A railing of rust
After it sunk, the Titanic became the center of a cultural storm. At least five boards of inquiry were launched as the public tried to come to terms with the sinking of an “unsinkable” ship. Historians note that there was disbelief and confusion at the real outcome, a belief that was exacerbated by conflicting news stories. People simply could not accept that this marvel of modern technology could be felled by nature. Pictured here is the starboard railing near the bow of the Titanic, photographed on June 1, 2004, by the NOAA ROV (remotely operating vehicle) Hercules.