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Images mark 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic

By: Katherine Butler on April 2, 2012, 1:27 p.m.
Titanic's bow

Photo: NOAA

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A tragedy turned legend

After the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912, the ship plummeted about 12,000 feet to a watery grave on the seabed of the North Atlantic. Less than a third of the ship's 2,240 passengers and crew would survive the night.

Now, 100 years later, the Titanic’s story of hubris and heroism continues to captivate us. The world’s largest and most luxurious ship at the time, Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912, from Southampton, England. After the ship's fateful meeting with the iceberg, 1,517 people lost their lives in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. For a ship deemed “virtually unsinkable,” the sinking cemented its place as the world’s most famous shipwreck.

Here are 10 images of Titanic captured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and others. Pictured here is the bow of the RMS Titanic, submerged 12,000 feet below the surface. (Text: Katherine Butler)