On this day in history 101 years ago, the now-legendary luxury ocean liner RMS Titanic was lost in the icy seas of the North Atlantic. Despite multiple warnings of the hazards in the water around them, the ship was charging ahead at near full speed on the dark night of April 14, 1912 when she struck an iceberg in the moments before midnight. In less than three hours, the ship was lost, with only 700 of its 2200 passengers surviving.
Since its sinking, stories of ghostly apparitions have dogged artifacts of the ill-fated ship, including rumors of hauntings at recent Titanic exhibits in Georgia and Las Vegas. You can also read up on the haunted history of Halifax, where recovered bodies of those lost on the Titanic were stored, or the ghost of Dr. Henry Washington Dodge, infamous survivor of the wreck. In the meantime, here is a gallery of fantastic photos of the tragic luxury liner before and after her doomed voyage. Enjoy!
See more photos at Titanic Photographs, National Geographic, and the History Channel.
– My Darling, My Ghost: Turn of the Century Spirit Photography
– And Still There Sits a Moonshine Ghost: The Legend of Penny Castle
– Dark Clouds Will Gather ‘Round Me: Town of Ghosts
Categories: History (Haunted and Otherwise), Paranormal Activities
I do find myself wondering when fascination with the Titanic will begin to fade. It possesses many elements that make for a story of enduring interest, but surely there will come a point at which the event feels too remote to the present generation? I wouldn’t dare to hazard a guess as to when that might be, however.
Oh, I suppose as long as there is a generation of girls who still moon when they hear “My Heart Will Go On,” we won’t see the end of it, darling.
Oh, that cherub is positively creepy. I love it!
I love the before and after ones.