Watch the RMS Titanic tragedy unfold in real time

By Scott Smith
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The creators of a historical PC game set aboard the sinking Titanic released detailed and annotated video depicting the tragedy inside and outside the ship in real time – all 2 hours and 41 minutes.

The computer rendering by Vintage Digital Revival does not include details like passengers and crew frantically trying to save their lives, but it is harrowing nonetheless to watch the ship list, tilt into the sky, break in half and slide beneath the icy North Atlantic after striking an iceberg late on April 14, 1912. As many as 1,635 passengers and crew died out of an estimated 2,224 aboard.


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Vintage is building "Titanic: Honor and Glory," which will allow PC gamers to "see what it was like to be on the ship" from boarding at the dock until the time "unsinkable" Titanic sank. A free demo of the game is available on their website.

RMS Titanic during sea trials on April 2, 1912. Here's United Press' archival story from April 16, 1912, published a day after the boat had disappeared. File photo courtesy National Archives

Since the video was posted to YouTube, it's had more than 3.3 million views. The designers posted details on its creation to their Facebook page.


"It shows the ship's general sinking progress, as well as lifeboat launches, rockets firing, and the Californian on the horizon. You'll see funnels falling and the ship breaking up in the final moments, and the final positions of the lifeboats at 2:20AM. This is NOT a sped-up animation or a short animation slowed to be real-time. This is a fully real-time recreation of the sinking, from just before the collision to just after the sinking. 2 hours and 41 minutes."

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