Titanic: 100 years later

A look at the memorials, museum exhibits and memorabilia that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, including the photos from 1912 that capture the anticipation and the aftermath around this "unsinkable" ship.

Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter creates a test projection on an iceberg in 2011. Hofstetter has plans to project pictures illustrating the sinking of the Titanic on a giant iceberg for the 100th anniversary of the catastrophe.


Mary Beth Crocker, left, and her husband, Tom Dearing, from Newport, Ky., pose for pictures in period costume after disembarking the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship on April 9 during its first stop in Cobh, Ireland. With 1,309 passengers aboard, the MS Balmoral will follow the same route the Titanic did in 1912, complete with food and music from the era.

Story: Titanic cruise delayed due to strong winds

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John Philip of Australia adjusts the life jacket of his sister, Ann Breust, on April 8 during a drill aboard a Titanic memorial cruise from Southampton, England, to New York.

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Passengers on a Titanic memorial cruise, chartered by Miles Morgan Travel, dance to music from a Belgian string band on April 9 after the ship's departure from Cobh, Ireland. Due to rough weather, an April 10 floor show was canceled over concerns about the safety of the performers.

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Actress Kate Winslet arrives at the 'Titanic 3D' UK film premiere on March 27 at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, West London. The 3-D version of the film has been released for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking and comes 15 years after 1997's "Titanic" was a huge box office hit.

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An exterior view shows the Titanic Belfast building March 27 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The six-story attraction opened March 31 and tells the story of the Titanic from the ship's construction in Belfast to her sinking in the Atlantic on her maiden voyage 100 years ago.

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A 1912 advertisement for the British luxury passenger liner Titanic, part of the White Star Line's fleet, announces an April 20, 1912, sailing. Ticket prices and berth descriptions are provided, but the ship never arrived in New York. The Titanic sank April 15, 1912, killing more than 1,500 passenger and crew members.

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Workmen stand next to the screws of the RMS Titanic at a shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in this undated photo. The largest ship afloat at the time, the Titanic sank in the north Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City.

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The Titanic leaves Southampton, England, on her ill-fated maiden voyage on April 10, 1912.

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A handout picture received from Southampton City Council on April 4, 2012, shows Titanic Captain Edward Smith with a dog.

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A computer-generated image shows the first-class accommodations that were available aboard the Titanic. The display can be seen at the newly opened Titanic Belfast attraction in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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A video projection of passengers in a re-creation of a second-class cabin is displayed at Titanic Belfast.

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A re-creation of a third-class cabin, complete with computer-video projections of passengers, is displayed at Titanic Belfast.

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A replica of the grand staircase from the sunken Titanic is on exhibition April 2 at the Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum in Singapore. The exhibition features about 275 artifacts recovered from the Titanic.

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The grand staircase between the boat deck and the promenade deck aboard the RMS Titanic in an undated photo. A replica of the Titanic's grand staircase was seen in James Cameron's 1997 movie, "Titanic."

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A copy of the last message sent from the Titanic, which tells of passengers being put into lifeboats.

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Survivors of the sinking of the RMS Titanic approach the RMS Carpathia in this April 15, 1912, photo. The Carpathia rescued hundreds of Titanic passengers.

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Lifeboats that carried Titanic survivors are uploaded to the RMS Carpathia in the hours after the disaster.

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The front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on April 16, 1912, was devoted to the Titanic disaster. The paper gives the death toll as 1,302 and the number of survivors as 868. Later, official figures were corrected to 1,517 dead and 706 who survived. The main photograph is a montage, placing the Titanic against the Eads Bridge in St Louis, to give an idea of the ship's size.

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A boat from the ship MacKay-Bennett examines an overturned lifeboat from the Titanic.

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Rescuers help Titanic radio operator Harold Bride off the Carpathia. Bride's S.O.S. call alerted rescuers to the Titanic's sinking. He stayed at his post until the captain released him as the boat deck started taking on water, according to Encyclopedia Titanica. He was washed overboard and made his way onto an overturned boat, but his feet were badly frozen and crushed. From the Carpathia, Bride continued to send messages and names of those saved to land.

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Survivors of the Titanic disaster are greeted by their relatives upon their safe return to Southampton, England.

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This handout picture received from Southampton City Council on April 4, 2012, shows a newsboy outside White Star Line offices in London after the news of the sinking of the Titanic hit in 1912.

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The names of those killed in the sinking of the Titanic are posted outside the offices of White Star Line in Southampton, England, in 1912. Nowhere suffered as much from the sinking of the Titanic as Southampton, which lost 549 residents in the disaster.

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Coffins for the recovered bodies from the Titanic are seen in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1912.

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Crew members who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic are given dry clothing in New York on April 18, 1912.

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This May 29, 1912, photograph shows Mrs. J.J. "Molly" Brown presenting an award to Capt. Arthur Henry Rostron for his service in the rescue of the passengers on Titanic.

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A commemorative illustration in honor of those who died in the Titanic disaster.

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This 1998 image provided by RMS Titanic, Inc., shows a 17-ton portion of the hull of the RMS Titanic as it is lifted to the surface during an expedition to the site of the shipwreck. The piece, along with 5,500 other artifacts, will be sold at auction as a single collection.

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Visitors look at a projection showing images of the wreck of the Titanic on March 27 at Titanic Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Beginning on the 100th anniversary of the sinking, the remains of the Titanic will be covered by a 2001 U.N. convention on the protection of underwater cultural heritage.

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Two children look down on March 27, 2012, at an image of the Titanic wreck in the Titanic Belfast visitor center.

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One of two name boards from a lifeboat on the RMS Titanic is displayed at a 2006 auction at Christie's in New York City. Thousands of artifacts that have been recovered from the wreckage continue to be auctioned off to mark this year's 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking.

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The pocket watch belonging to Titanic steward Sidney Sedunary, which has stopped at 1:50, roughly 30 minutes before the Titanic sank, is seen on display April 3, 2012, at the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England. The watch was found in Sedunary's pocket when his body was recovered a few days after the ship sank.

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The White Star Line logo is seen on a bowl recovered from the Titanic wreck site at the opening of a new exhibition called "The Titanic and Liverpool, the untold story" March 29, 2012, at the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool, England.

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A locket belonging to Edward Herbert Keeping, a personal valet who died on the Titanic, is an item with direct ties to the Titanic being auctioned by The locket was officially recorded by the provincial coroner of Nova Scotia before it was returned to Keeping's wife, and is contained in the record of bodies and effects: passengers and crew of S.S. Titanic in the public archives of Nova Scotia. Keeping’s wife replaced her daughter’s water damaged portrait with one of her husband's and the locket has remained in Keeping’s family continuously until the present.

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A prop life vest, deck chair and bronze ship's bell appear on display April 6, 2012, in New York, along with other Titanic memorabilia to be auctioned off.

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A pair of shoes recovered from the Titanic is seen April 2, 2012, at an exhibition at Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum in Singapore.

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A child's shoes believed to be from the body of an unknown boy and recovered by the crew of the Mackay-Bennett, a cable-laying ship chartered by the White Star Line after the Titanic disaster, are seen Jan. 27, 2012, in the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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School children in Southampton, England, carry placards featuring each of the victims of the Titanic disaster through the city's center on April 10, 2012. The ill-fated ship set sail on her maiden voyage 100 years ago from Southampton. Reports state that a minute's silence was observed in the city, which had been home to more than 500 of the crew who perished in the disaster.


A wreath floats in berths 43/44 from where the RMS Titanic set sail on its ill-fated maiden voyage 100 years ago at a Southampton, England, dock during an April 10, 2012, ceremony where descendants of passengers who sailed on the Titanic paid tribute to those who lost their lives.

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