Titanic chief designer Thomas Andrews went down with his ship, reportedly last seen staring into space – his life jacket on the table beside him. He earlier helped passengers to the lifeboats and was hailed a hero.
Titanic Captain Edward John Smith went down with his ship – among the reports were claims he was spotted in the water, but refused help from those in lifeboats. His body was never recovered.
Chairman of Harland and Wolff Lord William Pirrie and Captain Smith, pictured on board Titanic’s sister-ship the Olympic in June 1911.
Ida Straus, who would not be parted from her husband Isidor. “We have been together for many years - where you go, I go,” she said. Ida’s body was never recovered, but her husband was later buried in the Bronx.
Isidor Straus, whose wife Ida would not be parted from him. The couple were last seen sitting in deckchairs, holding hands, before they were washed into the sea. Isidor’s body was recovered, his wife’s was not.
Chief Officer Henry Wilde was off-duty at the time of Titanic’s sinking – he was last seen struggling to help with collapsible lifeboats. His body was never recovered.
Titanic’s richest passenger, millionaire John Jacob Astor IV, kissed his pregnant wife goodbye as he helped her into a lifeboat. She survived, but JJ was last seen smoking on deck with US mystery writer Jacques Futrelle. He’s rumoured to have quipped: “I asked for ice, but this is ridiculous.” His body was recovered from the water.
Pioneer of investigative journalism William Thomas Stead is believed to have helped women and children onto lifeboats before sitting down to read a book and await his fate. A later report, however, claims he was seen clinging to a raft with millionaire JJ Astor before they both drowned. His body was never recovered.
Second class passenger Robert Phillips was emigrating to America with his 21-year-old daughter Alice, following the death of his wife from TB. He was among the many victims, while his daughter survived.
Baptist pastor Reverend John Harper was said to have preached the gospel to the end, both on the decks of Titanic and in the water. He didn’t survive the sinking, but his daughter and niece did.
Titanic’s assistant surgeon Dr John Edward Simpson was last seen helping passengers into lifeboats. Second Officer Charles Lightoller later said: “I was practically the last man to speak to Dr Simpson ... We merely exchanged the words ‘Goodbye, old man.’ Dr Simpson’s body was recovered and buried in Nova Scotia.
The Titanic Memorial at Belfast City Hall was funded by contributions from the public, shipyard workers and victims' families and erected on 15 April 1912. It features a female personification of Death or Fate holding a laurel wreath over the head of a drowned sailor raised above the waves by a pair of mermaids.
Joseph Bruce Ismay (front) was the chairman of White Star Line and the highest ranking official from the company to survive Titanic’s sinking. He escaped in a lifeboat – for which he was widely criticised. He later told the inquiry: “I saw no passengers in sight when I entered the lifeboat ... I saw no women waiting.”
Second Officer Charles Lightoller (right) was the most senior officer to survive and the last survivor taken on board rescue ship Carpathia. He had been off-duty, but went to work helping people into lifeboats. He dived into the water when he could do no more and was sucked down with Titanic, but found his way onto a lift raft – taking charge and keeping those with him alive through the night.
Third Officer Herbert Pitman (right) survived as he was put in charge of one of the lifeboats. After Titanic went down, he wanted to row back and pick up more survivors, but was cried down by those fearful of being mobbed and capsized. Letting them overrule him was a decision said to haunt him for the rest of his days.
Leading fashion designer Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon survived after being put on the first lifeboat with just 11 others – including her husband Cosmo. She is reported to have made a comment about losing possessions which was not taken kindly by the crew and tried to make amends by giving them money. Her husband also wrote them cheques after their rescue – leading to false rumours he bribed them not to go back for other survivors. He was said to be left heart-broken by the claims.
First Class passenger Algernon Barkworth was a Justice of the Peace and was travelling to America for the first time. He dived into the water as Titanic started to sink and managed to get into a lifeboat that had overturned. He survived and was picked up, first by another lifeboat and then by the Carpathia.
Able Seaman Charles Pascoe (third from left) with his three brothers, who all survived Titanic’s sinking and are pictured returning to England after the tragedy. Charles had transferred from the Titanic’s sister ship, Olympic, to work on the ill-fated liner.
The 167 surviving crew members of the Titanic landing at Plymouth after being taken ashore from the SS Lapland on board the paddle steamer Duchess of York. They had previously been picked up by the Carpathia and taken to New York.
Survivors of the Titanic disaster are greeted by their relatives upon their safe return to Southampton.
Some of the survivors of the Titanic disaster.
A surviving member of the Titanic's crew (centre) kisses his wife after arriving at Plymouth, 29th April 1912. The man had previously been rescued by the Carpathia and taken to New York.
A group of survivors from the Titanic arrive in Liverpool.
The first class passenger list from the ill-fated liner the Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.