Thats very true. Its a big ocean out there. But even wrecks right off the coast in shallow water can be very hard to find. There are still 4 ships out of the 12 of the Lost Fleet of 1715 off the Florida's coast that haven't been found yet and they've been searching for them for well over 50 years.There is a huge difference between searching for a ship in relatively shallow water where the location is generally known and finding one in massively deep water where to accepted location and the REAL location is off by 13 miles. Even with the Britannic, the information was off, but not by that much.
Don't forget that the resources we take for granted for finding wrecks in deep water in the here and now for the most part didn't exist in the there and then.
I’m happy anytime someone paints a shipwreck, accurate or not. The idea of raising the ship mere weeks after the disaster probably added to the myth of it sinking intact.I don't think we should be too hard on the speculative paintings or the people who did them. With the precept that the ship sank intact so widespread, it was really all they had to go on. Also, it wasn't until recently that it was understood that the decent through the water column and impact with the bottom could do as much damage as it's known to do now.
The bell was recovered from the debris field, if I recall and the fate of the crows nest is honestly up in the air surrounded by a lot of speculation.They were trying to snatch the bell from the mast and knocked it down into the cargo hatch.
Keep in mind, it's their perspective on the matter which counts, not ours. There were troubles in Europe, World War 1 was only a spark and an assassins bullet away from happening, and the absolute last thing the British authorities would want to do is admit that a ship built of their best battleship steel broke up when it sank.I don't know why White Star would be embarrassed at the thought she split in two. She SANK so it doesn't matter if they allowed people to say that it was possible that she broke in half.