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Who survived the Titanic?

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Although historical accounts vary, there were anywhere from 705 to 713 surviving passengers of the RMS Titanic. Most of the survivors were female passengers from the ship's first-class section, children and crew members.

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Of the 140 women who were sailing in first class, 136 survived the sinking of the ship. There were 175 men in first class; only 57 survived. Of the 93 women holding second-class tickets, 80 survived the sinking; just 14 of the 168 men in the second-class section survived. An estimated total of 2,223 people set sail on the RMS Titanic's maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City, but more than 1,500 perished just days later when the ship struck an iceberg and sank into the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912.

The third-class passengers in the ship's steerage section had the fewest survivors among their ranks. Of the 165 women traveling third class, only 76 lived, and only 75 of the 462 men survived the sinking. Of the 79 children sailing in steerage, only 27 survived; by contrast, nearly all of the 30 children holding first- and second-class tickets lived. Most of the adults and children in third class were immigrants who boarded the Titanic seeking out a new life in the United States.

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