The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912. The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 On April 10, 1912, the Titanic, largest ship afloat, left Southampton, England on her maiden voyage to New York City.
The White Star Line had spared no expense in assuring her luxury. A legend even before she sailed, her passengers were a mixture of the world's wealthiest basking in the elegance of first class accommodations and immigrants packed into steerage. She was touted as the safest ship ever built, so safe that she carried only 20 lifeboats - enough to provide accommodation for only half her 2,200 passengers and crew. This discrepancy rested on the belief that since the ship's construction made her "unsinkable," her lifeboats were necessary only to rescue survivors of other sinking ships.
Four days into her journey, at 11:40 P.M. on the night of April 14, she struck an iceberg. It became obvious that many would not find safety in a lifeboat. Titanic Movie vs. Titanic History - Pictures, Survivors, Facts. When anyone asks me how I can best describe my experience in nearly forty years at sea, I merely say, uneventful.
Of course there have been winter gales, and storms and fog and the like. But in all my experience, I have never been in any accident… or any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort. - Captain E.J. Questioning the Story: Were Jack and Rose based on real people? Titanic Survivors. Welcome to the History of the Titanic.
How many Titanic survivors were there? Related article: Titanic passenger list Sources disagree on the actual number, ranging from 705 to 713. But the odds of surviving were definitely higher for upper-class women and children, and female crew members. The rescue of first class passengers was not a general priority; although all but four of the 140 women traveling first class survived, only 57 of the 175 men were saved. A video of titanic survivors. Oldest, youngest and longest-lived passengers The Titanic passengers ranged in age from 71 years to 73 days. The youngest passenger was 2-month-old Elizabeth Gladys Millvina Dean. Coincidentally, Millvina Dean was the last of the Titanic survivors; the 97-year-old spinster died in 2009.
Unseen Titanic. The wreck sleeps in darkness, a puzzlement of corroded steel strewn across a thousand acres of the North Atlantic seabed.
Fungi feed on it. Weird colorless life-forms, unfazed by the crushing pressure, prowl its jagged ramparts. From time to time, beginning with the discovery of the wreck in 1985 by Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard and Jean-Louis Michel, a robot or a manned submersible has swept over Titanic’s gloomy facets, pinged a sonar beam in its direction, taken some images—and left. In recent years explorers like James Cameron and Paul-Henry Nargeolet have brought back increasingly vivid pictures of the wreck. Yet we’ve mainly glimpsed the site as though through a keyhole, our view limited by the dreck suspended in the water and the ambit of a submersible’s lights. Until now. History - London's Burning: The Great Fire. 1997: Princess Diana dies in Paris crash.
1997: Princess Diana dies in Paris crash Diana, Princess of Wales, has died after a car crash in Paris.
She was taken to hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning where surgeons tried for two hours to save her life but she died at 0300 BST. In a statement Buckingham Palace said the Queen and the Prince of Wales were "deeply shocked and distressed". Prince Charles broke the news of their mother's death to Princes William and Harry at Balmoral Castle in Scotland where the royal family had been spending the summer. The accident happened after the princess left the Ritz Hotel in the French capital with her companion, Dodi Al Fayed - son of Harrods owner, Mohammed Al Fayed. Criminal investigation Dodi Al Fayed and the vehicle's driver were also killed in the collision in a tunnel under the Place de l'Alma in the centre of the city. The princess' Mercedes car was apparently being pursued at high speed by photographers on motorbikes when it hit a pillar and smashed into a wall.