Among the colorful characters and heart-wrenching stories that make up the tragic tale of the Titanic, the one that Mother Nature added to the narrative has perhaps remained the most mysterious.
What history tells us with near certainty is that on the evening of April 14, 1912, on a calm, clear, and moonless night (extremely rare for the North Atlantic), the Titanic’s starboard side glanced off an iceberg at 11:40 PM. The massive ship had been speeding (around 22 knots or 25mph) dangerously close to an ice field and may have course-corrected away from it and maneuvered accidentally directly into the path of the deadly berg.
Based on testimony from surviving crew members, the iceberg that doomed Titanic was a “dark-blue mass” between 30-60 feet high above the water line. Seamen Joseph Scarrott, who spied the berg once the ship had passed it, said it resembled in shape “the Rock of Gibraltar” with its highest point to the right.
Photos taken by those on board ships that entered the Titanic’s debris field hours and days after the tragedy have claimed to show the deadly iceberg. Some vessels were there to retrieve bodies, while others were simply following shipping lanes that took them within the area. One thing is for certain: there was lots of ice and icebergs the night Titanic sank. According to the Captain of the Carpathia, the ship that was first on the scene, more than twenty large bergs (some estimated at over 100ft tall) were observed.
Below in our gallery are some of the pictures of icebergs taken in the area of the Titanic disaster.
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