The Titanic

The RMS Titanic was the largest vessel afloat in her time in the early 1900’s. The Titanic was a British registered four funneled ocean liner built for the transatlantic passenger and mail service between Southampton and New York.

Her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, left a tragic end when it sank on April 15th 1912. She struck the iceberg four days into the crossing, on April 14th 1912, the “unsinkable ship” sank at 2:20 the following morning, and resulting in the deaths of 1,517 people it is one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

The largest passenger ship in the world, the Titanic was owned by the White Star Liner and constructed at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland. She set sail for New York City on 10 April 1912 with 2,223 people on board. The high casualty rate resulting from the sinking was due in part to the fact that, although complying with the regulations of the time, the ship carried lifeboats for only 1,178 people. Around 1,500 people lost their lives in the sinking of the “unsinkable ship”.

Titanic was designed by some of the most experienced engineers, and used some of the most advanced technologies available at the time. It was a great shock to many that, despite the extensive safety features, Titanic sank, and the fact that it sank on its maiden voyage added to the particularly ironic nature of the tragedy. The frenzy on the part of the media about Titanic's famous victims, the legends about the sinking, the resulting changes to maritime law, and the discovery of the wreck have contributed to the interest in Titanic.

In the 1997 a film by James Cameron called “Titanic” became one of the biggest grossing movies of the 20th century. The little know history of the Titanic became a household name among most popular in the US. With the sparked interest of the movie people are now discovering the wonder and beauty of this once glorious, magnificent ship. That was a marvel in its day and a mystery in ours.