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- On this day in 1912, at 2:20 a.m, The British ocean liner Titanic sinks into the North Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada.
- The Titanic, one of the largest and most luxurious ocean liners ever built, departed Southampton, England for New York City on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on April 10.
- It was the massive ship, on its first journey across the highly competitive Atlantic ferry route, the ship carried some 2,200 passengers and crew had struck an iceberg two and half hours before.
- The Titanic was designed by the Irish shipbuilder William Pirrie and built in Belfast, and was thought to be the world’s fastest ship.
- It spanned 883 feet from stern to bow, and its hull was divided into 16 compartments that were presumed to be watertight.
- More than 1,500 people went down with the sinking ship or froze to death in the icy North Atlantic waters.
- Most of the 700 or so survivors were women and children. A number of notable American and British citizens died in the tragedy.