April 15th 2018 marks 106 years since the unthinkable happened, the unsinkable Titanic disappeared, and with it over 1500 passengers, many of them on a journey to find better fortune.
On April 10th, the Titanic, although registered in Liverpool, left Southampton (closer to London and many of its 1st and 2nd class passengers). After a stop in Cherbourg, it stopped again and for its last time in Queenstown (Ireland). It would never reach another port.
At 23h40 on the 14th of April 1912, four days into its maiden voyage, she hit an iceberg on its starboard side. At 2h20 in the darkest hours of the 15th, she settled for a few instants before sinking entirely.
The first passengers, fortunate or rich enough to have had the privilege of boarding a lifeboat, would only be rescued 2 hours after, at 4:10am, by the Carpathia.
History would make the Titanic more than a tragedy. She would become a symbol, a reminder, for generations to come of the folded ambitions and arrogance of man. It would put an end to an industrial age pushed to its limits, a time when it was believed that all was possible, when engineers and entrepreneurs rivaled to build bigger, faster, and more luxurious, and humanity marveled at the scale of its own technological achievements.
2 years later, the world would enter another era, with a Great war, and the lavish lifestyle and possibilities that Titanic had advertised would begin to dissolve.
But maybe you do not know that two Victorian writers had warned (Mr. William T. Stead) or predicted this event years before the conception of the ship (Mr. Morgan Robertson)… many of their readers may add with frightfully accurate details.
Below are three of the last pictures taken of the ship, including one photograph, believed to be the last one of the mighty ship, taken from the shore off Queenstown, as people said their last goodbye, a final farewell.