09/03/2012 09:11 GMT | Updated 08/05/2012 10:12 BST

Titanic Wreck Revealed In Stunning Sonar Images (PHOTOS)

The wreck of the Titanic has been revealed in incredible detail through sonar imaging.

The luxury passenger liner struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage from England to New York about 375 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada, on 15 April, 1912.

Now a composite photograph, made with more than 100,000 sonar images by RMS Titanic Inc, has 'raised' the wreck of the ship almost 100 years to the day that it sank with the lives of 1,517 people.

The photos were taken in 2010 by unmanned, underwater robots. The story of the photograph will be revealed in a forthcoming History Channel documentary.

They show a comprehensive map of a 15-square mile field in the North Atlantic where much of the Titanic now rests.

The legend of the ship has since been enshrined in movies and literature, and the 100-year anniversary of its sinking is set to be commemorated around the world with exhibitions and museums opening in Belfast and the United States.

Above: the bow and main body of the ship

A menu of the last lunch served on board the ship recently went up for auction with an expected price of £100,000.

Above: the stern of the ship and the debris surrounding it.

According to a new theory the ship may have been sunk because an unusually high tide dislodged icebergs and sent them into shipping lanes.

Above: the main body of the ship (top) now rests more than half a mile from the stern.

The family of an officer who chose to go down with the Titanic recently appealed for help to return to his home town a letter he sent from the doomed liner.

The two page personal note Dr John Edward Simpson wrote to his mother days before the ship sank is due to fetch at least 50,000 dollars (£31,500) was due to be sold at a New York auction house in March.