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 and what were the true stories of the real people that sailed on her?
The British registered ocean liner was completed 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 Royal Mail Ship Titanic was, on her maiden voyage, the largest vessel afloat.
On 10 April 1912 the Titanic 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.
324 1st class passengers, 201 survived.
277 2nd class passengers, 118 survived.
708 3rd class passengers, 181 survived.
885 crew members, 212 survived.
13 postmen/musicians, none survived.
Grand total: 2,207 on board, 712 survivors.
Length: 882 feet 9 inches, Beam: 92 feet
Gross tonnage: 46,328 tons
Propulsion: Three propellers, Two triple-expansion reciprocating steam engines, One low-pressure Parsons turbine
25 double-ended, 4 single-ended Scotch-type boilers
159 coal burning furnaces
Top speed : 23 knots.
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