Shipbuilders believed the Titanic was unsinkable because of its watertight compartments and doors. In the event of an accident, the captain could close these doors and prevent the boat from completely filling with water.... More »

More than 1500 people lost their lives with the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. The Titanic was believed to be unsinkable, and it was not equipped with enough lifeboats for all passengers and crew. More »

The Titanic originally set sail from Southampton, England, at noon on April 10, 1912. The ship traveled to Cherbourg, France, stopping only briefly that evening before leaving for Queenstown, Ireland. At 1:30 p.m. on Thu... More »

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The Titanic sank because it hit an iceberg, which tore a hole in the side of the ship and flooded six compartments with water. Thirty-eight thousand tons of water rushed to fill the ship, which resulted in the ship break... More »

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The White Star Line built the Titanic to compete with other shipping lines, especially with Cunard, which owned the two most prestigious ships, the Mauretania and Lusitania. The Lusitania’s luxurious interior and the Mau... More »

The Titanic provided several important lessons: it demonstrated the unprecedented capabilities of human watercraft engineering, and uncovered fatal flaws in ship design and safety. Ideas for creating the Titanic began du... More »

At the Titanic's beam, or widest point at the nautical waterline, it measured 92 feet 6 inches. Compared to modern ocean cruisers, this is somewhat small; the Costa Concordia, which foundered in 2012, measured 116 feet a... More »