Photo may show iceberg that sank Titanic

On April 12, 1912, Captain W. F. Wood aboard the steamer S. S. Etonian photographed a massive iceberg with a distinctive elliptical shape. Wood found the picture remarkable enough to print it out and annotate it with the current latitude and longitude.

Two days later, on April 14, the “unsinkable” Titanic struck an iceberg and sank to bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. That iceberg had the same elliptical shape, according to sketches made on the ship. Wood had captured the remarkable piece of ice, said Craig Sophin, a Titanic expert and consultant to the auctioneers.

“There were probably thousands in the North Atlantic at that time — but few that looked like this iceberg,” Sophin told “This was such a huge monster, with such an unusual shape … it’s like a snowflake, no two are exactly alike.”

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  1. midget says:

    As a Titanic nut, to think a photo was taken before the incident is incredible. It reminds me of the poem written by Thomas Hardy “The Convergence of the Twain” where the inevitable was to happen regardless of the warnings.

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