Titanic Leaving Southampton - April 10, 1912
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This site is dedicated to the 1,522 men, women and children who lost there lives on the morning of April 15th, 1912.
Last Titanic Survivor, Millvina Dean, passes away at age 97.
This R.M.S. TITANIC MEMORIAL SITE is dedicated to the 1,522 men, women and children who lost their lives that cold morning of April 15, 1912 and the 705 survivors that spent up to 6 hours huddled in lifeboats in freezing temperatures of the North Atlantic before being rescued by the Cunard Liner Carpathia.
The song playing on this web page is "Nearer, my God, to Thee". It is generally accepted that this is the song played by the Titanic's band lead by Wallace Hartley, as the she sank beneath the ocean. The entire band perished.
"...it seems to me that the disaster about to occur was the event that not only made the world rub its eyes and awake, but woke it with a start...to my mind the world of today awoke April 15th, 1912..."
Jack Thayer, Titanic Survivor
"...her lights, which had shone without a flicker all night, went out suddenly, came on again for a single flash, then went out altogether. And as they did so, there came a noise, partly a roar, partly a groan, partly a rattle, and partly a smash. When the noise was over, the Titanic was still upright like a column: we could see her not only as the stern and some 150 feet of her stood outlined against the star-specked sky, and in this position she continued for some minutes."
Lawrence Beesley, Titanic Survivor
"I will not go before the other men.", says Isidor Straus as He is offered a place in Lifeboat #8 with his wife. As Ida Straus steps back from the boat to rejoin her husband, "We will not be separated, as we have lived together, so will we die together."
Isidor and Ida Straus, Titanic Victims
"My child, when your mother comes for you, as she surely will, tell her that I loved her dearly and still do. Tell her I expected her to follow us, so that we might all live happily together in the peace and freedom of the New World."
Michel Navratil tells Michel, Jr. as he passes them through to board Collapsible D, Titanic Victim
"There arose to the sky the most horrible sounds ever heard by mortal man except those of us who survived this terrible tragedy. The agonizing cries of death from over a thousand throats, the wails and groans of the suffering, the shrieks of the terror-stricken and the awful gasping for breath of those in the last throes of drowning, none of us will ever forget to our dying day."
Archibald Gracie, Titanic Survivor
"Smoke and sparks were rushing out of her funnel. There must have been an explosion, but we had heard none. We only saw the big stream of sparks. The ship was gradually turning on her nose...I had only one thing on my mind...to get away from the suction. The band was still playing. I guess all of the band went down. I suppose I was 150 feet away when the Titanic on her nose, with her after-quarter sticking straight up in the air, began to settle slowly.
Harold Bride, Titanic Survivor
TITANIC SINKS FOUR HOURS AFTER HITTING ICEBERG; 866 RESCUED BY CARPATHIA, PROBABLY 1250 PERISH; ISMAY SAFE, MRS. ASTOR MAYBE, NOTED NAMES MISSING
The New York Times Headlines, April 16, 1912
TITANIC DISASTER GREAT LOSS OF LIFE - EVENING NEWS
Sign carried by newsboy in London streets
J. J. ASTOR LOST ON TITANIC
1,500 TO 1,800 DEAD
The New York American Headlines, April 16, 1912
SUFFERING INTENSE AND LOSS OF LIFE APPALLING IN OCEAN DISASTER
SEA SWALLOWS TITANIC AND 1500 MEN ON BOARD; WOMEN, CHILDREN SAFE
Red Wing Daily Republican Headlines, April 16, 1912
The sinking of the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic is the most studied maritime disaster of all time. There have been other maritime disasters with great loss of life but the Titanic continues to hold the interest of the world. Please see my Titanic Commentary in the links above. Numerous books, movies, articles and Web pages on the Internet keep the legacy alive. There are several clubs in the world for people who are interested in the disaster. One of the most famous is the Titanic Historical Society (THS). The THS holds conventions on a regular basis.
|The Guinness Book of World Records lists the Titanic disaster as the most accidental deaths on a ship in peacetime.|
|Other Major Sea Disasters|
|The Morro Castle Disaster||Great Shipwrecks|
|The Empress of Ireland||Andrea Doria|
|Lost Liners||RMS Lusitania|
Comparison of Major Sea Disasters
|R.M.S. Titanic||Empress of Ireland||Lusitania||Britannic||Andrea Doria|
|April 15, 1912||May 29, 1914||May 7, 1915||Nov. 21, 1916||July 25, 1956|
|Sank in 2 hrs. 40 min.||Sank in 14 min.||Sank in 18 min.||Sank in 57 min.||Sank in 11 hrs.|
|705 saved||465 saved||764 saved||1070 saved||1660 saved|
|1522 lost||1014 lost||1195 lost||30 lost||46 lost|
|2227 on board||1479 on board||1959 on board||1100 on board||1706 on board|
|Starboard side by iceburg||Starboard side by another ship in the fog||Starboard side by torpedo from a U-Boat||Port side by submerged mine||Starboard side by another ship in the fog|
The Titanic was bid a fond fairwell as it left Queenstown, Ireland bound for New York on April 11, 1912. This is the last picture ever taken of her afloat as she sailed off into the sunset and her tragic end just 3 days later.