At 11:40 pm ship’s time on 14 April 1912, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg. Just two hours and forty minutes later, the hull broke, taking the luxury liner and over one thousand people still aboard into the sea. It remains one of the greatest disasters in maritime history.
In Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town, John Welshman gathered 25 pictures of this ill-fated voyage together and we’d like to share a few with you.
Author John Welshman offers a minute-by-minute account of the doomed liner’s last hours, based on a representative cross-section of those who sailed in her: men and women, old and young, passengers and crew, wealthy and poor. Drawing on published autobiographical accounts, diaries, private papers, archival materials, and a wide array of other sources, Titanic: The Last Night of a Small Town offers a unique account of one of the most memorable disasters in modern history.
John Welshman is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Lancaster University. He is the author or editor of six books on twentieth-century British social history, including Churchill’s Children: The Evacuee Experience in Wartime Britain. Read John Welshman’s previous posts “One Voyage, Two Thousand Stories,” “Fellowes and the Titanic,” and “Everyday people aboard the Titanic.”