A new animation recreates the sinking of the RMS Titanic and was released on the anniversary of the tragedy.
The video shows the entire two hours and 40 minutes of the disaster, from the time the RMS Titanic hit the iceberg to the moment it broke up and sank.
It charts the reactions of the crew and also highlights the series of missed communications, engineering failures, and inadequate safety and rescue procedures that led to the tragedy. More than 1,500 people died in the disaster.
The animation has been made and released by Titanic Honor & Glory which is using virtual reality to create a video game set on the ocean liner.
On its website, the organisation says its core project team is made up of people “who have grown up appreciating the disaster, respecting those who were lost, and simply want to see all of that brought back to life.”
The decedents of survivors and victims as well as consultants are also involved in the project “to make sure those on board are accurately represented and properly memorialized”.
“Overall, we just want to tell their stories, preserve their memories, and revive a luxurious ocean liner that the whole world poured its heart into,” it states.
The sinking of the RMS Titanic led to major changes in maritime regulations. New safety measures were implemented including ensuring that more lifeboats were provided, that lifeboat drills were properly carried out and that radio equipment on passenger ships was manned around the clock.
An International Ice Patrol was set up to monitor the presence of icebergs in the North Atlantic, and maritime safety regulations were harmonised internationally through the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).
In 2012, Australian billionaire, Clive Palmer announced he was building a replica of the RMS Titanic called Titanic II. Originally it was to make its maiden voyage in 2016, but this date has now been pushed to 2018.
At the time, Palmer said Titanic II would have similar dimensions as its predecessor, with 840 rooms and nine decks. The only changes would be below the water line including “welding and not riveting, a bulbous bow for greater fuel efficiency, diesel generation and enlarged rudder and bow thrusters for increased manoeuvrability.”
Unlike the original, it will also have modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems.