|RMS Titanic as She Appeared in 1912 (Colorized by Stogie)|
The Titanic story is one of incredible arrogance, lack of foresight, bravery and cowardice, heroism and tragedy. The Titanic was a beautiful ship, fitted out in luxury and the highest technology of its day. It had luxury cafes, a gymnasium, a swimming pool, a library, and a wireless telegraph and remotely controlled watertight doors. Some fool reportedly told the press before the voyage that "God himself couldn't sink this ship." Apparently, God took that as some kind of challenge.
They were picked up hours later by the Carpathia, a freighter who sped towards the disaster site in a heroic attempt to save the lives of the Titanic's passengers. Alas, it was too far away to save anyone but the lifeboat passengers. The S.S. Californian, within easy reach of the Titanic, could have saved many. Its crew was puzzled over the meaning of the flares being set off from the Titanic (they were a cry for help), but took no action. They turned off their wireless and went to bed, totally oblivious to the unfolding disaster.
Today the wreck of the Titanic rests 12,415 feet down on the seabed, slowly rusting away. Plans are underway to commemorate the tragedy and pray for its victims -- now 100 years after they disappeared into the cold waters of the North Atlantic, along with the luxury ship that will sail on in legend and imagination.
Here is a fairly short video showing scenes from the sunken Titanic, overlayed with images of Victorian era, ghost-like figures walking about the scene, which then clarifies into actual photos of the locations as they looked in 1912. The film ends with a string ensemble playing "Nearer My God to Thee," very much as it must have sounded when Wallace Hartley's string ensemble played it as the Titanic sank into the sea. Highly recommended.
Here is a film showing underwater views of the Titanic, with some unusual perspectives.
From the Discovery Channel: Deep Inside the Sunken Titanic: Part 1 of 2
Deep Inside The Sunken Titanic, Part 2 of 2