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Images mark 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic

April 2, 2012, 1:27 p.m.
illustration from “The Sinking of the Titanic and Other Great Sea Disasters”

Photo: NOAA Central Library Historic Collections

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The sinking

Under “a clear, moonless sky,” Titanic sailed into history on the North Atlantic on April 14, 1912. Among sporadic reports of ice, the ship sped through calm seas. When a lookout spotted ice at 11:30 p.m., the ship turned quickly, sideswiping the iceberg. This tore a 300-foot gash into the ship’s side, breaching five of the ship’s watertight compartments. An hour after the ship hit the iceberg, Capt. Edward John Smith ordered the launch of Titanic’s lifeboats. Almost three hours later, the forward deck of the Titanic slipped underwater. The ship split apart and sank at 2:20 a.m. on April 15. Pictured here is a 1912 illustration of “the nature of the injury sustained by the Titanic,” from “The Sinking of the Titanic and Other Great Sea Disasters” by Logan Marshall.