Everyone should recognize this haunting photograph as the ill-fated RMS Titanic, which was advertised as being unsinkable when it set sail in April of 1912. As we know, two days into its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, it sank in the north Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg.
Of the 2,224 passengers on board, 1,500 died, partly because there were only enough life boats available for one-third of the ship’s capacity. The story of the RMS Titanic is one that is known well around the world, even to this day. 104 years later, the black and white photo taken of the Titanic before she set sail still has the ability to send a chill down one’s spine, because her story and the story of the people on board is so gripping and tragic.
Many ocean liners and ships have sunk since, but for some reason it is always the Titanic that is the most memorable. Seeing the picture of the final preparations for Titanic’s first and only voyage is like looking at a picture of dead men walking.