Funnel Face


There is a photo that shows the head appearing at the top of the funnel in Francis Browne's album, so Beesley wasn't imagining it. The onlookers may not have known the fourth funnel was a dummy. This would have added to their surprise. The significance of the story probably grew after the sinking.

Curiously, at the end of Olympic's maiden voyage, passengers appeared at the top of the fourth funnel and merrily waved their hats to the onlookers. How they got there is anybody's guess. As Olympic didn't sink, nobody saw anything significant in their antics.

[Moderator's Note: This message and the two immediately above it, originally a separate thread in a different topic, have been moved to this pre-existing thread addressing the same incident. MAB]
 
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Caroline Mendes Ferreira

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Mystery of a photograph

One of the photos of the Titanic I noticed a mystery if they can obcervar this photograpy there is a man standing in the fourth chimney is it any employee of the engine room. Look at the photo I scored.
 
Here is one of the cut-away drawings mentioned in the previous post.

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Jason1981

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I've seen two photographs taken from atop the forth funnel on the Olympic. In one of them, there was a man leaning back against the edge of the funnel smoking a cigarette. Now, if I'm not mistaken, there was a way to climb to the top of the forth funnel from the inside.

I'll post a link to the website where I found the picture, I don't know if I can post the pick here on the website or not, so...

Aboard the Titanic

I hope this sheds some light on the mystery.
 

PRR5406

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The alleged appearance of the head from the fourth funnel top was described by at least one survivor as "the angel of death surveying the ship". Unfortunately, I can't find the reference to that quote. Didn't the fourth funnel also house the kennel?
 
It is believed by some that the deck house at the base of the 4th funnel (not the 4th funnel itself!!!!!) had aft the kennels as this was shown in later deck plans on Olympic. I have my problem with that and also the early deck plans show the kennels on F Deck.
 

Jack Dawson

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There is a photo that shows the head appearing at the top of the funnel in Francis Browne's album, so Beesley wasn't imagining it. The onlookers may not have known the fourth funnel was a dummy. This would have added to their surprise. The significance of the story probably grew after the sinking.

Curiously, at the end of Olympic's maiden voyage, passengers appeared at the top of the fourth funnel and merrily waved their hats to the onlookers. How they got there is anybody's guess. As Olympic didn't sink, nobody saw anything significant in their antics.

Hi sir, I didn't know that about the Olympic, that's interesting. Do you think a small group of passengers found out about the access and asked an officer to be accompanied/escorted there?
 
I recently started playing Titanic:adventure out of time, and the "false smokestack" plays a key part in that story. In the game, a passenger recalls seeing somebody on top of the fourth funnel when Titanic was docked in Queenstown. Ther player then has to descend into the engine room to access the funnel.

That's why I think the entrance to the fourth funnel lies in crew-only parts of the ship, and even if passengers knew about this, they normally wouldn't get permssion to climb it. I have no idea how a group of passengers managed to do just that on the Olympic.
 

Jack Dawson

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Hi, I was reading about a 'tour' that was apparently given to at least a few passengers; I think it said Browne was with that particular group. While it doesn't really sound like the kind of place a tour would go, I would guess it is possible a passenger could have found some way (guided or not exactly official) to the funnel on Titanic given it happened with Olympic. It sure would have been a nice view of the boat deck anyway!
 
There was also a story about a stoker who had climbed up the inside of the dummy funnel .
There was a story that when some passengers saw him looking down from the top of the funnel, with his soot blackened face, that it was some sort of an evil demon and a bad omen !

Climbing up the inside of the dummy funnel was also part of the old "Titanic - Adventure Out Of Time" video game. Been there. Done that. Encounter with the evil German Colonel Zeitel ..... LOL
 
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Hi, I was reading about a 'tour' that was apparently given to at least a few passengers; I think it said Browne was with that particular group. While it doesn't really sound like the kind of place a tour would go, I would guess it is possible a passenger could have found some way (guided or not exactly official) to the funnel on Titanic given it happened with Olympic. It sure would have been a nice view of the boat deck anyway!

Jack Dawson ???
Welcome back to the land of the living !
I thought you had drowned in the icy waters whilst saving the fair damsel Rose Dewitt-Bukater ?
Sorry. You must be another bloke of the same name ?
 
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