On this day, 100 years ago, one of the most iconic and luxurious ocean liners at the time sank into the the North Atlantic Ocean after crashing into an iceberg during her maiden voyage. Let’s take a look back at one of the most tragic maritime disasters in history after the jump.
When British passenger liner RMS Titanic set sail for her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City on April 10, 1912, many declared and believed it to be unsinkable and the world’s fastest ship. Designed by Irish shipbuilder William Pirrie and built by Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, it was intended to be “the last word in comfort and luxury” and meet the standards of the wealthiest travelers at the time. Boasting of eleven decks, opulent hotel-like interiors, high-class passenger facilities, and a total capacity of 3,339 passengers, the Titanic was, without a doubt, destined to become an iconic figure in maritime history.
But, no one could have perceived the disaster impending upon the luxurious liner during her transatlantic maiden voyage.
On April 15, at 11:40 PM (ship’s time), a lookout spotted an iceberg directly ahead of the ocean liner and signaled the bridge. However, it was too late; the Titanic had already collided with the iceberg on its starboard side, creating several holes below its waterline. Five of its watertight hull compartments were ruptured. As the ship could only withstand up to four of its compartments being flooded, the Titanic was doomed to a tragic fate.
The Titanic began capsizing bow-first (front), the compartments steadily filling with water and causing the stern (rear) to be raised above the water to a nearly vertical position. Then, the once dubbed “unsinkable” and luxurious ocean liner broke in half, before finally plunging into the ocean floor at around 2:20 AM.
The story and legacy of the Titanic (and its sinking, specifically) has since then been the inspiration and subject of popular culture, immortalized and popularized by the movie of the same name.
Now, let’s take a trip down the Titanic memory lane and look at some more photos to remember the once grandiose ocean liner by:
As an added treat, we leave you with the first video footage of the expedition to the Titanic: