Snapshot of the iceberg that sank the Titanic

The photo was taken by accident two days before the disaster.

(ORDO NEWS) — The author of the picture was the captain of another ship – “Eaton” – W. Wood. He was fond of photography and captured a huge block of ice as his ship crossed the Atlantic along the same waterway as the Titanic.

Having safely reached New York, Wood developed the photo and sent it to his family along with a letter in which he stated that it was this iceberg that sank the Titanic.

Wood wrote: “I am sending you a sea picture: Eaton fleeing the storm and the iceberg that sank the Titanic.”

The Eaton captain added that his vessel crossed the section 40 hours before the sinking of the Titanic. Since it happened during the day, his team easily spotted and passed the iceberg. Wood also noted the coordinates of the location where the photo was taken, and they roughly coincide with the site where the Titanic sank.

As reported Daily Mail, over the past century, several images of icebergs have been found in the vicinity where the famous liner crashed. They were taken before and after the collision. However, Wood’s photograph seems to be the most believable, since the shape of the iceberg on it matches the sketches and descriptions of eyewitnesses of the crash.

The rare photograph will be sold at auction on June 20. The starting price of the lot will be 15,000.

The famous ocean liner Titanic was the largest ship of its time. It sank on the maiden voyage from Southampton to New York after hitting an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland. The disaster claimed the lives of 1496 people, 712 were saved. The wreckage of the ship, which split into two parts during the crash, was discovered in 1985.


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