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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The following people were born
HARRIS, Mr Henry Birkhardt — 1st December 1866
FRAUENTHAL, Mrs Clara — 1st December 1869
PANULA, Mrs Maija Emelia Abrahamintytar — 1st December 1870
PITFIELD, Mr William James — 1st December 1886

The following people died
WILSON, Miss Helen Alice — 1st December 1939
JOHANNESEN, Mr Bernt Johannes — 1st December 1962
SANDSTRöM, Mrs Agnes Charlotta — 1st December 1985
HARDER, Mrs Dorothy — 1st December 1926

These items were published
New York Times (1908) COL. ASTOR AT NEWPORT
Chicago Examiner (1912) Second Titanic Baby Born
New York Tribune (1912) Father of Mrs. Smith’s Boy Went Down with Ship.
(1915) Harrison : Titanic Relief Fund, Liverpool Area
(1915) Minutes of Titanic Relief Fund

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