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 and explore detailed Titanic deckplans.

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

On our community 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
PUZEY, Mr John Edward — 28th February 1868
MURDOCH, Mr William McMaster — 28th February 1873
HOYT, Mrs Jane Anne — 28th February 1881
VILLVARLANGE, Mr Pierre Léon Gabriel — 28th February 1893
VAN BILLIARD, Master Walter John — 28th February 1903

These items were published
The Times (1906) The Olympian Games
Sphere (1911) 1911 Events of the Season
New York Dramatic Mirror (1912) Personalities of Players
The Salt Lake Tribune (1913) TITANIC SURVIVOR IN SALT LAKE

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