18 Rare and Incredible RMS Titanic Pictures

The sinking of the RMS Titanic remains one of the great tragedies of the 20th century. On its maiden voyage from Southampton, UK, to New York City, the Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg on April 15th, 1912. It only took several hours for the massive ship to sink below the surface. Of the estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, more than 1,500 perished. It was the deadliest cruise ship catastrophe in maritime history. The event has fascinated people for decades, with Titanic pictures and movies and books based on the disaster keeping the memory of the sinking alive.

The luxury liner cost $7 million (equivalent to $200 million today) to build and was the largest ship of its time when disaster struck. The first-class cabins were top of the line and hosted a selection of wealthy Europeans. On the lower levels, hundreds of immigrants gathered, hoping for a better life in the United States of America. While the RMS Titanic now lies at the bottom of the ocean, photographic evidence of the ship still exists. These photos allow us to view the ship in all its glory before things all went to shit.

So read on to discover more about the Titanic disaster and what the ship really looked like.

1. Setting Sail

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Here is a picture of the RMS Titanic as it begins its journey across the North Atlantic ocean. The ocean liner was 882 feet 9 inches in length and took three years to build.

2. Four Funnels

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This is a great photo of the four funnels of the Titanic. Although it only needed three, designers thought adding the fourth funnel would make the Titanic look grander. From the base of the ship to the top of the funnels the Titanic was 175 feet high. Two men died while building the Titanic, a sign of the tragedy that was to come.

3. First Class Reception

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This part of the Titanic was where passengers could relax before heading up the main staircase to their rooms.

4. Grand First-Class Staircase

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The most iconic interior of the Titanic was this grand staircase. It was the centerpiece of the first-class area and featured wood carvings, wrought iron railings, and a glass dome overhead.

5. Port Side A-Deck Promenade

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The decks of the Titanic were quite wide and featured wooden chairs for passengers to relax in and catch some rays. This great shot of the boat deck shows how roomy it was.

6. Parisian Cafe

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This was an eatery for the first-class passengers. It was meant to resemble a sidewalk in Paris and even had French waiters serving. It was another unique area of the unfortunately named unsinkable ship.

7. Barber Shop

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What cruise ship would be complete without a barber shop. Not only could passengers get their haircut, but the store sold plenty of souvenirs, postcards, and knick-knacks.

8. Smoking Room

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As the name implies, this was where the smokers would come to congregate. The room featured lots of beautifully crafted wood furniture, stained glass windows, and plush carpets.

9. Reading and Writing Room

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This space had lots of light thanks to the large windows that looked out on the Atlantic Ocean. Guests could spend their time here reading and writing letters. While passengers couldnâ€