Auctioneers have unearthed an original photograph of the gigantic iceberg that sunk the Titanic nearly 100 years ago, or at least so they claim.
The photo was taken just hours after the ship went down by a passenger aboard the RMS Carpathia, a Cunard Lines transatlantic liner made famous after rescuing over 700 survivors from their lifeboats.
RR Auctions explains the photograph:
Original unsigned vintage first generation photo of the Titanic wreck site, 5.25 x 3.5, taken aboard the Carpathia on the morning of April 16, 1912. Photo shows the frozen north Atlantic, with two icebergs off in the distance, and visible in the upper right corner, the hull of a lifeboat, with a hauling rope passing diagonally through the image. Given the position of the rope, this lifeboat likely belonged to the Titanic, as the Carpathia delivered the Titanic’s lifeboats to New York. Photo was taken by Mabel Fenwick, a newlywed passenger on the Carpathia. She took numerous photographs that day, and provided this one to John Snyder, whom she befriended on the boat.
Now, whether or not the iceberg is the actual iceberg responsible for sinking the unsinkable can be debated, but how many massive icebergs were in the immediate vicinity of the scene and large enough to do the duty? Judging from the photograph, not many.
The photograph, along with other Titanic memorabilia, is being auctioned off on April 19th as part of RR Auction’s 100-Year Anniversary Titanic auction. Bidding for the photo starts at $300.