Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The last known photo of the RMS Titanic afloat

The last known photo of the RMS Titanic is of the ship leaving Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland on April 12th, 1912 where it had stopped before heading westwards towards New York. Three days after this photo was taken 1,514 people would be dead and the Titanic would be on the bottom of the North Atlantic after colliding with an Iceberg in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
According to Time Magazine this photo was taken by Irish Jesuit priest Francis Browne “who sailed with the ship for the first leg of its journey, from Southampton, England, to Cobh, Ireland, then called Queenstown. And he would have stayed for the remainder of the transatlantic journey, too, having received an offer of a ticket from a wealthy family he befriended while on board. When Browne reached Cobh, however, he received a note from his clerical superior, ordering him to return to his station immediately rather than sail on.”

Fact: The forth funnel was just for show, it had no real purpose. Actually while it served no purposes as an exhaust for the boilers rooms. It did serve as an extra ventilation shaft and vent system for the galley. The ventilation shafts did not require the funnel, it was more about the prestige, " the fourth was just for show. The designers thought the ship would look more impressive with four funnels rather than three. "

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