Today, April 14, 2017, marks exactly 105 years since the infamous RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank during its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic, killing more than 1,500 passengers and crew.
To this day the sinking of the Titanic continues to be one the most famous shipwreck disasters in history, thanks in part to its lasting impact on the maritime industry with the creation of SOLAS and, more likely, the 1997 blockbuster Titanic.
A perfect example of this fascination with the historic event is why the video above reached YouTube’s most popular list and has since racked up more than 18 million views since it was uploaded one year ago.
The video shows a full, real-time recreation of the RMS Titanic sinking from its initial impact with the iceberg to its sinking below the waves some 2 hours and 40 minutes later. It was created as a promo for an upcoming video game named Titanic Honor & Glory, and includes overlaid text and sound to highlight some key moments in the event.
This is a complete animation; not a short animation that was slowed down to match real time. This is also highly accurate, though we have already documented improvements we plan to make for the final game. The animation includes text frequently appearing with what is happening on board the ship. This includes visuals of various interior rooms flooding, lifeboats launching, rockets firing, and the Californian on the horizon.
For those of you who don’t have 3 hours, below are some of the main points so you can skip ahead (these are according to the uploader, not us):
0:30 – Iceberg spotted.
1:05 – Titanic collides with iceberg.
6:06 – The ship has stopped as damage inspections are carried out.
7:44 – Captain Smith orders engines to ‘Half Ahead’.
19:41 – Titanic stops for the last time.
20:04 – Excess steam is vented.
38:08 – The Titanic begins taking on a ‘starboard list’.
43:03 – Thomas Andrews estimates 1-2 hours before the ship sinks.
46:23 – The first distress calls are sent out.
48:38 – Lights of another ship are spotted on the horizon.
53:07 – Most lifeboats are prepared to evacuate passengers.
58:20 – Carpathia responds to Titanic’s distress calls.
1:01:29 – Lifeboat 7 is launched.
1:05:03 – Lifeboat 5 is launched.
1:05:21 – The D-Deck gangway doors are opened.
1:06:04 – The telegraph operators begin using ‘SOS’.
1:07:22 – Lifeboat 5 encounters lowering difficulties.
1:08:02 – Officer Boxhall launches the first distress rocket in an attempt to signal the ship on the horizon.
1:10:24 – The Carpathia confirms it is on it’s way.
1:11:03 – Steam stops venting from the funnels.
1:13:20 – The starboard list is eliminated as Boiler Room 5 floods.
1:21:28 – Lifeboat 8 leaves.
1:28:22 – Suction pumps are activated.
1:31:33 – Lifeboat 6 is launched.
1:36:57 – Water is up to the Titanic’s nameplate.
1:39:37 – Titanic begins listing to port.
1:41:43 – Lifeboat 16 is launched.
1:46:54 – Lifeboat 14 is launched.
1:51:18 – Lifeboat 14 is dropped 4 feet into the sea from its falls after they jammed.
1:51:42 – Lifeboat 12 is launched.
1:52:29 – Lifeboat 9 is launched.
1:58:53 – Lifeboat 11 is launched.
2:00:41 – Lifeboat 13 is launched.
2:05:21 – Lifeboat 13 is pushed aft by the discharging condenser, jamming it on the falls.
2:05:50 – Lifeboat 15.
2:05:42 – Lifeboat 13 cannot release itself as Lifeboat 15 comes down on top of it.
2:07:07 – Lifeboat 13 is released and is pulled out from underneath Lifeboat 15 as 15 lands in the water.
2:07:38 – Lifeboat 2 is launched.
2:09:31 – The lights on the horizon disappear.
2:11:52 – Lifeboat 4.
2:12:22 – Lifeboat 10.
2:22:12 – It is now 2AM. The Titanic has 20 minutes left.
2:26:10 – Collapsible Boat D is launched.
2:29:39 – The last messages from the Titanic are heard.
2:30:46 – Collapsible A is slid off the Officers’ Quarters roof.
2:31:03 – The Wireless Room is abandoned.
2:31:42 – Collapsible B is thrown from the roof of the office quarters. It lands upside down in the water.
2:34:01 – Survivors distinctly hear 4 explosions from deep within the ship.
2:39:23 – All remaining power is lost. The ship breaks in two.
2:40:36 – Titanic is gone. Rescuers do not arrive for another hour and 40 minutes.
2:40:51 – Titanic is heard below the surface as it breaks apart, implodes and falls to the sea floor.
To mark the 105th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, the makers of the video are hosting a full week of real-time events. You can check out those events here.