The sinking of the Titanic

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Der Untergang der Titanic

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The RMS Titanic was sunk on the night of April 14 through the morning of April 15, 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean, four days after leaving Southampton, in the United Kingdom, to New York in the US. It was making its first trip.

  • The Titanic was the world’s largest passenger ship during that period, and it is estimated that 2,224 people were on board the ship when it hit an iceberg at 23.40 (local time) on Sunday, April 14, 1912.
  • It sank two hours and forty minutes later at 02:20 (05:18 GMT) on Monday, April 15 led to the death of more than 1,500 people, making it one of the most deadly marine disasters in history.
  • The Titanic was travelling almost at its maximum speed when his observers saw the iceberg. It could not turn fast enough, so the ship hit the iceberg with its right side, which led to the flooding of the ship and eventually to sink.
  • According to the then applicable practice, the Titanic lifeboat system was designed to carry passengers to nearby rescue ships and not to accommodate all passengers at the same time. Therefore, with the ship sinking rapidly, there was no safe place for many of the passengers and the crew. So when Titanic sank, hundreds of passengers and crew were still on board.
  • Almost all those who jumped or fell into the water drowned within minutes because of hypothermia.
  • Of course this event has become one of the most famous films (Titanic – 1997 film)