The Titanic - RMS Titanic Ship Facts & Information
More Titanic lifeboats seen approaching the Carpathia. The sail of lifeboat 14 had been broken as it tows one of the collapsable lifeboats.
Under the command of Edward Smith, the ship leaved Southampton with 2224 passengers aboard, including some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as hundreds of poor emigrants from Europe seeking a new life in North America. The ship had advanced safety features, but there were not enough lifeboats to accommodate all of those aboard. Only 1,178 people can be carried in lifeboats.
Four days into the crossing and about 375 miles (600 km) south of Newfoundland, she hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm ship's time. The glancing collision caused Titanic's hull plates to buckle inwards along her starboard side and opened five of her sixteen watertight compartments to the sea; the ship gradually filled with water. Meanwhile, passengers and some crew members were evacuated in lifeboats, many of which were launched only partly loaded.
By 2:20 AM, the giant ship broke apart and foundered, with over 1000 people still aboard. Just under two hours after the sinking, the Cunard liner RMS Carpathia arrived and brought aboard about 705 survivors.
74: The number of years it took to find the wreck of the Ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
64 : The number of lifeboats supposed to be aboard the ship.
20 : The number of lifeboats she actually carried.
65: Maximum capacity of a lifeboat.
28 : The number of people on board the first lifeboat.
2 : The number of workers killed during the construction process.
Who doesn’t know about Titanic? The famous British ship that was designed to be unsinkable, but it finally sank on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during its long trip from Southampton, UK to New York City, US. About 1,500 people died, and the largest ship made at the time led to one of the biggest disasters in modern history.
$7,500,000 : The total cost of building the RMS Titanic.
12,600 feet : The depth at which the wreck of the ship lays.
882 feet : The length of the ship.
3,547 : The maximum number of people the ship could carry.
2,223 : The number of people aboard, including passengers and crew.
1,178: The number of people that could be carried in the lifeboats.
705 : The number of people who survived the tragedy.