RMS Titanic, popularly known as “Titanic”, was a passenger liner that struck an iceberg on her first voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, and sank on the 15th day of April year 1912, resulting in the deaths of 1,517 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
Titanic is the largest passenger steamship in the world, the Olympic-class RMS Titanic was owned by the White Star Line and constructed at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland.
It was built in Harland and Wolff Ltd’s Queen’s Island shipyard in Belfast for the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, commonly known as the White Star Line. This ship was registered at 46,328 gross tons with a length of 852.5 feet and it was the largest ship ever built during that time. After launch on May 31, 1911, Titanic completed and delivered on the 2nd day April year 1912 to its owners. On April 10, 1912, Titanic sailed from Southampton for New York, calling at Cherbourg in Northern France and Queenstown on the south coast of Ireland
After setting sail for New York City on April 10, 1912 with 2,223 people on board, she hit the iceberg four days into the crossing at 11:40 pm on April 14, 1912. Titanic sank at exactly 2:20 am the following morning. The high casualty rate resulting from the sinking was due in part to the fact that the ship carried lifeboats for only 1,178 people. The sunk loss 1,503 lives. Only 703 were saved.
A disproportionate number of men died due to the “women and children first” protocol that was enforced by the ship’s crew.
Titanic was designed by experienced engineers, using some of the most advanced technologies and extensive safety features of the time. Adding to the ironic nature of the tragedy is the fact that the liner sank on her maiden voyage.
The high loss of life, the media frenzy over Titanic’s famous victims, the legends about the sinking, the resulting changes in maritime law, and the discovery of the wreck have all contributed to the enduring interest in Titanic.
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