In what year did the Titanic sink?


Quick Answer

The RMS Titanic sank while on her maiden voyage on April 15, 1912. Built by the White Star Line, the Titanic was deemed one of the safest ships in the world, but it sank just over 2 1/2 hours after it sideswiped an iceberg in the North Atlantic.

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The largest ship in the world at the time, and one of the most luxurious, the Titanic left Southampton, England, on April 10, 1912, headed for New York. The Titanic carried 2,200 passengers and crew, but it did not carry enough lifeboats to accommodate everyone on board. In the confusion of evacuation, most lifeboats were lowered with fewer people than they could hold. The Carpathia received the Titanic's distress call, rushed to the scene, and rescued 705 survivors from the lifeboats.

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