rms titanic


the Titanic musicians

“I don’t suppose he waited to be sent for, but after finding how dangerous the situation was, he probably called his men together and began playing. I know that he [bandmaster Wallace Hartley] often said that music was a bigger weapon for stopping disorder than anything on earth. He knew the value of the weapon he had, and I think he proved his point.”

Sometimes when I’m doing my research… reading about this ship and her crew. About the passengers crowded around the boats. Walking down Scotland road or the stokers and the greasers…

I can almost see her rivets.

I can almost smell that fresh paint.

I’ve caught myself lost in her corridors, white paneling that I can almost feel.

The chill off the water as it invades.

It’s almost too​ much sometimes.

How can you miss a place you’ve never seen?
Long for the warm smile of a person you’ve never met?


Unseen Titanic, from the April 2012 edition of National Geographic

Top: The First Class promenade on A Deck

Middle: The single surviving davit on the Boat Deck

Bottom: The Turkish Baths, only discovered on recent dives to the wreck - the art nouveau tiles, submerged in freezing salt water under incredible pressure for over a century, are in perfect condition

RMS Titanic under construction and fitting out by the Belfast shipbuilders Harland and Wolff. Date between 1909 and 1912.


That photo of the Titanic can more precisely be labeled as being taken between January and March 1912, although it was most likely taken in February 1912 since her funnels have been completed but the A-deck promenade has not yet been enclosed.