The Titanic was one of history’s most famous ships, but not for the reason the designers imagined. She was captained by John Smith, the most experienced White Star captain, who was known to many as the “Millionaires Captain” because of his prestigious clientele. Today we remember the Titanic as one of the most significant marine disasters of modern history. The so-called “Unsinkable” ship sank to the depths of the Atlantic on April 14, 1912 after striking an iceberg late into the night.
The Titanic left on its Maiden Voyage, across the Atlantic, from Southampton, England with the purpose of docking in New York City.
Out of the total of 2,223 people aboard the Titanic, only 706 passengers and crew made it out with their lives. Sinking in only 2 hours and 40 minutes, people barely had any time to react, and many were trapped below decks.
What caused the tragedy?
From missing keys to a ridiculously low number of lifeboats to a slight delay in the ship’s launch. It could also be the poor construction choices of cheaper materials and shorter bulkheads that caused the Titanic’s demise. In the end, it would all come together to make the perfect conditions for disaster.