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Titanic Real Time Sinking

Annotated real time sinking video

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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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    Kyle Naber said:

    What do we think?

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    Kyle Naber said:

    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.

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    Steven Christian said:

    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... Read full post

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    Kyle Naber said:

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

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    Kyle Naber said:

    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 evidence from the... Read full post

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    Kyle Naber said:

    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.

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    Nikki Farmer said:

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

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    Steven Christian said:

    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.

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    Nikki Farmer said:

    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.

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    Steven Christian said:

    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... Read full post

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    Arun Vajpey said:

    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... Read full post

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    Kyle Naber said:

    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... Read full post

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    Kyle Naber said:

    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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