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 »

The RMS Titanic weighed 46,328 tons gross with a displacement of 52,310 tons. The ship set out for its first voyage on April 10, 1912. It sank on April 14, 1912 after hitting an iceberg, killing over 1,500 people. More »

On April 10, 1912, 2,228 people boarded the Titanic. Of those, 1,343 of these people were passengers and 885 people were members of the crew. More »

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 »