Porthole from the 'Titanic', 1912.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
This porthole was raised two and half miles from the debris field around the 'Titanic' 90 years after the ship sank, and is shown here at the Science Museum, London, at a preview for the exhibition 'Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition' which opened on 16th May 2003. The Titanic, operated by the White Star Line, struck an iceberg in fog south of Newfoundland en route from Southampton to New York just before midnight on 14 April 1912. Titanic was the largest and most luxurious passenger liner afloat at the time, and was believed by her designers to be unsinkable. Unfortunately the collision caused five of the vessel's watertight compartments to be ruptured, and the Titanic sank with the loss of about 1500 lives.