- A photo that supposedly shows the iceberg that sank it Titanic was recently auctioned off and was supposed to sell for somewhere in the ballpark of $ 10,000-15,000.
- The photo was taken by another ship’s captain, W. Wood of the SS Etonian, in a location that closely coincides with the location of the ship’s impact with the iceberg.
- It remains unclear whether the iceberg shown in the photo is the iceberg that sank the unfortunate ship, but there is strong evidence to support the claim.
A rare photo allegedly shows the iceberg that sank the RMS TitanicThe photo was reportedly taken just 40 hours before the ice was scraped off on April 1
“Iceberg captured by Captain Wood SS Etonian at 41 ° 50N 49 ° 50W
April 12, at 4 p.m. 1913
The Titanic struck April 14th and sank in 3 hours. “
Oddly enough, Captain Wood dated his picture in 1913, although the Titanic sank in 1912. Loud The independent“Photo is from 1913, but auctioneers say Capt. Wood’s letter confirms the picture.” No further information on the date discrepancy was released.
Still, there is strong evidence that Captain Wood captured the very same iceberg that sank the Unsinkable. Titanic. For one thing, the coordinates Wood given in the photo matched the original location of the iceberg almost perfectly. In addition, Wood sent the photo to a Billy Tucker along with a letter, which is also in the auction lot. In part of his letter, Wood wrote:
“I’ll send you a picture of the lake, the Etonian walking in front of a storm and the iceberg that sank the Titanic. We crossed the rinks 40 hours ahead of her and in daylight so we saw the ice easily and I got a picture. ”
According to auctioneer Andrew Aldridge, the photo of Captain Wood goes incredibly well with the sketches made by both a lookout who discovered the iceberg and a crew member who also saw the crowd firsthand.
“Your sketches are similar to the iceberg in this photo and have the same distinctive shape at the top,” says Aldridge. While there seems to be overwhelming evidence to confirm that the photo actually shows the famous iceberg that sank it TitanicIt is impossible to know for sure.
This is not the first time an alleged photo of the infamous iceberg has been put up for auction. In 2015 a grainy photo taken in 1912 by M. Linoenewald, the SS chief administrator Prince Adalbertappeared again. It is reported that the steward wrote a note on the photo in which he said:
“The day after the sinking of the Titanic, the steamer Prinz Adalbert passed the iceberg shown in this photo. We were not yet aware of the Titanic disaster. There was a distinct red color on one side that looks like it was created by scraping a jar on the iceberg. SS Prinz Adalbert Hamburg America Line. “
Nevertheless, Linoenewald’s photo remains unconfirmed. Nor is this the first time anyone has tried to identify the iceberg that sank the iceberg Titanic. The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) published a paper in which they analyzed iceberg risk in 1912 and found that, while the year was “indeed unusual,” it was for the number of icebergs – 1,038 crossed 48 ° N – in Atlantic waters , in which the ship went down, “that number does not even reach the 90th percentile of the annual number distribution.”
There are also several reports of passing ships with crew and passengers claiming to have seen the iceberg that supported the Titanic to his watery grave. Still, a definite way to identify yourself the Iceberg that hit the ship remains elusive. The ship sailed through waters full of icebergs in the year it made its first – and only – voyage, but according to the RMetS paper, “1912 was a significant ice year, but [it was] not extreme. ”
The photo and letter from Captain Wood are part of a larger catalog from Titanic Memorabilia that were also auctioned. The iceberg photo and Wood’s letter sold for between $ 10,000 and $ 15,000.
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