The Titanic was a British passenger liner that famously sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, during its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, United States. The ship struck an iceberg and quickly became engulfed in water, resulting in the deaths of over 1,500 passengers and crew members.
At the time of its launch, the Titanic was the largest ship ever built, measuring over 882 feet long and weighing over 46,000 tons. It was considered a marvel of modern engineering and luxury, with features such as a swimming pool, gymnasium, libraries, and opulent furnishings. The Titanic was also equipped with wireless communication technology, allowing it to send and receive messages from other ships.
However, the ship’s tragic sinking was primarily due to a combination of factors, including excessive speed in icy conditions, a lack of adequate lifeboats, and inefficient communication between the crew members. The sinking of the Titanic led to significant changes in maritime regulations and safety practices, including improvements in the number of lifeboats required on ships and the establishment of an international ice patrol.
The Titanic’s fate has since become the subject of numerous books, documentaries, and films, most notably the 1997 blockbuster movie “Titanic” directed by James Cameron. The film dramatizes the events leading up to and following the ship’s sinking, while also highlighting the stories of fictional characters caught in the tragedy.