This is the chilling hand-drawn building plan of the RMS Titanic that was used to describe how the ‘unsinkable’ ship met its fate.
The design, prepared exclusively for the official British enquiry, features a number of illustrations showing why the luxury liner sank after striking an iceberg on April 14, 1912.
It is among hundreds of artifacts linked to the doomed ship to be sold at auction later this month.
The original cross section and building plan, drawn to a scale of 1/32 inches to one foot, is rubber stamped by manufacturers Harland and Wolff, with a handwritten date of May 1, 1912.
It was used to demonstrate to the world what had happened just before midnight on April 14 when the largest passenger ship ever assembled struck an iceberg – sparking the biggest maritime disaster in peacetime.
Among its most remarkable features are a hand-drawn gash in the side of the ship at Boiler 6, where the iceberg hit, and extensions drawn over the watertight bulkheads that were not built high enough for such an occurrence.
It clearly shows why the ‘unsinkable’ ship succumbed to a direct hit that night in the ice fields of the North Atlantic, claiming the lives of more than 1,500 people.
The location allowed water to enter the ship right at the point at which she could no longer stay afloat.
The plan is one of around 240 Titanic-themed objects to be put on sale by RR Auction in Boston, Massachusetts – which specialises in documents, manuscripts and historic artifacts – more than a century after the doomed liner sank.
The collection includes a sterling silver ‘Loving Cup’ presented to Captain Arthur Rostron of the Carpathia by Titanic survivor Margaret ‘Molly’ Brown.
A dedication engraved on the front reads: ‘In grateful recognition and appreciation of his heroic and efficient service in the rescue of the survivors of the Titanic on April 15th 1912, and of the generous and sympathetic treatment he accorded us on his ship. From the Survivors of the Titanic.’
The cup has the highest starting price – and is expected to fetch more than $200,000 (£120,500) at auction.
Brown, a wealthy American socialite, boarded the Titanic as a first class passenger at Cherbourg, France, the vessel’s first stop after leaving Southampton.
Five days later, when the mammoth ship struck the iceberg, she unselfishly leapt into action and loaded others into the lifeboats, willing to face the chilling danger of the deep to save as many people as possible.
She was eventually put into lifeboat six, where she helped to keep spirits up as they awaited an unknown fate.