Watch The Titanic Sink- In Real Time
It's been over 100 hundred years since the White Star Line Olympic-Class Ocean Liner RMS Titanic set sail on it's first (SPOILER ALERT) and last voyage to New York in 1912. She weighed over 45,000 tons, had ten deck levels, and could carry almost 2,500 passengers. If you've already seen the epic 1997 James Cameron film, aptly named "Titanic" staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, you're already familiar with the monstrous size of the vessel. You'll also know that it struck an iceberg on April 14th, just before midnight a few days into the maiden voyage and sank rather quickly- in movie time of course. Although in all fairness, it was a double VHS set.
In reality, the ship took 2 hours and 40 minutes from the initial impact to completely slip under the icy-cold surface of the Atlantic Ocean, dragging down with her enumerable and irreplaceable artifacts and unimaginable carnage. There were only enough lifeboats for half of the people onboard. Had the ship been at full capacity, it would have only been a for a third. And still, due to the lack of training for evacuation procedures given to the crew, some boats were launched half full. The loss of life that night was totaled at about 1,500 souls.
I happened upon a video that demonstrates what the experience would have looked and sounded like in second for second real time. I couldn't resist the click. I've been an avid fan of the disaster since I was young. It also featured interior as well as exterior points of view.
The presentation is devoid of music. Instead it has a realistic track playing over the entire video where the ship noises, creaking, ocean water, gunshots, and chaos can be heard. It's an uncanny valley and is as eerie as all get out. It definitely wasn't a love story, however it was somewhat romantic. At first, I wondered how the demonstration would keep me captive, but after a few minutes of watching, I couldn't look away. It's captioned at poignant points of time during the two hour and forty minute video. I did have to watch it in 3 sittings, not by my choice, but by necessity of being an adult with chores and responsibilities. Otherwise, I would have watched it from start to finish without interruptions. I may watch it again soon! It's quite a sobering and humbling experience and not one that I was prepared for.
Director James Cameron had worked years on his award winning movie and it's very clear. The depiction of the sinking shown in his film is almost perfectly sequenced with how it's most currently known to have sank. Since the sinking we've had many advances in investigating these things yet there are still conspiracies and discrepancies of how the vessel ultimately reached the bottom of the sea. Regardless of how it really happened, the consequences of mismanaging a ship and it's passengers were real and many people lost their life in this terrible accident.
Experience the sinking of the Titanic below!