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Super rare photo of Titanic iceberg revealed

By T.K. Randall
June 16, 2020 · Comment icon 15 comments

The Titanic went down on April 15th, 1912. Image Credit: Willy Stower - 1912
108 years on from the iconic vessel's doomed maiden voyage, a new image of the iceberg has surfaced.
While the sinking of the Titanic has long remained one of the most talked about disasters in history, what isn't quite so well known is the large chunk of ice that the ship struck before it sank.

Measuring 400ft long and weighing in at 1.5 million tons, this silent enemy was responsible for the deaths of more than 1,500 people who perished in the freezing waters of the Atlantic.

There do exist, however, photographs of the offending chunk of ice taken from other vessels.

One of these was taken two days before the Titanic sank by Captain W. Wood of the SS Etonian - a passenger ship that was also crossing the Atlantic at around the same time.

Wood had written the co-ordinates at which the image was taken on the back of the picture before sending it, along with a handwritten note, to his grandfather after reaching New York.

"I am sending you a sea picture, the Etonian running before a gale and the iceberg that sank the Titanic," he wrote. "We crossed the ice tracks 40hrs before her and in daylight so saw the ice easily and I got a picture."

Both items are expected to fetch around $15,000 at auction.

"There were never any photographs taken on board the Titanic of the iceberg, only images of ones in the same area in the days before and after," said auctioneer Andrew Aldridge.

"But Captain Wood's photograph must be the most likely of all of these images."

Source: Lad Bible | Comments (15)

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Comment icon #6 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
The photo from the ss Etonian is going up for £12,000 The photo from the Prinz Adalbert  went up for: Same auctioneers. But it is the iceberg from the ss Minia which Biggs thinks may  have been the one.   Note Aldridge (the auctioneer)  said: The provenance of the lot (2) until the one from the ss Etonian showed up?  BUT BUT BUT this photo has been sold before in 2012:  
Comment icon #7 Posted by Torviking 4 years ago
The thing that bugs me about the Titanic disaster is why is it always called mysterious? The ship hit an iceberg and sadly sank,where is the mystery. Just a point, nothing really to do with this, but I live about 2mins from Ismays house and We Smiths.
Comment icon #8 Posted by micahc 4 years ago
there is another picture in this article
Comment icon #9 Posted by spud the mackem 4 years ago
It matters not which iceberg caused the sinking , I've seen many icebergs on the Rotterdam to Baltimore run ,and back especially in winter around the Grand Banks area .The Titanic should Never have been going at full speed in sea containing Icebergs , I.M.O the Duty Officer on the ships bridge ,and the Captain were fully responsible , regardless whether the Owner wanted a record voyage . When you are within 10/15 miles of icebergs the sea calms and there is an oily look about it , and the cold increases dramatically ,and sometimes it turns very foggy ,  so the Titanic Officers should have rea... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Oniomancer 4 years ago
Not to mention it was at night.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Michelle 4 years ago
And the binoculars were in a locker no one had a key to.
Comment icon #12 Posted by jbondo 4 years ago
It's a bit more complicated than that. The hull was weakened by a coal fire a few weeks before the ship sank. Since the ships of the day only had a single hull, the Titanic was severely compromised by the heat of the fire. This is according to eyewitness testimony of said fire and photos that were discovered not long ago. In other words, had there never been a fire, the ship may very well have shoved the iceberg aside at the very least. Why would it operate in waters known to have drifting ice if it weren't built to handle it?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Robotic Jew 4 years ago
The mystery is why Rose didn't let Jack onto the door!
Comment icon #14 Posted by jethrofloyd 4 years ago
They said the ship was unsinkable. So how could the Titanic have sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic just four days into its maiden voyage?
Comment icon #15 Posted by Torviking 4 years ago
Because the bulkheads did not reach to the main deck. So one overflowed into the other. Jeeeze.

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