Aboard the Titanic


We know we’ve been pretty quiet lately, but never fear, we’re still here! Here we have a rendering of a light fixture from an area of our Titanic recreation we have NEVER shown before in the course of the project, a room we’ve been hard at work on as of late. Can you guess where it is?

For complicated and intricately detailed fixtures and carvings on the ship, we like to model them in full detail with an extremely high polygon count (too high for any game engine, sadly), and then render our textures and maps for the low-poly game-compatible models from them. We find it allows for further authenticity and higher detail in otherwise low-detail models. In the image above of our high-poly model work, you can see all moldings and patterns are fully modeled instead of purely textured, and even the ceiling behind it is entirely 3D. This allows us to analyze how light interacts with these items, and how to simulate this within Unreal Engine wherever possible.

Our modelers Matt and Kyle have been doing a great deal of research and work in creating this new part of the ship for our project, and we’ve even unlocked a mystery or two in the process that may surprise some.

Visit Titanic: Honor and Glory on our Official Website, or TumblrFacebookYoutube, and Twitter for more about the project.

This video of a Titanic exhibit volunteer at a museum “bringing Titanic to life” has been making the rounds on occasion. Almost everyone I know in the Titanic community knows what’s wrong with it, but in case you don’t know, here are some of the things this volunteer says that will drive every Titanic researcher up the wall that they apparently custom-selected:

  • "If you’re third class, third class comes in through… the third class access door or the mail door."

I don’t know where he got that one. There were 4 doors third class could enter through, and none of them were used for hauling in large amounts of mail, nor would they be known as “mail doors”. Also, he points to an area of the ship near the very bow right at the waterline, right about where the anchor chain locker and peak tank are. Even third class wouldn’t be forced to enter there, which they couldn’t because there is no door in that area.

  • Claims that Ismay wanted more lifeboats, but they put fewer boats on the top deck because first class passengers wanted more space.

Now I don’t know enough about the more historical aspect of Titanic to make substantial comments on the validity of that claim, but I’m relatively sure that claim does not quite come close to reality.

  • "If you tell the purser that you’re a first class ticket holder, and you prefer a blue decor, before you even enter your ship… he’s gonna send someone into your cabin, they’re gonna remove these panels (points to red panels), and put blue panels in… …and all your furniture will be color-appropriate…"

This is pure fiction. Cabins absolutely could not have their entire decor changed on the whim of passengers, no matter how rich they were. Where someone could pick that “fact” up, let alone tell it to people in a museum as if it’s true, is beyond comprehension.

This is why you should be weary of “volunteer” your guides in museums, and why you better make sure you know a thing or two before doing it yourself.



The vanity from the 1st class Italian Renaissance Stateroom C-76.

You can see how this vanity might have looked in Titanic’s similarly-styled B-53 in these renderings from Titanic: Honor and Glory:


Oh, by the way, the painting and surrounding carvings reflected in the mirror is actually one of the several paintings and frames located on the half-landings of the Grand Staircase of Olympic. :)

Submitted by sovietpropaganda

Hello! I really loved the idea of the Titanic community sharing their collections on here, so here is mine (I will submit more images— sorry in advance for the number you’re going to get, haha): 

Photos, top-bottom/left-right:

  • This picture includes a 100 year anniversary wall hanging from the Canada Post Office, authentic Titanic coal, an authentic replica of a First Class teacup (both the coal & cup are from RMS Titanic Inc), a 100 year anniversary mug from Belfast, a clay model of the ship, several books and documentaries, and a framed replica of the New York Times article that ran the story.
  • Just a close-up of the teacup, mug, coal & Canada Post hanging.
  • Framed map of where the Titanic lies under the sea floor.
  • WSL poster, purchased from the Titanic Artifact Exhibit in 2007.
  • And, finally, the best of all, my Titanic blueprint.

Sorry for all the submissions. :)

Awesome collection, thank you! I don’t mind lots of submissions, I just put them all in one post. :) And even with all my 3-10 foot CAD, G/A, and rigging plans, it would still be nice to have that little blueprint.


Wake up, sheeple.

I’m not sure how long ago you wrote the post about submitting your collections, but if you’re still posting them I’d like to submit mine! There’s a lot more I want but this is what my current meager budget has allowed for :)

Five books - Titanic in Photographs, Thomas Andrews: Voyage into History, Voyagers of the Titanic, RMS Titanic Owners’ Workshop Manual, and a 1955 copy of A Night to Remember. 

A reproduction 1st Class tea set and water decanter. 

One reproduction Titanic ticket. 

And honestly one of my favorite things is unpictured - my ebook copy of Lawrence Beesley’s book, which is my favorite Titanic book because of how immediate and present it feels. 


Lovely little collection! I want those teacup reproductions, they’re beautiful. The Owner’s Workshop Manual is a fun book, though the deck plan it has is actually of Olympic in 1911. Titanic In Photographs is one of the best photographic books to have in one’s collection.



Do you love the RMS Titanic? The movie/s or the ship? Do people tell you you’re obsessed? Most importantly, do you have a collection of cool stuff you love that’s all about Titanic?

If so, I’d love to see your collections!

If you have a collection of Titanic books, merchandise, models, plans, or anything else you like to call your own little Titanic collection, then feel free to pile all your stuff up (or arrange it nicely) and take a photo of your collection, or your favorite pieces in your collection, and then submit them to me along with a list of what’s in your collection.

Optionally, you can also include a short write-up about your collection, why you’re interested in the Titanic, and if only showing one or a few particular objects, why you treasure those things.

You may submit photos through here or the link below. If you have multiple photos to submit, submit them in multiple submissions (with your write-up in one of them) and I’ll put them together in one post.


I’m looking forward to seeing your collections! :)


That other post with the James Cameron song did not have enough James Cameron, and the James Cameron was not pure enough.

So here’s more James Cameron. Ten minutes of James Cameron.

James Cameron.

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In Defense of the Titanic


There’s a common perception that Titanic had some sort of fatal flaw or poor design. How else could a ship marketed as the peak of shipbuilding technology sink on her maiden voyage? For whatever reason, I feel a need to defend the ship I love so much and clarify for non-Titanic obsessives that she was, indeed, incredibly well-made and a remarkable feat of human ingenuity. 

1) Contrary to popular misperception, Titanic did not have sub-par rivets. Her rivets were standard and were the same ones used on Olympic, which had a long and illustrious career for over two decades in which her nickname became “Old Reliable.” Olympic did undergo a few tweaks after the Titanic disaster but by and large they were near-identical ships. The biggest difference between Titanic and Olympic is that Titanic hit an iceberg and Olympic didn’t. 

2) “Why did it sink so fast?” I’ve heard this question a million times but the thing is - Titanic DIDN’T sink quickly. Her own builder, Thomas Andrews, estimated she had an hour to live, two at most. She survived for two hours and forty minutes, allowing time for all of her lifeboats to be deployed. Considering the extensive damage the iceberg caused, she stayed afloat a surprisingly long time. 

3) Titanic went down by the head and never rolled over. Look at most shipwrecks - again and again you’ll see that the ship rolled over on her side, causing lifeboats on one or both sides to become impossible to launch. Titanic had only a slight (6-8 degree) list to port, due to her construction and/or the ongoing efforts of her engineers, none of whom survived the sinking because they stayed at their posts until the very end. 

Why did Titanic sink? Because she hit an iceberg. We can talk about what could have been done to avoid the accident in the first place, but once she hit, any ship would have gone down. Most probably would have gone down more quickly and with less opportunity to launch their lifeboats. Yes, certain measures could have been taken (that were later added to Olympic). Watertight bulkheads could have extended to the upper decks. There should have been enough lifeboats for everyone aboard. But as of April 14, 1912, no ship in the world was as well-constructed or magnificent as Titanic. 

Titanic suffered a fatal blow from an iceberg. She managed to stay evenly afloat for hours as all of her lifeboats were launched. The iceberg caused the deaths of 1,503 people that night. Titanic saved the other 705. 

Also, consider Titanic’s other nearly identical sister ship by the same builder, Britannic. Britannic was built a couple years after Titanic with all the latest tech. Not only did Britannic have more lifeboats, but also higher watertight bulkheads and a higher double bottom that extended up the sides of the hull some distance.

When Britannic struck a mine (or was struck by a torpedo as some think) during WWI, she sustained damage over a smaller area than Titanic in terms of watertight compartments breached. However, Britannic still sank in only 55 minutes, just under an hour!

The primary factors in Britannic’s sinking were firstly that some watertight compartments could not be closed, exposing otherwise undamaged areas to the sea. The ship also continued to sail under her own power at some speed under orders from her captain to make an attempt to beach the ship on a nearby island. This forward movement pushed water into the hull breach at a faster rate. To make matter much worse, most of the portholes in the lower hull were left open to ventilate Britannic’s hospital wards, creating more points through which water could enter. This was enough to bring the ship down considerably and doom her. The final blow was when the ship, after being fully evacuated, rolled onto her starboard side and sank to the bottom.

It’s also worth noting that the 30 deaths in the sinking were due to a terrible mistake. As the ship sank and continued to move, her still-turning propellers were rising out of the water. Two lifeboats were launched early and without authorization through automatic releases, hitting the water hard after falling 6 feet. Both boats and the men in them were drawn into one of the 23 foot wide turning propellers and torn to pieces. Of the 1,066 crew, medical staff and some wounded soldiers on board, 1,036 were saved. The lifeboats themselves were a major improvement over Titanic, being faster to launch. In well under 55 minutes, 35 lifeboats were launched intact from Britannic, compared to Titanic’s 20 boats.

The point is, Titanic, and even more so Britannic, were very well-built ships that merely suffered an unfortunate and unlikely series of events. And yet, while Titanic was even more damaged and less safely designed than Britannic with its lesser bulkheads and double hull, Titanic managed to stay afloat far longer and without rolling over, at least not until the very end after the ship broke apart. Titanic was a strong ship. She just wasn’t that lucky.

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The course of this blog…

I apologize for the rather low quality of this blog.

When I first started this blog, I wanted to have a very strong focus on Titanic, the ship itself, particularly the design of the ship, as well as Olympic. This would have included a lot of 3D renderings and other educational stuff.

However, between my incessant procrastination, lack of inspiration, and most of all my relative business with the Titanic: Honor and Glory game project, I haven’t had much of a chance to make much of this blog. It’s made worse by the fact that, while I have a great deal of information, models, renderings and a lot of archival imagery at my fingertips, I cannot reveal much of the former and cannot share anything of the latter due to agreements, terms, privacy, non-disclosure, and the need for a certain amount of secrecy and so on. So not a whole lot of new or rare info can come from that project on this blog that isn’t primarily posted on the project’s own blog, which is here.

My primary focus in the world of Titanic is also mostly on the ship itself. I actually know very little of the historical aspect of the ship, its story or the passengers and crew.

I still welcome questions here, as well as properly-sourced submissions (don’t just scan images from TTSM and send them to me without a source), and I still like to answer questions, as long as it’s mainly about the ship (my most familiar area), and as long as it’s not about Honor and Glory, as I really shouldn’t address such questions here. And I promise not to be too much of an ass.

Eventually, however, I might clean up this blog and somehow manage to get it back on track. For now, there’s only so much I can do. Thanks to those of you, however, who have stuck around.

By the way, for anybody who’s into various other nerdy things or fandoms, mostly Star Trek, Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, and to an extent SPN, Sherlock, as well as science and space, you’re welcome to head over to my personal blog at bouncingdodecahedrons.tumblr.com. It’s considerably more active.



An addendum to my post about the panel not being a door, because every second person who reblogged it felt like replying or tagging with “but Jack could fit!”

Ok if this person hadn’t acted like an ass towards the end of this I would’ve accepted it. But sense you didn’t…

I’m glad I “acted like an ass” if it annoys one more “BUT JACK…” person. Especially one who doesn’t listen to reason and completely misses the point just because the person dishing it out had a poopoo tone near the end. I’m not sorry your precious feelings were hurt.

#My way of seeing it

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A ‘Shanks “Pacific” model’ toilet in Titanic’s debris field, one of several types of toilets used on the ship. This model had a lever on the back of this model allowed for flushing and even the rectification of occasional clogs if necessary.

Taken by Bernhard Funk, posted by fuckyeahrmstitanic


South Park S16E09 - Raising The Bar

I think this needs to be brought back.

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The vanity from the 1st class Italian Renaissance Stateroom C-76.

You can see how this vanity might have looked in Titanic’s similarly-styled B-53 in these renderings from Titanic: Honor and Glory:



Many people mistake that certain piece of wood for a door. Some people know it’s not a door, but don’t know what it actually is. This should clear things up.

I would like to add that you can see this piece of wood at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 1675 Lower Water Street.

If you can’t make it there yourself, or want to know where to find the piece of wood before going, you can even explore the museum and this Titanic exhibit with Google Street View!

Click here for my post with more details

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