Titanic footage (lost film recordings of passenger ship; existence unconfirmed; 1912)


RMS Titanic (actual footage)
The only known footage taken from the ship.
The only known footage taken from the ship.
Status Existence Unconfirmed
1912 news reel featuring surviving footage of the Titanic, recorded prior to its departure.

The RMS Titanic was, at the time of its building, the largest passenger ship. It was met with a tragic fate when it sunk on its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912. Over 1,500 people perished with only 700 survivors out of its 2,200 passenger count.

While still photographs of the Titanic are quite common, actual film footage of it is extraordinarily rare. For many decades, the only known surviving footage was of the ship being docked shortly after its construction. Then, in 1997, film director James Cameron sought out extra surviving footage, particularly that of the ship departing with its passengers waving to the distance. No footage was known to exist, with many historians thinking Cameron was crazy. Then, the following year, footage was uncovered of the exact clip Cameron was looking for until historians confirmed the footage was of Titanic's older sister, the RMS Olympic departing.

It has been confirmed that many other clips were taken of the boat after its construction, though none of these have surfaced. One passenger was confirmed to have brought a film camera on board, which may have actually been saved from sinking with the ship. This has left many people longing to see a possible film from the inside of the ship, but the footage has never been recovered. It has even been theorised that there may have been some footage taken of the ship's sinking from both inside and outside on a lifeboat (this claim has been heavily disputed as "incredibly unlikely", however).

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Markiegee50X

11 months ago
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wat
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DariusPumpkinRex

10 months ago
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Even if this footage does exist, it was probably too dark to actually record anything siice the sinking happened during nighttime and the camera probably couldn't capture the lights from the Titanic.
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Thebuttercool

5 months ago
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True, True
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SilverTheGamer

4 months ago
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Also I'm not sure if the footage would survive decades in hands of some dude
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Anonymous user #1

10 months ago
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There probably were attempts, but wouldn't have worked due to conditions and it being dark, and people dying
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Anonymous user #2

10 months ago
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Yeah I agree with you guys. The footage would also be shaken from the adrenaline rush
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Anonymous user #10

1 months ago
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Yep. youd probably be able to see the ship lights, which stayed on for quite some time apparently, but other than that, the footage would be worthless,
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Anonymous user #3

10 months ago
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Doubt there is footage
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Anon

8 months ago
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I don't believe that that the actual sinking of the titanic was captured on camera but the camera likely recorded some of the final moments before the sinking. However the footage likely sunk along with the Titanic meaning it is likely lost permanently.
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Anonymous user #6

3 months ago
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I definitely agree. Things like this are basically lost forever.
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Anonymous user #4

8 months ago
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The article is talking about the pre-voyage footage before it sailed for the first and last time, not footage from during the actual sinking of the ship
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SublimeRaptor98

7 months ago
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considering that was over 100 years ago it's very unlikely we'll ever see it
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Anonymous user #5

4 months ago
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that sucks. But at least we have an entire movie recreating the events
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RamielDragon

3 months ago
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Who would even have the footage now? If historians haven't found it, i don't know if we ever will.
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Anonymous user #7

2 months ago
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a
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Anonymous user #8

2 months ago
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we have a movie throguh
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Anonymous user #9

1 months ago
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I saw a movie on titanic disaster and i doubted who could have captured it. Technoly was very analogue those days,even satellite cameras were not developed as today. Its an event we will live to remember but never to see it. However i wonder what measures were taken after captain alarm on sinking ship; couldnt they have followed it with several cameras and speed boats to both capture the event as well as save the voyagers??
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Anonymous user #10

1 months ago
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Damn, the whole ship just seems so unreal, like someone just imagined this great ship and pasted it in. Id kill to see it in person.


Thankfully china is apparently building an exact replica.
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Anonymous user #10

1 months ago
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how well could film from that time last in salt water? im guessing not very long, but im open to surprises.
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