Apr 15

Titanic Day

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"Untergang der Titanic"
Willy Stöwer, 1912
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"And as the smart ship grew In stature, grace, and hue, In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too." ~ The Convergence of the Twain (Lines on the loss of the Titanic), Thomas Hardy, 1912

The RMS Titanic, which disastrously sunk this day 1912 after a collision with an iceberg, was one of three massive luxury ocean liners (the Olympic, the Titanic, and the Britannic) built by The White Star Line to be the most luxurious liners afloat. Passengers could enjoy the swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, a gymnasium, sunrooms, fine dining rooms, and even a Turkish bath. The ship had "one hundred more first-class cabins than the Olympic, and a Parisian boulevard on B Deck to create the illusion of a sidewalk café. In 1912, an unusual peak number of icebergs for the year was recorded in April, nearly two and a half times as many icebergs as in an average year. On April 14, 1912, the Titanic received several wireless messages from other ships warning of ice along their routes, but they never reached the Titanic's captain. This tartan was supposedly reconstructed from a fragment and photo of a deck chair on the SS Titanic.

The RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK, to New York City, US.


The sinking resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 passengers and crew, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history.  The largest ship afloat at the time it entered service, the Titanic was the second of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line, and was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, with Thomas Andrews as her naval architect. Andrews was among those who died in the sinking. On her maiden voyage, she carried 2,224 passengers and crew.

This tartan was featured at 'Convergance - Atlanta' in 1999 supposedly reconstructed from a fragment and photo of a deck chair on the SS Titanic.

For more interesting facts from the History Channel about the sinking of the Titanic, click the illustration of "Untergang der Titanic", as conceived by Willy Stöwer, 1912.

Officially registered tartan graphics on this site courtesy of The Scottish Tartans Authority.  Other tartans from talented tartan artists may also be featured.

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