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Pictured above is a photo of what is thought to be the iceberg that the RMS Titanic struck, leading to its sinking. -
Around 11:30 p.m., after hearing reports from other ships that there was ice in nearby waters, a lookout saw an iceberg, despite the foggy conditions, and rang a warning bell. He then phoned the bridge to alert them. The operators did everything they could to dodge the object and managed to turn the ship, apparently only grazing the side of the structure. -
Unbeknownst to them, the iceberg had an enormous underwater spur, and that spur had done an catastrophic amount of damage to the hull of the ship, leaving a gash that was roughly 300-feet long. Before too long, the bottom of the ship began to fill with water, and the bulkheads (compartments which were supposed to be watertight and were supposed to assist in making the ship “unsinkable”) were rapidly filling with water, as the ship had pitched, allowing water to flow from one compartment to the next. -
Initially, they thought the ship would only float for about an hour and a half. However, it took roughly four hours for the ship to sink.