R.M.S Titanic leaving the White Star Dock, Southampton,
10th April 1912
At noon on Wednesday, 10th April 1912, the White Star liner R.M.S. Titanic cast her lines from the White Star dock, Southampton and began what was to become the most famous maiden voyage in history.
With Captain Edward J. Smith on the bridge and towed by the tug Neptune, assisted by tugs Hercules, Albert Edward, Hector, Ajax and Vulcan, the huge liner was manoeuvered into the River Test.
Built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, the 45,000 ton Titanic was considered the most advanced vessel of her time and believed to be unsinkable. Two hours after being ripped open by an iceberg, Titanic slowly but surely began to slip below the surface of the Atlantic with a loss of nearly 1,500 passengers and crew, the biggest maritime disaster in peacetime.
This magnificent painting depicts the moment when Titanic left the dockside at Southampton, England at the start of her fateful maiden voyage. Historically accurate, the painting was painstakingly researched using existing photographs and records.