At 1140pm, on April 14, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank.
Is this the iceberg?
This photo was taken the next morning by
the chief steward of the SS Prinz Adalbert. He wrote that
"The Titanic disaster was not yet known by us.
On one side red paint was plainly visible,
which has the appearance of having been made by the scraping of a vessel on the iceberg."
Newspaper reports of the time said that the visible part of the iceberg above the waterline
was anywhere between 50 to 100 feet high and 200 to 400 feet long.
The location, the reddish paint marks on the iceberg and the descriptions
of the survivors would indicate that this was the iceberg.
Experts are not sure, however.
There is a second photo of an iceberg that may also have been the one
that sank the Titanic.
This photo was taken by Captain Carteret of the SS Minia, and is from a U.S. Coast Guard archive.
Surviving passengers who saw the deadly iceberg later gave its approximate dimensions.
These reports roughly match the dimensions of the iceberg in Carteret's photo,
about 394 feet long by 98 feet high.
Some people believe that this is the actual iceberg that sank the Titanic.
Regardless, most experts believe that
the first photo is the real iceberg.
The photo was sold at auction in 2015 for more than $32,000.
RMS Titanic departed on its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912.
If only four compartments had flooded, the ship could have stayed afloat.
However, five became flooded...
1,503 people total died, including passengers and crew.
One of the first lifeboats to leave the Titanic carried only 28 people; it could have held 64 people.
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