But the Titanic started to sink in the early hours of the morning, when most of the passengers in the third class had already gone to bed, which made it difficult for the majority to escape.
The third-class dining area was more like a cafeteria
The third class dining area was not as inviting as the one reserved for the second and third class. It looked more like a cafeteria. Still, the cutlery and tables were quite extravagant, far beyond what third-class passengers had already found outside the ship.
In the dining room, third-class passengers received basic meals like porridge. , vegetable stew, roasted potatoes and, occasionally, roasted meat.
The second-class social lounge was more than adequate
If you didn't know, you would think that this room was intended for first class passengers. No, upholstered chairs, a luxurious ceiling and expensive cutlery were not enough for the Titanic elite. Much like the first class lounge, this room was decorated like the luxurious Palace of Versailles, but the designer left the most sophisticated accessories for the first class.
This second class social room was where many played letters, and some rogue third-class members tried to sneak in.
Decks have always been kept in impeccable shape
There were four decks from deck A to deck D that were above water and could be enjoyed by passengers. All decks were maintained in perfect condition by the crew, regardless of the class that inhabited them. This was mainly because each deck was split, rather than having separate full decks for each class.
For the third class passenger, attention to detail, including the lower class deck, probably made the trip. Titanic look like a dream.