Titanic Hits Iceberg

April 14, 2022

On the evening of April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic struck a North Atlantic iceberg as it made its way towards New York City, just four days after it left Southampton for its first voyage. The iceberg that sank the Titanic was estimated to be 1.5m tonnes in size, 400 feet long, and 100 feet above the ocean surface. The seemingly indestructible ship split into two before both parts sank beneath the freezing Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of April 15.

This great tragedy resulted in the death of 1,517 of the 2,223 people on board. Of the 109 children traveling on the Titanic, 53 were killed when the ship sank. Luckily, a nearby Carpathia ship heard distress signals from the Titanic and arrived to save the lives of 705 people.

This catastrophe sent shockwaves across the globe. The sinking of the biggest passenger ship ever built at the time has been widely investigated over the last century, but it’s still not evident what exactly happened. On the day of the disaster, it is said the ship’s Captain, E.J Smith, was sailing the Titanic at high speed in the dark, while others blame Chief Radio Operator Jack Phillips for failing to pass the iceberg warning onto the Titanic’s bridge. Even more recent studies claim that a lengthy fire prior to departure compromised the integrity of the ship’s hull, making it unable to handle any kind of trauma. 

Further adding to the conspiracy, a study by British historian Tim Maltin revealed that on the night of the disaster, the atmosphere caused an optical illusion that caused mirages on the dark sea, preventing the Titanic lookouts from spotting the fatal iceberg in time. It was this same mirage that prevented the SS California (only 20 miles away)  from coming to the Titanic’s aid.

The sinking of the Titanic remains one of the world’s biggest disasters to this day.

10 Comments

  1. James F M Baur Jr

    The question: How long did it take for the Titanic to sink? Was never answered. Why ask the question in the first place if you aren’t going to answer the question?
    Seems kinda stupid to me.

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  2. JOYCE A KAMRATH

    You didn’t answer the question of how long it took to sink.

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  3. Darren

    Here’s a comment for you… Answer the damn question in the headline you posted to get me to read the piece of crap story of how long it took the Titanic to sink

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  4. Stephen Goll

    This is just one of the many sea disasters throughout history.

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  5. Jean Burger

    It still does not address the main question “How long did it take the Titanic to sink” as per heading. I believe it was just over 4 hours.

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  6. Clayguy

    How long did it take the Titanic to sink? You NEVER mentioned that in your very brief story on the sinking of the Titanic. I can only assume that your title is just click bait. This is not the first time this has happened. You’ve lost a follower.

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  7. \Alice Charlon

    It took about 2 hours and 40 to sink

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  8. MRH

    Several corrections:

    !) There were 2,208 people onboard.
    2) 1,496 perished
    3) 712 survived.
    4) The Californian was approximately 14 miles away.
    5) The fire has been debunked; it played no role in the sinking. The displaced coal from starboard to port, however, caused a list to port and did contribute to the tragedy.

    I hope this helps.

    And, yes, I am a long-standing member of the Titanic community and have conducted years of research. I know of which I speak. That should clarify the situation.

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  9. Aki Lagman

    I like reading your articles

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  10. Tati

    I think the bigger question is why there were not enough lifeboats! Was anyone ever held responsible for that? That happened in Southampton before she even sailed. This especially when it was a maiden voyage, should have been prepared for anything!

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