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The Decaying Remains of Titanic

We all know the infamous tale of the White Star Line vessel.

01 - We all know the infamous tale of the White Star Line vessel

For those uninformed, RMS Titanic was an Olympic Class transatlantic steamer, the final word in luxury at the time. Her life began in Belfast, Ireland in 1909. On April 10th 1912, she began her maiden voyage with over 2,208 passengers, many of them famous men and women, like John Jacob Astor IV, Benjamin Guggenheim, Lady Duff Gordon, and the Countess of Rothes.

Titanic was commanded by these men.

02 - Titanic was commanded by these men

In the middle is Captain Edward J. Smith, White Star Line commodore. Titanic’s voyage was rumored to be his final trip before retirement. The others in the picture are Titanic’s Officers and Chief Engineer.

On April 14th, at 11:40 PM, Titanic struck an iceberg.

03 - On April 14th at 1140 PM Titanic struck an iceberg

She was given an hour or so before she’d sink. She lasted two hours and forty minutes.

Around 2:20 AM, Titanic lost her fight against the North Atlantic and broke up and sank, with over 1,500 people aboard her.

04 - Around 220 AM Titanic lost her fight against the North Atlantic and broke up and sank with over 1500 people aboard her

Today she rests two and a half miles below the surface of the North Atlantic.

05 - Today she rests two and a half miles below the surface of the North Atlantic

This is what we thought she’d look like before she was discovered in 1985 by Robert Ballard.

06 - This is what we thought she039d look like before she was discovered in 1985 by Robert Ballard

Many didn’t believe she had broken up, and survivor accounts supporting the break up were dismissed by the Board of Inquiry after the disaster.

Today she sadly rusts away due to microbes eating the iron in her hull. These things cover the ship and are known as ‘rusticles’

07 - Today she sadly rusts away due to microbes eating the iron in her hull These things cover the ship and are known as 039rusticles039

Titanic’s stern today.

08 - Titanic039s stern today

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A lifeboat davit, beginning to fall off the ship.

10 - A lifeboat davit beginning to fall off the ship

One of Titanic’s large anchors on her side.

11 - One of Titanic039s large anchors on her side

One of Titanic’s propellers, forced up out of the mud on impact with the bottom.

12 - One of Titanic039s propellers forced up out of the mud on impact with the bottom

One of Titanic’s boilers that fell out when the ship broke up.

13 - One of Titanic039s boilers that fell out when the ship broke up

The head of a porcelain doll.

14 - The head of a porcelain doll

Fun fact: This was discovered in 1986 when Ballard went down in a submersible to see the ship. It scared the fuck out of him initially.

Captain’s Smith’s bathtub, seen through a collapsing wall in his cabin.

15 - Captain039s Smith039s bathtub seen through a collapsing wall in his cabin

A pair of shoes.

16 - A pair of shoes

These are all over the wreck site. They are like grave markers. When the bodies of victims sank to the bottom, they were eventually eaten up by fish and bacteria, but nothing would eat the leather shoes. Their shoes stay in the same position where the bodies landed.

May all of RMS Titanic’s 1,496 victims rest in peace.

Source: https://imgur.com/a/4fnJ9

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