Lights from a submersible penetrate the rusted ruin of Titanic’s first-class promenade, once as inviting as a similar deck on the Olympic (below). Before the Titanic sank, the windows were opened, probably to load lifeboats. Millionaire John Jacob Astor IV put his 18-year-old wife into lifeboat 4 through a promenade window on the other side of the ship. He stayed on board and perished.
Artifacts and memorabilia are being auctioned off from the Titanic. This Violin was salvaged along with the Titanic which had been lying in the Atlantic Ocean at a depth of 3,000 meters, Legend has it that the Titanic band was playing a tune as the ship went down.
The First Class Lounge on the RMS Titanic, photographed on January 4, 1912.
Lifeboat Station A single davit survives on the deck above the promenade. Two such small cranes, one at each end, were needed to lower a lifeboat to the sea. This one helped launch collapsible boat C, where J. Bruce Ismay—chairman of the company that owned the Titanic—took a seat and rode to safety.