What if Titanic photos were retouched by editors, how does this portray the great ship? A rare photo may show this is just what happened!
The Titanic is steeped in mystery, dramatic stories of life and death and survival but what if those early photos were retouched?
I was fortunate enough to restore a rare photo of the Titanic from an avid collector of Titanic Memorabilia. He has allowed me to use this photo in this blog post as it shows the now-famous Titanic photo of “letting go the rope” at Southampton docks, in an altogether different light.
You may have seen this image on many websites, for sale or even on museum walls. It normally depicts a scene of what looks like a clear crisp April morning but was that exactly how it was and was the great ship so romantic looking? If in doubt simply Google the image and you’ll see what I mean. Here is a quick example.
Below is the Titanic in perhaps more accurate representation.
This restored scan of fibre based silver halide print of the Titanic shows an altogether different ship. Was this an early version of this famous photo, perhaps even the original one? The sky is not clear at all but choked in smoke from the funnels, neighbouring tug boats also belching smoke adding to the smog. The sky, way above the ship stained with burnt fuel in a thick haze. This image is clearly a very different one from what you see in the press! The famous photo you see is perhaps not what you imagine it to be!
Versions of this photo in the press and public eye show a cleaner, more romantic version, with cleaner plumes of smoke, perhaps more like we imagined them to be, as a quaint cottage in a landscape painting with a gentle whiff of smoke from the chimney.
This article is solely the opinion of the author.