This is it: 14th April, the day we mark the unthinkable: the sinking of the unsinkable.
One little sidelong scrape with an iceberg, barely enough the rattle the ice cubes in the passengers’ whisky-and-sodas. But it turned the world upside-down in countless tragic, moving, fascinating, unforgettable ways.
The sinking of the RMS Titanic occurred on the night of 14 April through to the morning of 15 April 1912 in the north Atlantic Ocean, four days into her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The largest passenger liner in service at the time, Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when she struck an iceberg at 23:40 on Sunday, 14 April 1912. Her sinking two hours and forty minutes later at 02:20 on Monday, 15 April resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, which made it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. The ship sank with over a thousand passengers and crew members still on board. Almost all those who jumped or fell into the water died from hypothermia within minutes.