Anniversary of Titanic Sinking

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Friday, April 13, 2018

RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April 1912.

After leaving Southampton on 10 April 1912, Titanic called at Cherbourg in France and Queenstown in Ireland before heading west to New York.

The ocean liner carried some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as hundreds of emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland, Scandinavia and elsewhere throughout Europe who were seeking a new life in the United States.

At 11:40 p.m. on 14 April, lookout Frederick Fleet spotted an iceberg immediately ahead of Titanic and alerted the bridge. First Officer William Murdoch ordered the ship to be steered around the obstacle and the engines to be put in reverse, but it was too late; the starboard side of Titanic struck the iceberg, creating a series of holes.

There were not nearly enough lifeboats on board the doomed ship. As a result more than 1,500 passengers and crew perished. Making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. The ship carried 2,224 passengers and crew.



© Wx Centre