The Iceberg that Sank the Titanic?

Rare image taken two days before Titanic sank

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Titanic Iceberg

Rare photograph of possible Titanic iceberg taken two days before Titanic collision.

40 hours before the Titanic sank, a prime candidate for the iceberg she struck was photographed by Captain Wood of the SS Etonian.

The photograph is captioned  "Iceberg taken by Captain Wood SS Etonian in 41°50N 49°50W April 12th at 4pm 1913 (sic) Titanic struck April 14th and sank in 3 hours".

Iceberg Lot

Letter from Captain wood with iceberg photograph and SS Etonian in a gale

While it cannot be proven that the iceberg is the same one that caused the Titanic disaster, it bears striking similarities to sketches drawn by lookout Frederick Fleet, the lookout on duty who first spotted the iceberg, and Joseph Scarrott, an able-bodied seaman.  

Captain Wood described the encounter in a letter sent from New York, where the Etonian had docked. 

FREDERICK LEYLAND & COMPANY LIMITED
LIVERPOOL

SS ETONIAN
NEW YORK
Pier 59 North River

Dear Billy Tucker,
I received the photos you so kindly sent and they are good. It was a great pity the light in the shed was so poor, you might have got the horses.  We landed late[?] last Wednesday, but they were not such a fine lot as last. I hope they are all doing well. If you see Dr Kirk give him my best wishes, maybe next year we shall meet again. I am sending you a sea picture The Etonian running before a gale, and the iceberg that sank the Titanic. We crossed the ice track 40 hours before her but in daylight, so saw the ice easily and I got a picture.
Best wishes from yours sincerely
Captain Wood

SS Etonian

The photographs and an accompanying letter are to be auctioned by Henry Aldridge and Son, at Devizes on 20 June 2020. Visit www.henry-aldridge.co.uk/ for further details.

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  1. avatar

    Steven Christian said:

    hit that iceberg - after 4-30 am that morning of April 15, 1912 - the culprit was not stll nearby in all its glory to be seen by everyone within a radius of 10 miles . It does not matter whether there was or was not a current in the immediate vicinity because everything in the immediate vicinity would have been carried along by that which was effecting it. Sp why wasn't such an obvious candidate mentioned by anyone? The photograph 2 days earlier, purporting to be that... Read full post

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    Jim Currie said:

    I went and looked over the rail there and I saw an iceberg that I took it we had struck. It would be abaft the beam then - abaft the starboard beam.... it struck me at the... Read full post

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    Samuel Halpern said:

    Senator SMITH. Did you see icebergs the next morning? Mr. STENGEL. I guess you could. They were all around. You could see them. As soon as we landed down into the water, as soon as we were afloat, you could see icebergs all around, because we thought they were sailing vessels at first, and began pulling this way, and then turning around and going the other way. They were in sight all along the horizon. Senator SMITH. Were you menaced in any way, after... Read full post

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    Jim Currie said:

    Senator SMITH. Did you see icebergs the next morning? Mr. STENGEL. I guess you could. They were all around. You could see them. As soon as we landed down into the water, as soon as we were afloat, you could see icebergs all around, because we thought they were sailing vessels at first, and began pulling this way, and then turning around and going the other way. They were in sight all along the horizon. Senator SMITH. Were you menaced in any way, after you got into the water in this emergency boat, by ice? Mr. STENGEL. ... Read full post

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2020) The Iceberg that Sank the Titanic? ( ref: #164, published 17 June 2020, generated 30th July 2021 08:47:42 PM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/the-iceberg-that-sank-the-titanic.html