An Apparent Tour of the Titanic (1912)

A short film which appears to show the interior and deck of the Titanic only minutes prior to its ill-fated voyage in April 1912. Included in the footage is Captain E.J. Smith apparently inspecting the ship just 10 minutes prior to departure, various deck promenades, and the actual leaving of the ship. We are reliably informed however that it is a sneaky bit of sleight of hand by the newsreel company, splicing together footage from other ships (mostly the Titanic’s ‘sister’ ship The Olympic). Notice the scratched out name plates on the frames which appear as floating white marks in the film.

Richard Howells, in his article for The Public Domain Review “The Unsinkable Myth”, explores the various legends which surround the sinking of arguably the world’s most famous ship.

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Underlying Work: PD U.S. | Digital Copy: Pending Clarification
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  • Noelani

    It’s sure too bad that no photograph of any kind survives of the voyage and sinking. This is mainly made up of a little bit of footage from the ship before its departure on its maiden voyage, some from its departure, with tugboats in plain view, a tiny bit of the survivors on Carpathia, and quite a bit of the crew of Carpathia, clowning around. The latter apparently were so thrilled at having moving pictures taken of themselves that they forgot all about the tragedy that had attracted the photographer to their ship.

    The piano accompaniment is very good and, in my opinion, very characteristic of what musicians in theaters of the time would have played.