Titanic, an infamous example of one of the deadliest ocean liner disasters has been visually illustrated by a number of artists. Historical records are usually based on paintings and illustrations rather than photographs. It was after many years that the idea of discovering the wreck of Titanic was brought up.
Titanic sank in 1912 and it was not until 1985 that a joint American and French expedition led to the recovery of the wrecked ship. The only way to gather first-hand evidence of the incident was to discover the ship itself and photograph what remained. The discovery of the debris let the searchers collect astonishing images of the wrecked ship.
Titanic was broken into pieces
The most shocking piece of information that the discovery gave was that the ship actually broke into two pieces before sinking to the bottom of the ocean. Pictures of the ship reveal that the ship was majorly split into two pieces that were lying 600 meters apart from each other.
Debris on ocean bed
Pictures of the wreck show that around five kilometers of the ocean bed was covered with debris from the ship including daily use items, kitchenware, utensils and furniture etc.
Damage to Titanic’s Steel
Titanic pictures under water clearly show metal of the ship being eaten away by underwater microbes. When ships sink, the deposits of salts and wastes from the marine life greatly damage their steel. Titanic photos also show this damage that has made some areas of the ship hardly recognizable.
Bow of Titanic
Pictures of Titanic’s bow make a popular image as it is one of the most easily identifiable areas of the ship. Titanic had a signature bow which greatly added to its aesthetic beauty. Due to the delayed discovery of the ship, the pictures show that the bow was greatly decayed by corrosion.
Titanic had a huge propeller. The underwater pictures show the propeller torn apart from the rest of the ship and eaten away by microbes.
Collision with iceberg
The first photos of Titanic that emerged were those of its hull. The pictures depicted that Titanic was indeed damaged due to a collision with an iceberg. Rather than one long gash, the ship was extensively damaged at different places due to the crash. This led to more damage and hence the ship sank in just a few hours.
A faded reminder of glory
Titanic’s underwater pictures are a touching reminder of its once glorious form. The bits and pieces of the ship shown in the pictures are like a memorial that takes us back a hundred years to its once magnificent structure. Collecting these pictures was a gruesome task as Titanic wreck rested on the ocean floor three kilometers below the surface. With the passage of time researchers were able to gather hundreds of authentic underwater pictures of Titanic. People now do not need to wonder how the ship looked like as the pictures help recreate what once was the most luxurious passenger liner of all times.