This Weekend Marks the Titanic’s 100th Anniversary
It was 100 years ago that the British passenger liner "The Titanic" set sail on it's maiden voyage from England to New York City. If you recall, it was known as "the ship of dreams", until that deadly night...
The Titanic was built in Belfast, Ireland and set sail from Southampton, England on April 10, 1912. There were 2,224 people on-board the ship, which made stops in France and Ireland while on it's way to New York City.
The Titanic (which was the largest ship afloat at the time) was just four day into it's maiden voyage when it hit an iceberg about 375 miles south of Newfoundland. The ship struck the iceberg around 11:40PM on the night of April 14th, and finally split and began sinking around 2:20AM on April 15th. An estimated 1, 514 people died as a result of the catastrophe, and 710 people were rescued after exiting the ship on lifeboats.
After the initial shock and anger of losing so many lives on the luxury cruise ship, the Titanic continues to attract much attention around the world. One hundred years after setting sail, the "unsinkable" ship still sits about 12-thousand feet below the surface, on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.