Saturday, 15 April 2017

Date With History: 1912


April 15th, 2.20 am: Five days into her maiden voyage to New York, the White 
Star Line's newest and largest luxury liner RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic,
just 160 minutes after colliding with an iceberg, about 375 miles south of Newfoundland.
The disaster claimed over 1,500 lives, and stunned the world, inspiring many tales
of both heroism and human frailty.
The Cunard ship Carpathia arrived at the site of the sinking at 4 am, and rescued over 700 survivors (from 20 lifeboats, but with the capacity for a thousand) - 497 passengers, and 216 crew.
Despite an extensive search, only 333 bodies were ever recovered - 150 victims
were buried in Halifax, Canada.
The broken wreck of Titanic - discovered in 1985 by Bob Ballard - remains on 
the seabed, at a depth of 12,400 feet, but leaves an unsinkable legacy.

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