RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the
North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April 1912, after colliding
with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.
Titanic only carried enough lifeboats for 1,178
people—slightly more than half of the number on board, and one third of her
The death toll has been put at between 1,490 and 1,635
The ship hit an iceberg 11:40 p.m. (ship's time) 14 April
1912 on her maiden voyage and sank 2 h 40 min later.
Under the command of Edward Smith, who went down with the
ship, Titanic 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 seeking a new life in North America.
Construction started on the ship on March 31, 1909. Titanic
was launched on May 31, 1911.
The ship was 269 metres in length and weighed 52,310 tons.
Built in Belfast and designed by Thomas Andrews, the Titanic
was the largest ship at the time.
Titanic has two sister ships, the HMHS Britannic and RMS
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