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The Tragic Tale of the Titanic

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In pictures, much of the world has seen evidence of the rise and fall of the Titanic. The maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic wasn't quite the elegant vacation its 2,223 passengers had in mind. On April 15, 1912, despite six pre-collision warnings, the Titanic cemented its place in history when it struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean. The vessel, born into infamy upon its completion, was equipped to carry 64 lifeboats—enough to have potentially saved 53 percent of the lives on board. Unfortunately, the ship hit the seas with a mere 20 lifeboats—and only 32 percent of passengers and crew (plus two dogs) ultimately made it back to shore to tell their version of what would one day become one of the highest grossing movies in history. But just like the brightness of a box-office hit dims, the promises of opulence and high-society bragging rights faded as the tragedy of the Titanic's sinking unfolded.

And still, both movie-watchers and historians continue to have a passionate love affair with the romantic mystery of the Titanic. Eight hundred pounds of fresh, hand-picked grapes, vibrant bright green bunches of asparagus and tender filet mignon covered pressed silver platters atop heavy, dark wood tables. Yet it would seem a preference for the lavish over regard for safety would be the Titanic's undoing in the end. Set sail the historic voyage of one of history's most prominent, beautiful and tragic tales through this playlist.

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The Titanic Centenerary Collection: (All of the original films and newsreels from British Pathe) Titanic footage and survivors interviews. On 14 April 1912, on her maiden voyage, the passenger liner RMS Titanic hit an iceberg. More than 1500 men, women and children perished. This is a short television documentary about the sinking of the Titanic, including interviews with survivors talking about their experiences and their escape. From:
NB: there has been much confusion over this film which has been used many times in reference to the Titanic. The ship featured in these shots is NOT the Titanic. The only genuine Titanic footage held by Pathe is to be found on tape PM3468 at following timecodes: 01:40:20 to 01:47:06. MS Captain Smith on bridge of Olympic. VS Liner leaving docks with crowds waving from decks to those on quayside. VS Relatives crowding around the Cunard offices waiting for news. Survivors of the disaster are seen. There then follows a repeat of the above footage with some extra shots of people on the deck of a liner and two tugboats. There are extra liner shots in this version, shots of seagulls and an iceberg. This is a duplicate of the section used in "Time To Remember - Time of the Suffragettes." Note: Although Pathe records claim these shots to be of the Titanic it has come to light that these shots are definitely not the Titanic - probably the Olympic - sister ship of the Titanic. 90,000 historic films, all SEARCHABLE on YouTube at: Join us on Facebook at: Tweet us @britishpathe FILM ID:3468.06
A state of the art ship simulator allows Captain Chris Hearn to recreate the events leading up to the Titanic disaster and discover exactly what happened that night.
Aboard the Titanic, there were only enough lifeboats to carry a little more than half of the passengers. And in 1912, they thought this was plenty.
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Titanic documents in the National Archives reveal dramatic details of the ship's sinking. In this Inside the Vaults video short, Archives employees and volunteers discuss their favorite documents, including depositions of surviving passengers, blueprints of the ship, claims of loss and photographs. Often in the first person, the documents tell the story of the sinking in dramatic detail. As the archival repository for the records for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the National Archives at New York City holds records in the admiralty case files related to Titanic, specifically the petition filed by the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, as the owner of Titanic, for limitation of liability. The documents are available to the public in New York City, and many can also be viewed on the National Archives' online research system at Archivist Bonnie Sauer, public programs specialist Dorothy Dougherty, education specialist Christopher Zarr, education technician Sara Pasquerello, and volunteer William Roka are featured in this video. Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at
The iceberg wasn't the only culprit in the Titanic's sinking; In this edition of Science Xplained, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez demonstrates how the metal rivets that held the ship together became brittle in the frigid waters and broke apart on impact with the iceberg, likely contributing to the enormity of the tragedy.
Was the Titanic going too fast? Was the captain drunk? Were the lookouts distracted? Many people have been accused of being at fault, but was anyone really to blame for the tragedy? From: TITANIC'S FINAL MYSTERY
For more original Titanic videos visit the Titanic Centenary Collection in the British Pathe free film archive: Titanic - Genuine 1912 Footage. This newsreel (without the music)would have been shown in the cinemas at the time of the disaster. Footage includes the Titanic leaving Belfast Lough for Southampton on April 2nd, 1912. Captain Smith on the Bridge of the Titanic. The video also shows various ships such the Carparthia returning from rescuing survivors. Journalists interviewing survivors. Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of long distance radio transmission and who was credited with saving those who were saved because of his marvelous invention. Although it says this was shot on April 2nd, 2012, British Pathe think it was probably earlier. The ship still looks like work is being done to it with lots of workmen still around. The Titanic's name is in black as is other parts of the ship which ultimately ended up as white. There is also a workman's loo which can clearly be seen dangling off the left hand side of the ship - this surely would have been removed before setting sail. Watch the original newsreel here: Subscribe to British Pathe: Follow us on Twitter: Join us on Facebook: