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In pictures: The Titanic launching from Southampton 10 April, 1912

These pictures record the grandeur of the Titanic on the day it began its tragic maiden voyage exactly 100 years ago today.

THIS DAY EXACTLY 100 years ago, excited passengers and crew members of the Titanic sailed out of Southampton in England on the ship’s maiden and, sadly, final voyage.

This was the scene at Southampton – and these photographs from the PA Images archive (from Topham Picturepoint unless otherwise indicated) show the grandeur and luxury that greeted some of the passengers when they boarded the ship.

In pictures: The Titanic launching from Southampton 10 April, 1912
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    The Titanic moored at Southampton docks on 10 April 10, 1912. The second class passenger gangway can be seen 150 yards away.
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    Titanic sails out of Southampton, England, at the start of its doomed voyage on 10 April, 1912. The ship would strike an iceberg and sink on the night/morning of 14-15 April, killing more than 1,500 of the 2,200 people aboard. (AP Photo)
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    The bridge aboard the Titanic.
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    Passengers take the air on deck of the Titanic - passing by the lifeboats, of which there were too few to accommodate everyone when the ship sank.
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    Welin double-acting davits on boat deck of the Titanic.
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    This photo of the Titanic from onboard was taken by Jesuit cleric Father Frank Browne who sailed on the Southampton to Cobh leg - but, luckily for him, alighted at Cobh.
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    Trying out the exercise room.
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    The "Parisian Cafe" on board.
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    The Turkish bath cooling room on the Titanic.
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    A luxury cabin, one of two apartments which cost £870 to hire for the maiden voyage of the Titanic.
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    The gymnasium showing various fitness equipment on board the Titanic.
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    A swimming pool aboard the Titanic.
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    Artist's impression of how that swimming pool would be used.
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    The promenade deck of the Titanic.
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    A part of one of the two £870 suites with a private promenade deck on board Titanic.

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