The 'iceberg that sunk the Titanic': Looming mound of ice was pictured by captain of passing ship TWO DAYS before doomed liner was struck killing 1,522 on board

A remarkable photograph showing the 'iceberg that sank the Titanic' has surfaced 108 years after the historic disaster that claimed more than 1,500 lives.
The black-and-white picture was taken by coincidence two days before the sinking by the captain of another passenger liner crossing the Atlantic.
The seaman, a Captain W Wood who served on board the SS Etonian, was interested in photography and captured the huge iceberg on his camera.
This photograph, showing an iceberg thought to have been the same one struck by the Titanic, was taken just two days before the ill-fated disaster that killed 1,522 people on April 14, 1912
This photograph, showing an iceberg thought to have been the same one struck by the Titanic, was taken just two days before the ill-fated disaster that killed 1,522 people on April 14, 1912
Crucially, he made a note of the geographic coordinates, which were almost the same for when the Titanic struck an iceberg 40 hours later and sank with the loss of 1,522 lives.

Once he reached New York, Wood had the photograph developed and sent a print of it to his great-grandfather, along with a letter in which he stated that it was the iceberg that sank the Titanic.
He wrote: 'I am sending you a sea picture, the Etonian running before a gale and the iceberg that sank the Titanic.
Once he reached New York, Captain Wood wrote to his great-grandfather to tell him about the huge iceberg he had seen while making his Atlantic crossing on the SS Etonian
Once he reached New York, Captain Wood wrote to his great-grandfather to tell him about the huge iceberg he had seen while making his Atlantic crossing on the SS Etonian
'We crossed the ice tracks 40hrs before her and in daylight, so saw the ice easily and I got a picture.'
He wrote a caption in black ink on the accompanying photo, noting 'iceberg taken by Captain Wood SS Etonian in 41°50N 49°50W April 12th at 4pm.'
The Titanic struck an iceberg at 10.20pm on April 14, 1912 and sank just under three hours later.
Captain Wood's photograph and letter are now being sold at auction for an estimated £12,000
Captain Wood's photograph and letter are now being sold at auction for an estimated £12,000
Several photos of the icebergs in the Titanic's vicinity taken before and after the collision have come to light over the past century.
However, Wood's photograph of the unusually-shaped iceberg seems to closely match sketches and eyewitness descriptions of the one that the Titanic struck.
The photograph and letter are now being sold at auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son of Devizes, Wilts, for an estimated £12,000.
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: 'There were never any photographs taken on board the Titanic of the iceberg, only images of ones in the same area in the days before and after.
'But Captain Wood's photograph must be the most likely of all of these images.
'Fredrick Fleet was the lookout who first spotted the iceberg and he later drew a sketch of it, as did crew member and eye-witness Joseph Scarrott.
A photo of Titanic leaving Southampton on Aptil 10, 1912, four days before disaster struck
A photo of Titanic leaving Southampton on Aptil 10, 1912, four days before disaster struck
The 'iceberg that sunk the Titanic': Looming mound of ice was pictured by captain of passing ship TWO DAYS before doomed liner was struck killing 1,522 on board The 'iceberg that sunk the Titanic': Looming mound of ice was pictured by captain of passing ship TWO DAYS before doomed liner was struck killing 1,522 on board Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:05 Rating: 5

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