33 Rare Titanic Photos From Before And After The Sinking

Published November 20, 2016
Updated November 6, 2018

From its construction to the aftermath of its sinking, these seldom-seen Titanic photos reveal the infamous tragedy like never before.

Building The Titanic
The Titanic under construction. Library of Congress

Unfinished Ship
The Titanic unfinished at Belfast on May 31, 1911.Wikimedia Commons

Contruction Dock
Under construction.Wikimedia Commons

Titanic Photos
The Titanic, ready to be launched. Library of Congress

Pictures Of The RMS Titanic
Titanic leaving Belfast for sea trials on April 2, 1912.Wikimedia Commons

Chain For Titanic Anchor
Men stand with the giant chain links that were forged for the ship's Hingley anchor, 1910.Instagram

Arrival Olympic
The Olympic, the Titanic's sister ship, docked in New York City on the same day that the Titanic left Southampton, England.Library of Congress

Gym Inside The Titanic
The first-class gymnasium.Wikimedia Commons

Titanic Reading And Writing Room
The ship's reading and writing room.Wikimedia Commons

Titanic Stateroom
A stateroom abord the Titanic.Wikimedia Commons

Interior Of The Titanic
Another of the ship's many staterooms.Wikimedia Commons

Titanic Cafe Parisien
The ship's Café Parisien.Wikimedia Commons

Iceberg Responsible For Sinking RMS Titanic
The iceberg suspected of having sunk the RMS Titanic. This iceberg was photographed by the chief steward of the liner Prinz Adalbert on the morning of April 15, 1912, just a few miles south of where the Titanic went down.Wikimedia Commons

Last Lifeboat
The last lifeboat off the Titanic.Wikimedia Commons

Wireless Operator
This composite of five mounted photographs shows the wireless operator on board receiving a distress call; life boats bringing the Titanic's survivors to the Carpathia, and Capt. Smith of the Titanic.Library of Congress

Life Boats From The Titanic
The Titanic's life boats on their way to the Carpathia.Library of Congress

A tugboat on its way to meet the Carpathia. Library of Congress

Survivors Of The Titanic Aboard The Carpathia
Survivors of the Titanic safely aboard the Carpathia.Library of Congress

Awaiting Survivors
A crowd gathers to await the arrival of the Titanic's survivors.Library of Congress

Titanic Photos
Another shot of the growing and anxious crowd.Library of Congress

Charlotte Collyer
Mrs. Charlotte Collyer with her daughter Marjorie, both of whom survived the disaster. Library of Congress

Interesting Titanic Photos
These French boys, brothers Michel (age four) and Edmond Navratil (age two) boarded the ship with their father, who assumed the name Louis Hoffman. Hoffman did not survive. This photo was taken before the orphans were properly identified. Library of Congress

Family Group
A young family of survivors.Library of Congress

Rostron Brown
Mrs. J.J. Brown ("The Unsinkable Molly Brown") presenting a trophy cup award to Carpathia Captain Arthur Henry Roston for his service in the rescue of the Titanic.Library of Congress

Baseball Game
Over 14,000 people attended a Yankees vs. Giants baseball game to raise funds for the RMS Titanic survivors.Library of Congress

George Cohan
Entertainer George M. Cohan (left) selling special Sunday copies of the New York American newspaper to benefit survivors and their families. Library of Congress

Horse Office
Outside the White Star Line office after the disaster. Library of Congress

Officers On The Titanic
Captain Arthur Henry Rostron next to the silver loving cup that Titanic survivors presented to him in May 1912.Library of Congress

Mrs Jj Brown
Mrs. J.J. Brown as she leaves the Carpathia. Library of Congress

Henry Rostron
Portrait of Captain Arthur Henry Rostron.Library of Congress

Stuart Collett
Stuart Collett, survivor of the Titanic.Library of Congress

Oscar Straus
Oscar Solomon Straus (United States Secretary of Commerce and Labor) with his wife Sarah at the 1915 dedication of Straus Memorial Park in New York City. This marked the third anniversary of the death of his brother Isidore Straus and his wife Ida on the Titanic.Library of Congress

Straus Memorial
Straus Memorial Park in New York City. The city had it built to commemorate those who died on board the Titanic.Library of Congress

Funeral Services
Funeral services in memory of the Titanic at Seamen's Church Institute, New York City. Library of Congress

It's been more than a century since the Titanic -- nicknamed the unsinkable ship -- made its fatal descent into the depths of the North Atlantic. At the time, the ship was the largest passenger ship on the seas and the largest man-made moving object on Earth, measuring 882-feet in length. At its maximum capacity, the ship could carry 3,547 people on board in both passengers and crew.

However, only 16 wooden lifeboats were brought aboard the ship. That was only enough to carry one-third of the ship's capacity. When the ship hit a 100-foot-tall glacier, more than 1,500 souls went down with the luxury liner in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912.

From pets to one of the world's richest men in John Jacob Astor IV, very few survived the unforgiving coldness of the Atlantic. Even the ship's captain met his end, with his famous last words being:

“Well boys, you've done your duty and done it well. I ask no more of you. I release you. You know the rule of the sea. It's every man for himself now, and God bless you.”

However, thanks to the RMS Carpathia's rescue efforts, some survived. Sadly, only 306 bodies were found after the sinking.

News of the rescue reached the public later that day, and crowds descended upon the docks to greet them. When the survivors hit land in New York's Pier 54 on April 18, the press scurried to interview and photograph them, some of whom you can see in the Titanic photos above, images that portray the full story of the doomed ship.

Enjoy these Titanic photos? Next, check out the only known video footage of the Titanic. Then, have a look at some astounding Titanic facts that most people don't know.

Erin Kelly
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.