Women and Children First Final farewells aboard the Titanic (Mariners' Museum)

Encyclopedia Titanica

Titanic Facts, History and Biography

Discover the true story of a tragedy

Titanic was the greatest shipwreck drama of the 20th century, a catastrophic event that has already passed into myth and legend. But what is the truth behind the myth?

The British registered ocean liner was built in 1912 for the transatlantic passenger and mail service between Southampton and New York. Constructed at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland the Titanic was, on her maiden voyage, the largest vessel afloat.

On 10 April 1912 the new liner sailed from Southampton, England with 2,208 passengers and crew, but four days later she collided with an iceberg and sank: 1496 people died and 712 survived. This website tells their story and that of the great ship with which their lives would be inextricably linked.

Encyclopedia Titanica contains a biography for every person that travelled on the maiden voyage as well as information about the places people came from and the ships her crew served on. Search or browse the passenger and crew lists.

Constantly revised and updated by a dedicated crew of our own, Encyclopedia Titanica is the ultimate Titanic resource.

On our Facebook Group and message board you'll meet historians, enthusiasts and the descendants of passengers and crew. The members will be happy to answer your queries and help you with researching the history and the stories of the people who sailed on her.

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On this Day...

The following people were born
VANDERPLANCKE, Mr Julius — 8th February 1881
HAGLAND, Mr Ingvald Olai Olsen — 8th February 1884
PANULA, Master Jaako Arnold — 8th February 1897

The following people died
CLARKE, Mrs Ada Maria — 8th February 1953
NAJIB KIAMIE, Miss Adele — 8th February 1924

These items were published
Cork Examiner (1913) Titanic Gantry Designer Dies
Titanica! (2003) Titanic's Final Manoeuvre

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Titanic's centre anchor was at the time, and for some time to follow, the largest anchor ever forged by hand. Jonathan Smith explores the construction of the anchor and the company that created it.

Posted by Encyclopedia Titanica on Monday, 3 August 2015