It took “only” 108 years, but we finally got a clear view of the iceberg that sank the legendary Titanic on April 12, 1912, claiming the lives of over 1,500 passengers and crew. sailor.
More specifically, a photo claimed to be about the iceberg has just appeared. It is believed to be the only real photo of the iceberg and was taken about 40 hours before the Titanic hit it, according to information from The Independent. This rare photo was taken by W. Wood, who served as the captain of the SS Etonian ship on April 12 of the same year.
This photo was taken by W. Wood, who served as the captain of the SS Etonian ship on April 12, 1912
As a hobby photographer, he took photos of the iceberg and carefully recorded its position coordinates. When he docked in New York, he knew what happened to the Titanic, then went to process the picture and after comparing the coordinates, declared that it was the same iceberg. He then sent the photo to his grandfather, along with a letter explaining the conclusion.
“I sent him a picture of the sea, the Etonian that ran before the wind and the ice to sink the Titanic. We passed the ice 40 hours before the Titanic and in the daytime so we saw the ice easily and immediately took a picture,”Wrote Wood’s letter, based on The Independent.
Both the historical witness photo and letter are now being auctioned off, and the single photo has been estimated to fetch around £ 12,000 (approximately 351 million). Henry Aldridge, an auction expert, said this was probably the only pre-collision photograph of the iceberg, because other photos from the area were all after the tragedy happened.
Obviously, people have no way to confirm that this is exactly the iceberg, but based on eyewitness witnesses and a sketch painting by the first person to realize it shows a similar appearance. copper. So this is probably a picture of the Titanic sinking ice. Or this is simply a picture over 100 years old of an iceberg that is being offered for sale.