The Titanic: History, Facts, And Sinking

More than 100 years after the sinking of the RMS Titanic, people are still fascinated with the history of the Titanic, fixating on Titanic facts that range from fascinating to macabre.

When the wreckage of the Titanic was discovered near Newfoundland in 1985, interest in the sinking of the Titanic was rekindled, and when the Titanic movie was released in 1997, the disaster became an obsession with many people. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio brought the Titanic’s story to life, albeit through a romanticized and fictionalized version of events.

Who were the survivors of the Titanic? Who were the victims? What famous passengers were on the Titanic? What Titanic mistakes were made and which could have been prevented? Why was the Titanic called “unsinkable” and how did it sink? What Titanic artifacts have surfaced and who owns them?

We’ve compiled the answers to all of these Titanic questions and hundreds of others…as a tribute to the 705 passengers and crew who survived and to the 1,517 souls who perished.

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More Facts About The Titanic ~ August 2013

•Passengers who survived the sinking of the Titanic were rescued by the RMS Carpathia.

•In 1985, the Titanic was discovered off the coast of Newfoundland, resting where it had sunk almost seventy-five years earlier.

•The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage (first time out).

•A third-class ticket on the Titanic’s maiden voyage cost less than $20, and there were more than 700 third-class passengers on board when the Titanic hit the iceberg.

•On the day that the Titanic set sail (April 10, 1912), Captain Edward J. Smith announced his retirement, stating that the Titanic voyage would be his last.