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Watch Titanic Survivors Tell Their Stories in This Rare Video

Michele Debczak
Illustration of survivors witnessing the sinking of Titanic.
Illustration of survivors witnessing the sinking of Titanic. / Hulton Archive/Stringer/Getty Images

Of the roughly 2200 passengers who boarded the RMS Titanic in April 1912, only 711 escaped the ship and the frigid Atlantic with their lives. Much of what we know about the ocean liner's final hours comes from those survivors. In the rare video below, you can hear three of them tell their stories firsthand.

This 1970 clip from British Pathé's news archives features interviews with three Titanic survivors. The former passengers were separated by social class on board the ship and they each recount the event in different ways.

They describe what life was like on Titanic before recalling how they made it off the sinking vessel in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. They also address popular stories surrounding the tragedy, like the legend that the band played until the ship went down. You can watch the interviews in the video below.

We don't have film from the night Titanic hit the iceberg, but the ship was caught on tape before departing on its fateful voyage. You can watch the only surviving footage of Titanic before it sank here.