The RMS Titanic, one of the world’s largest and most luxurious ocean liners, set sail from Southampton, England, on its first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on April 10, 1912. The Titanic was constructed in Belfast and was designed by Irish shipbuilder William Pirrie. It was believed to be the world’s fastest ship. It was 883 feet long from stern to bow, and its hull was apportioned into 16 watertight cells. It was deemed unsinkable because four of these compartments could be flooded without causing a critical loss of buoyancy.

It stretched within a few feet of the steamer New York as it left port but sailed safely by, prompting a collective sigh of relief among the passengers crammed onto the decks. The ship carried 2,200 passengers and crew on its first crossing of the highly competitive Atlantic ferry route.

When and where did the Titanic sink?

On April 15, 1912, at 2:20 a.m., the British ocean liner sank about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada, in the North Atlantic Ocean. Two and a half hours before, the huge ship, which held 2,200 passengers and crew, collided with an iceberg.

Sinking Titanic

Where is the Titanic ship now?

Since April 1912, when it sank after colliding with an iceberg on its virgin voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, the wreck has been lying at the Atlantic bed Ocean the coast of the Canadian province of Newfoundland.


How big was the Titanic?

It was one of the world’s biggest and most luxurious ships. It had a gross registered tonnage (carrying capacity) of 46,328 tonnes and displaced (weighed) more than 52,000 tonnes when fully laden. It measured approximately 882.5 feet (269 meters) long and 92.5 feet (28.2 meters) high at its widest stage.

In terms of safety features, it had 16 compartments, each with doors that could be locked from the deck, allowing water to be trapped if the hull was breached. The bulkheads were not sealed at the tip, even though they were assumed to be watertight. According to the ship’s designers, four of the compartments could be flooded without jeopardizing the liner’s buoyancy. Many people believed it was unsinkable because of the device.


The Titanic was commenced on May 31, 1911, after the hull and the main superstructure were completed. The fitting-out process began after the ship’s machinery was loaded and interior work began. Its configuration was slightly altered after the Olympic’s maiden voyage in June 1911. It underwent sea trials in early April 1912, during which the ship was declared seaworthy.

The Titanic’s wireless radio operators, Jack Phillips, and Harold Bride, had been issuing iceberg alerts for most of the voyage, with most of them being relayed to the deck. The two men worked for the Marconi Company, and a large part of their responsibilities included relaying messages from passengers. On the evening of April 14, it began approaching an iceberg-prone location. Smith changed the ship’s direction slightly to the south. He did, however, keep the ship’s speed at about 22 knots.

The Mesaba sent an alert of an ice field around 9:40 p.m. The message was never sent to the bridge. The nearby Leyland liner Californian sent news at 10:55 p.m. that it had come to a halt after being engulfed in ice. Phillips scolded the Californian for interrupting him when he was handling passenger messages.

In the Titanic’s crow’s nest, two lookouts, Frederick Fleet and Reginald Lee, were deployed. The fact that the ocean was unusually calm that night made their mission more difficult: an iceberg would be harder to find because there would be less water fracturing at its base. Furthermore, the binoculars from the crow’s nest were missing. An iceberg was spotted about 400 nautical miles (740 kilometers) south of Newfoundland, Canada, at 11:40 p.m., and the bridge was informed.

Titanic, unsinkable ship

First Officer William Murdoch instructed both the ship and the engines to be turned “hard-a-starboard”—a procedure that would turn the ship to port (left). The ship started to turn, but it was too close for a collision to be avoided. The iceberg scraped the ship’s starboard side. At least five of the ship’s ostensibly watertight compartments near the bow were breached. After evaluating the damage, Andrews concluded that as the ship’s forward compartments filled with water, the bow would sink deeper into the ocean, allowing water from the ruptured compartments to spill over into subsequent compartments, sealing the ship’s fate. The Titanic was doomed to sink. 

Smith instructed Phillips to start sending distress signals, one of which entered the Carpathia at 12:20 a.m. on April 15, prompting the Cunard ship to head straight for the stranded liner. The Carpathia, on the other hand, was 58 nautical miles (107 kilometers) away when it got the signal, and reaching it would take more than three hours. Other ships, like the Olympic, replied as well, but they were all too far away. Although a ship was spotted nearby, it was unable to communicate with it. The Californian was also in the area, but it had switched off its wireless for the night.

Attempts were made to reach nearby vessels, and lifeboats were launched, with women and children being the first to board. Although it had more lifeboats than the British Board of Trade needed, its 20 boats could only hold 1,178 people, much less than the passengers’ estimated number. Lifeboats were launched at a low capacity because crew members were concerned that the davits would not handle the weight of a fully-loaded boat. (The Titanic’s planned lifeboat exercise had been canceled earlier in the day, and the crew had no idea the davits had been checked in Belfast.) It’s lifeboat number 7, which was the first to leave the ship, sank.

When was the titanic movie released?

Titanic is a 1997 American romantic adventure film centered on the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The film was a huge hit, and it remained the all-time box office gross champion for more than a decade after its release.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet starer’s movie is one of the highest-grossing movies. The Titanic Movie gained a lot of success and, Celina Dion’s “My heart will go on” gained the title of Titanic Song. 

There were speculations of a Titanic 2 to come into action, but we all know the idea was scrapped.