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The Titanic 1912 sinking remains a legend steeped in tragedy and a mysterious allure. Many people are curious about the ship that was billed as 'unsinkable.' Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the RMS Titanic as well as answers.


What are the causes of Titanic to sink?
The primary factor involved the ship's collision with a massive iceberg. The ship had been billed as 'unsinkable' due to sixteen compartments that were believed to be watertight. When the ship struck the iceberg, six of those compartments were damaged and the ship began to take on water very rapidly.


When did the Titanic sink?
The ship struck a massive iceberg late on the night of April 14, 1912. It took approximately 3 hours for the entire ship to sink. The Titanic became completely submerged about 2:45 AM on the morning of April 15, 1912.


Where did the Titanic sink?
The Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean, having covered half of her trans-Atlantic crossing. The remains of the Titanic were eventually located approximately 13 miles southeast of the location of her last distress call. This distance contributed to part of the difficulty in locating the Titanic, which was finally discovered in 1985.


The location of the Titanic's wreck is somewhere southeast of Newfoundland (Canada), as you can see on the interactive map here:



What did the Titanic look like?
The Titanic was 882 feet and 8 inches long (268 meters) and weighed over 46,000 tons. The ship was approximately 11 stories high. The majority of the ship was painted with a glossy black, while the hull trim was painted white.


Where was the Titanic bound for?
The Titanic departed Southampton, England; made two port calls (one in France and another in Ireland) and was bound for New York.


What is the specific location of the Titanic?
The Titanic is located 1000 miles due east of Boston, Massachusetts and 375 miles southeast of St. John's, Newfoundland. The ship is located approximately 3,925 meters below sea.


How many people were on the Titanic?
Of the 2,228 people on board the ship; 1,343 of them were passengers and 885 were crew members. There were only enough lifeboats on board the ship to hold 1,178 people. A number of the lifeboats were lowered at less than full capacity, resulting in a significantly smaller survivor number.


How many people survived the Titanic?
The exact number of survivors tends to vary, however the most common reported number is 705.


How many people died on the Titanic?
1517 people lost their life on the Titanic. Among the dead were:

  • 130 first-class passengers
  • 166 second-class passengers
  • 536 third-class passengers
  • 685 crew members

What ship building company built the Titanic?
The Titanic was constructed by Harland and Wolf in Belfast, Ireland.


Was the Titanic a British ship or an American ship?
Although a number of prominent American families were aboard the ocean liner, the Titanic was a British ship.


How much did it cost to build the Titanic?
It cost $7,500,000 to build the Titanic. Today it would cost an estimated $400,000,000.


How big was the Titanic?
The length of the Titanic was 882 feet and 9 inches (that's about 269 meter). The ship was 92 feet and 6 inches (28 meter) wide and 175 feet (53 meter) high.


When was the Titanic built?
The Titanic was on her maiden voyage when she sank in 1912. Construction began on the ship on March 31, 1909.


How long did it take to build the Titanic?
It took 3 years to completely construct and outfit the Titanic.



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