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RMS Titanic in Profile

Shared on 18th April 2019

Click and zoom this giant Titanic profile artwork— Read more...

RMS Titanic in Profile

Carpathia Passenger List

Shared on 6th April 2019

Until now there has been no accurate list of Carpathia passengers on the night of April 15th...— Read more...

Carpathia Passenger List

Coming to the Boyle

Shared on 15th March 2019

Board of trade surveyor, or his staff, annotated crucial Titanic inquiry transcripts...— Read more...

 Coming to the Boyle

Interviews with survivors

Shared on 8th February 2019

With eye-witnesses and film and photographs taken at the time, Peter West tells the story of one of the most dramatic disasters at sea.— Read more...

Interviews with survivors

Slade Brothers: The Real Story?

Shared on 1st February 2019

Why did the three brothers miss the sailing of the Titanic?— Read more...

Slade Brothers: The Real Story?

Shipyard Accident

Shared on 1st February 2019

PLATES FALL FROM SLING ON GIANT WHITE STAR LINER.— Read more...

Shipyard Accident

Madeleine Astor and her baby son

Shared on 25th January 2019

Titanic survivor gave birth in August 1912— Read more...

Madeleine Astor and her baby son

Ismay Returns

Shared on 23rd January 2019

Ismay photographed leaving the Adriatic after arrival at Liverpool— Read more...

Ismay Returns

The Wreck of the Tayleur

Shared on 21st January 2019

The Titanic was not the first ship lost by White Star on its maiden voyage...— Read more...

The Wreck of the Tayleur

A Night to Remember Movie Poster

Shared on 18th January 2019

A poster for the theatrical release of the 1958 film A Night to Remember, starring Kenneth More as Second Officer Lightoller...— Read more...

A Night to Remember Movie Poster

Vinolia 'OTTO' Toilet Soap

Shared on 13th January 2019

A famous advertisement for soaps used aboard the Titanic— Read more...

Vinolia 'OTTO' Toilet Soap

A FILM FOUNDED ON THE 'TITANIC' DISASTER

Shared on 6th January 2019

The first sound film produced about the Titanic story was based on a stage play, The Berg.— Read more...

A FILM FOUNDED ON THE 'TITANIC' DISASTER

Dorothy Gibson in The Lucky Holdup

Shared on 18th December 2018

A unique 8-minute fragment of film from 1912 featuring the Titanic survivor Dorothy Gibson...— Read more...

Dorothy Gibson in The Lucky Holdup

Who were the first Titanic Survivors to die?

Shared on 10th December 2018

Despite surviving the sinking of the Titanic, some of the rescued would not have long to live... the first passed away only three months after the disaster.  Find out who were the first Titanic survivors to die.

Who were the first Titanic Survivors to die?

The Staircase at Crakemarsh Hall

Shared on 6th December 2018

When First Class Passenger Tyrell Cavendish descended the grand staircase on the Titanic, perhaps he was reminded of the staircase at his family home, Crakemarsh Hall.  The two had many similarities.  Crakemarsh Hall is sadly now demolished but you can buy the staircase from an architectural salvage yard in England... for a mere £64,000.

Crakemarsh Stair 1

Crakemarsh Stair 2 Crakemarsh Stair 3

The Staircase at Crakemarsh Hall

A dangerous and suspicious character

Shared on 4th December 2018

Titanic Passenger "E Haven"... "swell gambler" and notorious crook shown in a 1906 mugshot. Harry Haven Homer a "dangerous and suspicious character" survived the Titanic wreck to continue his life of crime...

A dangerous and suspicious character

Egyptian fortune teller foretold death

Shared on 3rd December 2018

While Dickinson and Helen Bishop were honeymooning in Egypt a fortune teller had divined her future. She would survive a shipwreck and an earthquake before an automobile accident would end her life. "We have to be rescued, she told others in her lifeboat, "for the rest of my prophecy to come true."    Read the rest of Helen's story to find out if it did.

Egyptian fortune teller foretold death

Misery at Home (Nędza w domu)

Shared on 30th November 2018

Judge supports a woman who lost her husband in the Titanic catastrophe.— Read more...

Misery at Home (Nędza w domu)

The Titanic Babies

Shared on 24th November 2018

The Unborn babies of the TitanicTitanic passengers who were pregnant at the time of the sinking and the many male passengers and crew who became posthumous fathers.

The Titanic Babies

Titanic pseudonyms and fake ID!

Shared on 23rd November 2018

From gamblers keeping a low profile to prominent socialites avoiding the glare of publicity to lovers on the run... A surprising number of Titanic passengers and crew used a false identity... so Who was Who on the Titanic?

Titanic pseudonyms and fake ID!

Meet the Titanic survivors who lived to be more than 100...

Shared on 20th November 2018

Five Titanic survivors made it to 100 years of age, and more than 60 reached 90 years. Discover who were Titanic's longest surviving survivors...

Meet the Titanic survivors who lived to be more than 100...

Titanic survivor, confectioner... wife beater?

Shared on 20th November 2018

The tragic story of Philip Zenni who saved his own skin but ultimately lost his family.

Titanic survivor, confectioner... wife beater?

Survivor Charlotte Collyer and her daughter Marjorie

Shared on 19th November 2018

The care-worn face of survivor Charlotte Collyer, having lost her husband in the disaster. She died herself just four years later leaving her daughter Marjorie orphaned.

Survivor Charlotte Collyer and her daughter Marjorie

Film of Titanic Survivor and Wimbledon tennis champion

Shared on 19th November 2018

As well as surviving the Titanic Richard Norris Williams was a successful Tennis player, watch a video of him here at the 1924 Wimbledon Championships, although on this occasion he lost. 


The only Japanese passenger on the Titanic

Shared on 19th November 2018

The nightmare of near-death became a nightmare of survival for Masabumi Hosono the only Japanese passenger on Titanic.

The only Japanese passenger on the Titanic

The Unfortunate Countess Urbina

Shared on 12th November 2018

Sometimes the stories around the Titanic are as amazing as the Titanic story itself!

Take the tale of Countess Urbina. Let us list her misfortunes:

Lost one daughter when she fell down a lift shaft and was crushed. Almost lost her first husband (Colonel Archibald Gracie) on the Titanic. He was rescued but died later the same year from the effects of his ordeal. Lost her third child and possibly a newly born grandchild in the influenza epidemic (oh, and both her other daughters also predeceased her) in 1919. Lost her half of the family fortune in a brokerage collapse... and then lost the other half to her late daughter's husband thanks to the highly suspicious disappearance of a will that, she claimed, left the money to her.

The final catastrophe, other than her own death, due to a fall, in 1937, was the realisation that her husband, Count Urbina, wasn't a count at all. Just a golddigger who tied her up and tried to suffocate her then locked her in a bathroom before stealing her money and jewels and fleeing on a steamboat to Chile.

The Unfortunate Countess Urbina

Cashing in on a Titanic funeral

Shared on 10th November 2018

Even a Titanic funeral had commercial value. An advert for the film of Bandmaster Wallace Hartley's Funeral.

Wonder if the film still exists?

Cashing in on a Titanic funeral

Killed in a boiler explosion

Shared on 30th October 2018

One of several Titanic crew members to survive the Titanic but die in subsequent shipwrecks... Frederick Scott killed in a boiler explosion aboard the La Marguerite in 1915

Killed in a boiler explosion

Who occupied the finest suite on the Titanic?

Shared on 25th October 2018

Charlotte Cardeza booked the most expensive suite on the Titanic... she survived with her son and servants. Her biography is worth looking at for the views of her modest home Montebello!

Who occupied the finest suite on the Titanic?

The rich widows' friend

Shared on 27th September 2018

Dr Ernest Moraweck befriended rich widow Magdalena Hasse; when she died she bequeathed him a villa in Germany. He was returning to America on the Titanic having dealt with the property and the disgruntled relatives of Frau Hasse.

The rich widows' friend

A portrait of Miss Edith Corse Evans

Shared on 21st September 2018

The face, immortalised in pastel, of one of only four first-class women to die: Edith Corse Evans.

A portrait of Miss Edith Corse Evans

Surviving Titanic became grounds for divorce

Shared on 19th September 2018

William Ernest Carter might have survived the Titanic, but his marriage could not survive the allegations that he abandoned his family as the ship went down and of abuse and cruelty toward his wife Lucile... within a few months of the divorce she had married again.

Surviving Titanic became grounds for divorce

Message in a bottle

Shared on 18th September 2018

Jeremiah Burke died on the Titanic, on his birthday. One year later, in the early summer of 1913, a postman walking his dog found a small bottle on a shingle beach near Cork Harbour. Inside was a pencilled message...

Message in a bottle

Dog fanciers on the Titanic

Shared on 17th September 2018

Nella Goldenberg and her husband were well-known dog fanciers, the Goldenberg's kennel name was "Nellcote" and they would often judge in shows and reared English Toy Spaniels and French Bulldogs. They boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg on 10 April 1912 as first class passengers.

Dog fanciers on the Titanic

Titanic's baddest boys and girls

Shared on 4th September 2018

Murder, bigamy, assault, spying, slavery, child abduction, smuggling, reckless driving, drunkenness, sedition and sodomy... just a few of the activities that Titanic passengers and crew indulged in. Discover the sordid truth...

Titanic's baddest boys and girls

A young newsboy and an iconic image

Shared on 1st February 2018

Perhaps one of the most evocative images of the Titanic disaster is that of the young newsboy outside the White Star Line offices in London, holding an Evening News poster announcing Titanic Disaster Great Loss of Life. Read the tragically short life story of the Boy in the Picture.

A young newsboy and an iconic image

The forgotten drills aboard Titanic

Shared on 30th January 2018

Were the Titanic's lifeboats ever tested and her crew properly trained to lower them?— Read more...

The forgotten drills aboard Titanic

Dr Frauenthal's leap for life and death

Shared on 28th January 2018

Eminent surgeon, Dr Henry Frauenthal survived when he leapt into a lifeboat; landing on top of Annie Stengel breaking several of her ribs, fifteen years later he would fall to his death from a New York apartment building...

Dr Frauenthal's leap for life and death

Always the bride...

Shared on 17th January 2018

Virginia Estelle Clark married (#1) Walter Miller Clark, widowed in the Titanic disaster, married to #2 the same year, divorced #2 and married #3, divorced #3 and married #2 again... try to keep up!

Always the bride...

The New York Incident

Shared on 5th January 2018

Titanic nearly collides with the SS New York. How a dramatic collision with another liner was only narrowly averted.— Read more...

The New York Incident

Video : Titanic's Propellers as they are today

Shared on 20th November 2016

On an expedition to the wreck of the Titanic the MIR submersible approaches the Titanic's propellers buried deep in the silt.


Film of Captain Smith on the RMS Olympic in New York

Shared on 20th November 2015

Captain Smith filmed on the deck of the RMS Olympic, after her maiden arrival in New York, summer 1911.


Film: Captain Rostron in New York

Shared on 20th November 2015

Captain Rostron of the RMS Carpathia after arrival in New York.


Video: The Carpathia at her berth in New York

Shared on 20th November 2015

RMS Carpathia at her berth in New York after returning the Titanic survivors.


Identifying Titanic stewardesses

Shared on 19th June 2015

Finding the names of the Titanic stewardesses photographed at Plymouth after their rescue in 1912.— Read more...

Identifying Titanic stewardesses

Major Peuchen's Predicament

Shared on 26th April 2012

Why did this self-made millionaire and leader of men become such a passive figure in a Titanic lifeboat?— Read more...

Major Peuchen's Predicament

William Logan Gwinn: Letters to Florence

Shared on 29th March 2012

Letters and postcards from Titanic's Sea Post Clerk William Logan Gwinn.— Read more...

William Logan Gwinn: Letters to Florence

Titanic Departure

Shared on 10th January 2012

The start of the maiden voyage captured in a classic image, click and zoom...— Read more...

Titanic Departure

Six Seconds to Disaster: The Death of Titanic

Shared on 4th January 2012

The fatal moments after the iceberg was sighted.— Read more...

Six Seconds to Disaster: The Death of Titanic

We have no look-out glasses in the crow's nest.

Shared on 19th November 2011

Perhaps the most catastrophic lapse of memory in history— Read more...

We have no look-out glasses in the crow's nest.

The Day I Met a Titanic Survivor

Shared on 24th March 2011

Liner enthusiast recounts his 1968 meeting with Renee Harris— Read more...

The Day I Met a Titanic Survivor

I was saved from the Titanic

Shared on 15th November 2010

Lady Duff Gordon's Classic Memoir— Read more...

I was saved from the Titanic

Last Lap of the Largest

Shared on 12th February 2010

10 April 1912 marked the last arrival of RMS Olympic as the largest liner in the world, or so she thought...— Read more...

Last Lap of the Largest

Why A Low Angle Break?

Shared on 23rd October 2008

Titanic may have split in two at a relatively shallow angle— Read more...

Why A Low Angle Break?

Rheims, Lightoller, and the Officer's Suicide Enigma

Shared on 14th October 2008

Did one of the Titanic Officers commit suicide?— Read more...

Rheims, Lightoller, and the Officer's Suicide Enigma

Cancelled Passages Aboard Titanic

Shared on 6th April 2008

John P. Eaton finds the people that were fortunate enough to cancel their journeys on the Titanic— Read more...

Cancelled Passages Aboard Titanic

Speed and Revolutions

Shared on 18th September 2007

Propelling the ship of dreams - What Do We Know About Speed, Revolutions, and Engine Orders?— Read more...

Speed and Revolutions

Olympic and Titanic : Maiden Voyage Mysteries

Shared on 29th April 2007

Charting the maiden voyage route— Read more...

Olympic and Titanic : Maiden Voyage Mysteries

Keeping Track of a Maiden Voyage

Shared on 20th February 2007

What was the route the Titanic took on her maiden voyage?— Read more...

Keeping Track of a Maiden Voyage

Birma's wireless bears witness!

Shared on 28th December 2006

A wireless message from Titanic burst onto the airwaves at 11:45 p.m. and was received by Joseph Cannon aboard the Birma...— Read more...

Birma's wireless bears witness!

When Animals Travelled First Class

Shared on 10th November 2006

Transporting livestock was big business for the White Star Line— Read more...

When Animals Travelled First Class

Iceberg Right Ahead

Shared on 29th April 2006

How many icebergs were sighted that night?— Read more...

Iceberg Right Ahead

A Pen to Sink a Thousand Ships

Shared on 7th March 2006

The British Titanic Inquiry and the Art of Fortunino Matania— Read more...

A Pen to Sink a Thousand Ships

Sealed Orders

Shared on 23rd December 2005

A Titanic survivor's classic tale of love and fate— Read more...

Sealed Orders

Life's Decor: A Biography of Helen Churchill Candee

Shared on 23rd December 2005

The story of a Titanic survivor, a woman of extraordinary vision, talent and resolve.— Read more...

Life's Decor: A Biography of Helen Churchill Candee

Nomadic

Shared on 22nd August 2005

The Titanic's tender at Cherbourg— Read more...

Nomadic


Titanic's Cargo Gear

Shared on 11th January 2005

How Titanic's cargo equipment worked. Description of cranes, winches, holds etc.— Read more...

Titanic's Cargo Gear

Royal Standard

Shared on 2nd November 2004

The story of a White Star liner that struck an iceberg 47 years before the Titanic...— Read more...

Royal Standard

Rubáiyát reflections on Titanic

Shared on 15th October 2004

Story of the mythical decorated book that went down with the Titanic— Read more...

Rubáiyát reflections on Titanic

William Thomas Stead: The Biofix Pictures

Shared on 23rd July 2004

A curiosity from 1912. Journalist WT Stead, victim of the Titanic, adopting a series of 'characteristic poses'.— Read more...

William Thomas Stead: The Biofix Pictures

Titanic: The Last Photograph?

Shared on 23rd April 2004

THIS photograph is the last known picture of RMS Titanic on her maiden voyage. It was taken at Crosshaven, Co Cork, Ireland...— Read more...

Titanic: The Last Photograph?

Titanic's Violinist and a Villainous Murder

Shared on 27th March 2004

How Jock Hume's family met further tragedy amid the chaos of war.— Read more...

Titanic's Violinist and a Villainous Murder

Titanic's Band: Killing Them Softly.

Shared on 17th February 2004

Did the playing of soothing music on the boat deck of the RMS Titanic contributed to the death toll.— Read more...

Titanic's Band: Killing Them Softly.

Sun Yat Sen – Will Eat Again

Shared on 2nd February 2004

The height of buffoonery or the peak of good taste?— Read more...

Sun Yat Sen – Will Eat Again

Anatomy of a Boat Deck Portrait

Shared on 3rd December 2003

Fortunino Matania never beheld the Titanic himself, but saw it through the eyes of those who were and communicated that vision for all time.— Read more...

Anatomy of a Boat Deck Portrait

Lifeboat Specifications

Shared on 28th August 2003

The dimensions and construction of the Titanic lifeboats— Read more...

Lifeboat Specifications

The Real Jack Dawson

Shared on 28th August 2003

Was the character of Jack Dawson based on a real person?— Read more...

The Real Jack Dawson

Lookouts : The Human Perspective

Shared on 28th August 2003

This paper looks at the role of the lookouts on the Titanic from the eye of an experienced seaman. — Read more...

Lookouts : The Human Perspective

Madame Lucile: A Life in Style

Shared on 28th August 2003

Her creativity helped to frame an era. Her personality gilded it. This is the story of the woman and her world.— Read more...

Madame Lucile: A Life in Style

Titanic Biscuit

Shared on 28th August 2003

A biscuit with an impressed image of the Titanic.— Read more...

Titanic Biscuit

My Titanic Dive

Shared on 30th November 2001

A dive to the Titanic won in a competition sparked an enduring interest in the ship and her story.— Read more...

My Titanic Dive

Sketch of Titanic Sinking

Shared on 2nd November 2001

Sketch of the Titanic sinking by survivor Leo James Hyland— Read more...

Sketch of Titanic Sinking

Unlisted Passengers and Crew

Shared on 10th November 1998

Numerous stories are told of people who were booked on the Titanic but, for one reason or other, failed to travel on her...— Read more...

Unlisted Passengers and Crew