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Watch a comprehensively annotated real-time Titanic sinking video, based on the authoritative Titanic history book "On a Sea of Glass: The Life & Loss of the RMS Titanic" by J. Kent Layton Bill Wormstedt, and George Behe.


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  1. Kyle Naber

    [MEDIA=youtube]PboGLRAEwFU[/MEDIA] What do we think?

  2. Kyle Naber

    I think it’s so interesting how the final plunge happened so quick. All throughout the years there have been paintings, drawings, movie scenes, and other medias that focus on those last moments. And to see it happen all within the span of about three minutes is really grounding for some reason.

  3. Steven Christian

    For all who worked on it they did a good job on this. But I only watched a few minutes at the start, in the middle and the last 10 mins or so. And I ran it through a vid program (VLC) because I had to brighten it in spots to see what was going on. I'll view it later on the big screen where I'm sure it will be better. Thanks for posting it.

  4. Kyle Naber

    If you can, watching in 4K helps a lot when the lights go out.

  5. Nikki Farmer

    It really gives a much clearer view of what survivors meant when they said she took a "fearfull plunge". I've re-watched the animation a few times in the past two days (not counting the re-watchs of the anniversary stream), while going back to the book On a Sea of Glass and reading publicly available survivor testimonies. I think Levi did a excellent job programming and animating everything into place in a manner that is very authentic to what happened that night and what survivors said they saw cross examined with

  6. Kyle Naber

    I definitely agree about that plunge. It’s crazy how quickly the boat deck is WASHED with water and the funnel is swept away.

  7. Kyle Naber

    Probably one of the things that I’m not sure on is the last few seconds. What would cause the stern to go into a sudden spiral like that. I’d think that any rotation would be very subtle and stretched out.

  8. Nikki Farmer

    A few survivors notably Jack Thayer described the stern rotating in the final moments after the break up.

  9. Steven Christian

    I'm sure your right about that. I have LED flat screens but they aren't 4K. Just HD 1080p. Probably should go get one because I saw the other night Wally World was practically giving them away. 65" 4K smart tv for $500. I was like "wow". Remember when something like that would cost you a small fortune. Cheers.

  10. Nikki Farmer

    you can still get a good image when loading youtube in 4K with a 1080p monitor. You'll just be down-sampling from 4k to 1080.

  11. Steven Christian

    Yes you are right about that. And a lot of tv's/monitors have different modes you can select..standard, movie, sports, outdoor mode..ect. But there's another factor that hopefully you won't need to find out for a long time...young eyeballs vrs older ones. Lately I have been having to wear my cheaters when watching tv to get the good visuals. But really the video they made on the sinking is quite good. I only had to tweak it in a few spots. They did a good job on it.

  12. Arun Vajpey

    OK animation but I was a bit unconvinced about the final plunge. IMO the lights failure is probably shown about 30 seconds too early and the break-up once again too soon afterwards. Then I felt that the stern section took too long to sink below the surface. I quite like the 'new' footage from the 2012 version of Cameron's version of the break-up and stern sinking. One interesting thing that I found in this (the above one) animation is how Woolner and Stefansson got on board Collapsible D from A-deck. It is shown that they moved as forward as possible keeping abreast of the lifeboat and when it got close, literally stepped across the gap. Personally, I believe that is how it happened. They must have calculated, correctly as it seemed to turn out, that after reaching the surface of the sea Collapsible D would be rowed a forwards ( ie parallel to the long axis of the sinking Titanic) for a few strokes before moving away.

  13. Kyle Naber

    I think they were trying to convey the moment when some witnesses thought the stern would float. Because of this, 2:15-2:17am’s events might have played out faster than what we’re used to seeing. In terms of the lights, I had always thought that the breakup (early stages (when the double bottom was pushed upwards)) is what caused the lights to go out. Do you think that the break followed a bit later after power failure? Lightoller described the lights going out during the sound described as a “rumbling roar.”

  14. Arun Vajpey

    I have always been particularly interested in the last 5 minutes of the Titanic's life with survivor accounts from different perspectives. What I did a couple of years ago over a LONG weekend (that almost cost me my marriage! ;)) was to collate relevant information from various sources like Walter Lord's A Night To Remember, Titanic by Eaton & Haas, Don Lynch's Titanic: An Illustrated History, Paul Quinn's Titanic at 2 am, of course On A Sea of Glass, Sam Halpern's Centennial Reappraisal, relevant testimonies from Titanic Inquiry Project and so on and tried to make a small timeline of the final moments as I understood it. Based on that IMO (and that only): [LIST] [*]Collapsible A floated free just after 02:16 am. [*]Lights failed

  15. Kyle Naber

    I don’t have names right now, but there were many who said that the stern was in a horizontal position for about five minutes after the break and then another five minutes in a final, vertical position. Obviously this could not have happened since the bridge went under at 2:15. But those estimations tell me that they each would have been at least one minute per stern configuration (roughly).

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