Hundreds of Titanic artifacts up for auction, including chilling hand-drawn building plan

'Unthinkable': The chilling hand-drawn building plan used to explain how Titanic met its fate one of hundreds of artifacts to go under the hammer

  • Hand-drawn building plan prepared exclusively for official British enquiry
  • Features illustrations showing why luxury liner sank after striking iceberg
  • It is among hundreds of Titanic artifacts to be sold at auction this month
  • The auction in Boston is expected to fetch up to $1million (£603,000)

By Matt Blake and Sophie Jane Evans

Published: 10:02 EST, 4 April 2014 | Updated: 04:28 EST, 5 April 2014

This is the chilling hand-drawn building plan of the RMS Titanic that was used to describe how the 'unsinkable' ship met its fate.

The design, prepared exclusively for the official British enquiry, features a number of illustrations showing why the luxury liner sank after striking an iceberg on April 14, 1912.

It is among hundreds of artifacts linked to the doomed ship to be sold at auction later this month.

The original cross section and building plan, drawn to a scale of 1/32 inches to one foot, is rubber stamped by manufacturers Harland and Wolff, with a handwritten date of May 1, 1912.

It was used to demonstrate to the world what had happened just before midnight on April 14 when the largest passenger ship ever assembled struck an iceberg - sparking the biggest maritime disaster in peacetime.

Among its most remarkable features are a hand-drawn gash in the side of the ship at Boiler 6, where the iceberg hit, and extensions drawn....

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