We had many more images for the "Did the Moon Sink the Titanic" article (S&T, April 2012) than we could print! Scroll through for a bonus selection of Titanic drawings and iceberg photos.
For many decades after the sinking of the Titanic, the prevailing theory held that the iceberg tore a large gash extending about 300 feet along the starboard side of the ship, as depicted in this illustration that was widely reproduced in magazines and newspapers in 1912. Recent theories assert that there was no long gash, but rather that the iceberg deformed the steel plates that formed the hull, popped rivets, and opened relatively small gaps between the plates.
The iceberg deposited a quantity of ice in the forward well deck of the Titanic during the collision. This 1912 illustration of the iceberg passing along the starboard side of the ship was based primarily on the account by Able Seaman Joseph Scarrott, who made his observations from the well deck.
At sunrise on April 15, 1912, the Titanic survivors in lifeboats saw that they were surrounded by a field of ice that included icebergs towering 150 to 200 feet above the water level. This depiction, titled â€œLâ€™Aurore qui suivit la nuit tragiqueâ€ (â€œThe Dawn That Followed the Tragic Nightâ€), appeared in the French periodical Lâ€™Illustration in 1912.
The Titanic survivors in the lifeboats were rescued by the Carpathia on the morning of April 15, 1912.
As icebergs travel from the Arctic to the North Atlantic shipping lanes, they can drift into shallow water and run aground along the coasts of Labrador and Newfoundland. This grounded iceberg lies in Logy Bay, Newfoundland, just below the buildings of Memorial Universityâ€™s Ocean Sciences Center.
This photograph shows five grounded iceberg near the harbor of Twillingate, Newfoundland. Tidal streams could help to erode the bases of grounded icebergs, and the high waters during perigean spring tides could play a role in refloating grounded icebergs, especially those that ran aground at the time of a normal high water.
Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism
Glaciers on the west side of Greenland are the source for the vast majority of the icebergs carried by ocean currents into the North Atlantic shipping lanes. The ends of the glaciers are broken off and set adrift as icebergs in the process known as calving. Ice and water dominate the scene at the an especially prolific site, Jakobshavn Glacier in the DiskÃ¸ Bay region of western Greenland.