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Titanic History

A Bit of Titanic History


Tragically, the Titanic sunk on April 14, 1912, after crashing into an iceberg. It had been thought to be unsinkable and one of the fastest ships in history.  There were more than 1,500 lives lost and its sinking had a large impact on history which has led to many articles and stories that have been written about it.

The Titanic, designed during an era of prosperity by White Star Line, was viewed as one of the greatest achievements during that time.  She was 104 feet tall, 883 feet long and 92 feet wide.  She weighed 46,328 tons.  At that time, she was the largest man-made movable object that had ever been made and was considered to be designed with the best modern technology for safety.  She could carry over 3500 passengers and crew and, though she was designed to carry 32 lifeboats, the White Star management decided to reduce the number to 20 (which could carry up to 1178 passengers) because they felt that the clutter on the boat-deck would not look good. 


The Titanic had the most modern and luxurious accommodations ever offered and the maiden voyage was the hit of the summer for the very best class which included British nobility, American industrialists, the very high class of New York and Philadelphia. It also attracted many poor immigrants, hoping to start a new life in America or Canada.

The maiden voyage began on April 10, 1912 in Southampton, and met its tragedy on April 14, 1912.  Within seconds after an iceberg was spotted by a lookout, the ship tried to avoid the iceberg, but it was moving too fast to be able to avoid hitting it.  This magnificent achievement turned into tragedy with 1502 lives lost and 705 lives saved.