Rare And Original Images Of The Titanic Taken From 100 Years Ago [PHOTOS]

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A century has passed since the Titanic's tragic sinking on April 15, yet the legacy of the iconic ship lives on.

Preparations are being made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, the sinking of which is considered as one of the deadliest maritime tragedies in history.

The supposedly unsinkable liner sank into the icy waters of the Atlantic after crashing into an iceberg while on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York. Out of the 2,223 people on board, 1517 perished.

Although there were only a few survivors to recall the horrors of that fateful day, memories of the tragedy have been well-documented throughout the years.

Here's a look at some of the rare and original images of the RMS Titanic when it set sail a hundred years ago.

Rare Unseen Images of the Titanic

Titanic just prior to being launched into River Lagan for towing to a fitting-out berth where her engines, funnels and interiors would be installed REUTERS

Rare Unseen Images of the Titanic

Titanic just prior to being launched into River Lagan for towing to fitting-out berth where her engines, funnels and interiors would be installed. REUTERS

Rare Unseen Images of the Titanic

Titanic is launched into River Lagan for towing to fitting-out berth where her engines, funnels and interiors would be installed. REUTERS

Rare Unseen Images of the Titanic

Louis and Michel Navratil, of Nice, France, on their mother Marcelle's lap after being reunited with her REUTERS

Rare Unseen Images of the Titanic

Brown, a survivor of the Titanic, aboard the Carpathia REUTERS

Rare Unseen Images of the Titanic

Family that survived sinking of the Titanic pose for a portrait REUTERS

Rare Unseen Images of the Titanic

Child survivors of Titanic sinking, April 1912. Michel and Edmond, ages four and two, better known as the 'Titanic Orphans' were the only children rescued from the Titanic without a parent or guardian. The children, who spoke no English, were cared for by first-class French-speaking passenger Margaret Hays until their mother was located in France. Their father placed the two in the last lifeboat successfully launched from the Titanic. REUTERS

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