100 years ago this week, mankind’s most luxurious ocean liner, the RMS Titanic, sailed from Southampton, England. After stopping in Cobh, Ireland, Titanic steamed eastward for America until an iceberg struck her down.
Out of 2,200 passengers, 1,500 souls perished.
Today, the tragedy remains a cautionary tale of hubris. A reminder of what happens when any man or woman dares to believe his or her own invincibility. James Cameron’s epic film based on the tragedy, now playing in 3D, has given audiences around the world the opportunity to go back in time and see scale-model / highly detailed recreations of what it was like to be there.
Thanks to Titanicphotographs.com, you can go even deeper: see the real Titanic via 100-year-old photographs. Just before a young man named Frank Browne became a Jesuit Priest, his Uncle Robert (the Bishop of Cloyne) sent him out to explore Europe. The trip included one First Class ticket on Titanic’s maiden voyage from Southampton to Cobh. Browne made friends who offered to pay for him to continue to America, but when he telegraphed Uncle Robert to ask permission, the Bishop ordered Browne off the ship.
With one stroke of fate, and obedience, Browne and his wonderful photographs survived for you to explore:
The “Titanic Special” train traves from Waterloo to Southampton.
A ship’s officer walks along “A” Deck. Did this man survive?
A First Class Stateroom.
The First Class Dining Room.
Historians believe this man to be Jacques Futrelle, an American writer of short stories who perished abord the ship. Sadly unaware of his impending need for the life boat behind him.
Browne’s final photo of the doomed ship, sailing into the history books. This is the last surviving photograph of Titanic until the wreckage was found on September 1, 1985.
Really makes you think, doesn’t it?
A time capsule into a world gone by. They remind me a sidewalk I pass occasionally. There’s nothing inherently special about it, but someone — children or teenagers, perhaps — scribbled a couple names and the date before the concrete dried. The date? A mere two weeks before September 11, 2001. So, in a roundabout way, these historical Titanic photos feel akin to what it’s like looking at the New York skyline photographs from September 10.
Check out more amazing photos, and purchase 11 x 14 prints, at Titanicphotographs.com.