The RMS Titanic Image Library Archival Collection
All our RMS Titanic-related images, organized by source, date, and page, are used throughout this section to illustrate the numerous articles, essays, and other items.
Images by Topic
- Cartoons and Commentary Illustrations
- Books, Magazines, & Other Covers
- Charts, Tables, Diagrams, Graphs, Maps
- Deck Plans
- Machinery, Engines, Equipment
- News (Newspapers, Periodicals, Public Reaction to the Sinking)
- New York
- Officers and Crew
- Passenger Lists & Manifests
- Ship's Exterior
- Ship's Interior
- Sinking of the Titanic
- Survivors at New York
- Survivors in the UK
- Survivors on the Carpathia
- Telegraph Equipment
- The Titanic Under Construction
- US Senate Hearings
- SS Carpathia Images - Exterior
- SS Carpathia Interior Photographs
- RMS Carpathia Images - Miscellaneous
- RMS Olympic Images
Images Sourced from Books
Cunard Line Handbook To the Mediterranean, Adriatic, and The Continent of Europe, published December 1905. The Information comprised in this book had been prepared for the use of passengers traveling by the Cunard Hungarian-American Line from New York to the Mediterranean and Adriatic. The handbook is noteworthy for its many maps of ports of call and for a superb photographs of the Carpathia, rescue ship of the Titanic.
I believe vessels have been lost which had on board sufficient power in their auxiliary pumps to save the ship, but owing to the bad arrangement of same it was impossible for them to be used. I will deal with these matters more minutely in later chapters, and endeavor to state some actual cases.
Learn more about the disaster that befell the Titanic and caused the untimely deaths of 1,517 passengers in this gripping first-hand account from survivor Lawrence Beesley. Originally published a mere nine weeks after one of the most profound maritime disasters in human history, The Loss of the Titanic, written by one of the survivors, shed new light on the tragedy and leveled troubling charges of classism against some of the rescuers.
Loss of the steamship "Titanic" ; report of a formal investigation into the circumstances attending the foundering on April 15, 1912, of the British steamship "Titanic", of Liverpool, after striking ice in or near latitude 41 ̊46' N., longitude 50 ̊14' W., North Atlantic Ocean / as conducted by the British government.
A memorial book to honor the memory of Major Archibald W. Butt and Mr. Francis D. Millet. It has been suggested (And this suggestion has the approval or the president) that an enduring memorial be erected on public grounds in Washington.
Nelson's Perpetual Loose-Leaf Encyclopaedia. The publishers issue to subscribers twice a year not less than 250 revised pages—in March and in October, thereby making Nelson's Encyclopaedia always new and abreast of the times. Nelson's Contains a complete account of the S.S. Titanic disaster preparared by experts.
In this book the thrilling story is set forth clearly, the facts about the ship and the voyage, the passengers, the pathetic details of the wreck, the first-hand accounts of the survivors. The whole sad story is here.
Colonel Gracie, who was one of the survivors of the disaster but who died within a year of the disaster never having recovered from the shock caused by his experience and by what he witnessed sets forth a connected account of the events and circumstances before and after the sinking of the ship.
Images pertaining to the Titanic disaster or its aftermath, published in An Unsinkable Titanic: Every Ship Its Own Lifeboat by J. Bernard Walker, Editor of the Scientific American. Published New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1912. Published, July, 1912.
Wreck and Sinking of the Titanic : The Ocean's Greatest Disaster : A Graphic and Thrilling Account of the Sinking of the Greatest Floating Palace Ever Built, Carrying down to Watery Graves More Than 1,500 Souls : Giving Exciting Escapes from Death and Acts of Heroism Not Equaled in Ancient or Modern Times, Told by the Survivors : Including History of Icebergs, the Terror of the Seas, Wireless Telegraphy and Modern Shipbuilding / Edited by Marshall Everett, the Great Descriptive Writer.
Images Sourced from Periodicals
Images pertaining to the Titanic disaster or its aftermath, published in The American Medicine Magazine published by American Medical Publishing Company of Burlington, VT and New York, NY.
Prints no fiction and no poems. Timely and authoritative articles, from 2000 to 6000 words, on politics, science, religion, art, literature, finance, etc., and character sketches of prominent people. Also uses occasional transcript of articles from foreign publications.
Uses articles of news-interest on public men and world-events, preferably illustrated. For short fiction the editorial department reports that Collier’s is going to make a specialty of short-stories and articles of from 2000 to 5000 words in length.
Images pertaining to the Titanic disaster or its aftermath, published in The Cunard Daily Bulletin, published by the Cunard Steamship Company, Ltd., and printed daily aboard their transatlantic liners from the early 1900s to about 1915.
The Daily Graphic, a London morning daily, was launched in 1890, coexisting for 36 years with the sturdy weekly newspaper, The Graphic, that outlived it. It was illustrated with line drawings and woodcuts as photoengraving and halftone was considered too complex a process.
Images pertaining to the Titanic disaster or its aftermath, published in Harper's Weekly, A Journal of Civilization. It was an American political magazine based in New York City. Published by Harper & Brothers from 1857 until 1916.
Images pertaining to the Titanic disaster or its aftermath, published in Ice and Cold Storage: An Illustrated Review of the Ice-Making, Cold Storage, and Refrigerating Industries, was published by Iliffe & Sons of London.
Focused on articles not exceeding 1100 words in length, on subjects of general interest and news value. Some short-stories, not exceeding 4000 words, and an occasional serial is used.
Focused largely in affairs, both current and otherwise. Prefers articles on any timely subject, especially of a public or political nature. They must have, as a rule, news value.
Images pertaining to the Titanic disaster or its aftermath, published in International Marine Engineering, published monthly in New York by Aldrich Publishing Co., Inc. from 1906 to 1920.
Images pertaining to the Titanic disaster or its aftermath, published in The International Steam Engineer, Official Journal of the International Union of Steam Engineers, a monthly publication in New York by The Stationary Engineers Publishing Company.
Uses modern short-stories from 2600 to 7500 words, not merely character sketches, but real stories, with the characters revealed and illuminated by action; serials of not more than 40,000 words; a complete novelette in each issue; anecdotes of important people, and jokes, original or clipped, for That Reminds Me Department and Personal pages; groups of photographs that visualize a timely idea, a something new in human achievement.
They use business fiction—short, snappy stories, full of red blood, or the kind of wholesome humor that makes you chuckle; up-to-date feature articles with news interest, accompanied by sharp, clear photographs; educational lay-outs that tell interesting stories in photographs alone, with full explanatory captions. Articles typically from 2000 to 3000 words in length. Specialty is news photos of national interest.
The Literary Digest, an influential American general interest weekly magazine published by Funk & Wagnalls. All their material is condensed from other periodicals or from books with extensive use of news photographs.
For officials of companies engaged in shipbuilding, ship operation, and terminals, lighterage, storage, etc.
Images pertaining to the Titanic disaster or its aftermath, published in The Moving Picture News, The Motion Picture News was an American film industry trade paper published from 1910 to 1930.
The National Magazine publishes exceptionally striking photographs of extreme current interest, accompanied by descriptions. They are using stories of about 500 or 1500 words, snappy and anecdotal sketches concerning prominent people or men who have been doing things. They also utilize photographs of these people to illustrate the articles.
The Nautical Gazette is a technical journal dealing with ship construction and navigation in general—as a science and a practice. Features articles relating to shipping, shipbuilding, harbors, waterways, etc.
The New York American was a daily paper published by the Star Company from 1902-1937. The GG Archives has the 17 April 1912 issue of this paper that dealt primarily with the Titanic Disaster and its aftermath.
The New York Observer, a Presbyterian weekly included articles traditionally about New York and life in New York City. Includes religious, current news and political articles.
Outlook Magazine uses photographs relating to current events in their pictorial department and occasionally use pictures to illustrate articles, generally supplied by the author.
Popular Mechancis focuses on new developments in the field of science, mechanics, industry, invention and discovery — accurate facts accompanied by sharp photos showing the features.
Power - Devoted to the Generation and Transmission of Power, Published New York: Hill Publishing Company. Coverage of the story of the Titanic from 1911 during its construction through the aftermath of the disaster in 1912.
Public Domain Images in the United States Sourced from Public Domain Image Sites, Wikipedia, and others, having explicit denotation of no longer being under copyright.
A good magazine for the advancement of seamen in the Mercantile Marine that presents a general view of the seaman's cause, commending it earnestly to the sympathies, the prayers, and the benefactions of all Christian people.
The Scientific American is not a technical journal. It is a journal that simplifies science. It tells its readers about everything taking place in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering; aviation, steamship, railroad and general transportation; chemistry, foodstuffs, and natural history; new ideas and inventions; and so on.
One of the most important American illustrated literary magazines. It speaks to an intellectual audience and its fiction and articles must be strictly high-class. One of the chief markets for the informed travel article, written by an explorer of repute, naturalist of reputation, or the like—if illustrated by the author or by members of the same expedition, all the better.
Describes the various uses to which electricity is put on board the two latest White Star Liners, the Olympic and Titanic. These include, besides lighting, powere for winches, cranes, fans, water-tight doors, and stoking and helm indicators. The cooling and heating equipment are also electrically worked, while a complete telephone and wireless installation is to be found on board. The differences between marine and land practice are noted.
Images Pertaining to the Titanic Disaster or Its Aftermath, Published in the Shipbuilder - a Quarterly Magazine Devoted to the Shipbuilding, Marine Engineering, and Allied Industries, This Section Is About the White Star Line in General.
The builders of the Olympic and Titanic, the celebrated firm of Harland & Wolff, Limited, have had unrivalled experience in the construction of large passenger vessels, and the new White Star liners but add another triumph to the many which they have to their credit.
The structural design of the Olympic and Titanic is shown by the midship section (Fig. 14) and the elevation on Plate III. There are eight steel decks amidships—the boat deck, promenade deck (A), bridge deck (B), shelter deck (C), saloon deck (D), upper deck (E), middle deck (F), and lower deck (G)—while at the ends an extra deck—known as the orlop deck—is fitted, making nine decks in all.
The combination of reciprocating engines with a Parsons low-pressure turbine, which has been adopted for the propelling machinery of the Olympic and Titanic, is one of the latest examples of progress in marine engineering. The superior economy of the system is due to the fact that increased power is obtained with the same steam consumption by expanding the steam in the low-pressure turbine beyond the limits possible with the reciprocating engine. Messrs. Harland & Wolff were among the first to see the advantages of the combination arrangement and to put the system to the test of actual experience. This was done in the case of the Laurentic, already referred to, and the successful results obtained with this vessel led to the introduction of engines of the combination type in the new White Star liners and other vessels built and building at Belfast.
The refrigerating installation on board the Olympic- and Titanic embodies all the latest facilities for efficient cold storage, ship’s provision rooms, situated aft on the lower and orlop decks are most extensive, and include separate cold chambers for beef, mutton, poultry and game, fish, vegetables, fruit, milk and butter, bacon and cheese, flowers, mineral waters, wine and spirits, and champagne, which can thus be kept at the temperatures most suitable for preservation in each case.
Full advantage has been taken of the great size of the Olympic and Titanic to provide passenger accommodation of unrivalled extent and magnificence. As will be seen from the deck plans reproduced in Plates III., IV. and V., the arrangement has been most carefully considered from all points of view, and the excellent result achieved defies improvement.
Electricity is extensively employed in all the departments of the Olympic and Titanic. In addition to the large supply required for lighting purposes, electrical power is used for many uses. The electrical installation, therefore, may virtually be termed the nerve system of the ship. Indeed the application of electricity is so general that much of the electrical equipment is necessarily described in the other sections of this book.
The working arrangements on board the Olympic and Titanic are necessarily on a scale in keeping with the great size of the vessels. The number of crew employed on board each ship for all purposes is about 860. Of these about 65 belong to the navigating department, 320 are employed in the engineers’ department, and 475 are engaged in the stewards’ and catering department.
The 31st May, 1911, will remain notable in the annals of shipbuilding and ship owning as witnessing the launch of the Titanic and the departure from Belfast of the Olympic, two vessels which may truly be said to mark an intensely interesting epoch in the history of the mercantile marine.
Plates from the Special Issue of The Shipbuilder that provide detailed deck plans, sectional views, Elevation of Boiler Rooms Nos 1 and 2, Elevation of Engine Rooms, and a Plan of the Engine Rooms. Deck Plans are provided for Boat Deck and Promenade Deck A, Poop Deck, Bridge Deck B, Forecastle Deck, Shelter Deck C, Saloon Deck D, Upper Deck E, Middle Deck F, Lower Deck G, Orlop Deck, Lower Orlop Deck, and Tank Top.
The Sphere: An Illustrated Newspaper for the Home was a British newspaper, published by London Illustrated Newspapers weekly from 27 January 1900 until the closure of the paper on 27 June 1964.
British trade magazine with substantive articles on the ships and shipping industry, known for their excellence in reporting and production. Covers construction, ship tonnage, and fleets, maritime law, steamship passenger and freight companies, and more.
Technical World Magazine is not a dry journal of scientific lore, but a modern, up-to-date, intensely interesting monthly, full of snap and ginger, and blood warming tales of the big things that men are doing everywhere.
The Universal Engineer was the official publication of the Universal Craftsmen Council of Engineers of the World. The organization includes Engineers, Electricians, Plumbers and Steam Fitters, Woodworkers, Printing Trades, and Sheet Metal Workers. The focus of the magazine are the Engineers, Electricians, Plumbers, and Woodworkers.
The World To-day: A Monthly Record of Human Progress started out to be a current encyclopedia, embodies with its original idea many important literary features. Its pictures are valuable for their variety and peculiar distinctness.
Cover images from the many Titanic books in the GG Archives Library that help to illustrate how the vast amount of literature including both scholarly and popular sources to form a fully comprehensive discussion of the ship, disaster, and aftermath of the Titanic.
Charts and Graphs created by the GG Archives to provide graphical insight to much of the hard data that is so prevalent in telling the story of the Titanic. Most were developed using Microsoft Excel.
Memorabilia, collectibles, and ephemera are terms often used interchangeably. The appeal of individual pieces lies in their design quality or their significance to a historically significant event, and in the case of the Titanic, a combination of the two conditions.
The Library of Congress is the repository for massive image collections that pertain to the Titanic disaster. Included in these commonly seen images are selections from Bain News Service and Harris & Ewing, among others.
Cover images from the many Titanic magazine and newspapers in the GG Archives Library that help to illustrate how the vast amount of literature including both scholarly and popular sources to form a fully comprehensive discussion of the ship, disaster, and aftermath of the Titanic.
Artificial collection of images pertaining to the RMS Titanic from newspaper sources where only a few photos are drawn. They are unordered but searchable using the GG Image ID or other terms.
The British Board of Trade Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960, recorded the names of people leaving from UK ports for destinations outside of Europe. While outbound passenger lists before 1890 have not survived, this collection still covers decades of peak emigration. It includes not only British citizens but also others who traveled through the UK on their way to other destinations.
Photographs about the Titanic disaster where the photographer or the attributable source is unknown or has not been determined.
These Film Stills (AKA Publicity Still or Production Still) are photographs of a scene in the Video. They are meant to illustrate one shot during the film and not intended to represent the content of the entire movie. Included in this series are the Hero Images from the Video, shown during setup.
Graphics produced by the White Star Line, the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company and the J. P. Morgan Steamship Trust.
A reproduction of a1911 brochure produced by the White Star Line that featured its newest vessels in their passenger fleet - the Olympic and Titanic. Most of the pamphlet was illustrated with artistic drawings with only a few photographs.