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Frozen in time: rare photo of doomed Titanic
9:00am Sunday 15th April 2012 in County
A moment of history is caught on camera in this rare picture of the ill-fated Titanic.
The photograph, showing a crowd of passengers on the deck of the doomed ocean liner, was taken by the great-grandfather of Hereford sisters Lisa Lee and Charlotte Gale.
“We often wonder how many of them survived,” said Lisa’s husband, Jim.
The photo was taken by Thomas White, a chemist, as the ship left Cobh – then known as Queenstown – in County Cork.
The Irish city was the ship’s last port of call before her final journey.
More than 1,500 people died when the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912.
In the following days Ruth Bourne, the daughter of Colonel Robert Bourne of Much Cowarne, wrote about the tragedy in her diary.
As news of the lives lost filtered back to England, 47-year-old Ruth wrote how "it seems wicked that there were not enough lifeboats to save everybody."