The Sinking Of The Titanic

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Voyage of the Titanic

Titanic was a British ocean liner that struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912. The disaster occurred on the ship 's maiden (first) voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City. The ship struck the iceberg at about 11:40 p.m. on April 14. About two and a half hours later, the huge ocean liner broke in half and sank into the icy water.

The ship held at least 2,205 passengers and crew. Historians are not sure precisely how many people were on the ship, so they can only estimate the disaster 's death toll—more than 1,500 people. Many wealthy and famous passengers perished. They included the millionaire John Jacob Astor, the department store owner Isidor Straus, and the businessman Benjamin Guggenheim, all of the United States. The Titanic 's captain, Edward J. Smith of England, went down with the ship.
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Nor was the Titanic the first or the last famous ship to sink on its maiden voyage. Nevertheless, it remains the world’s best known and most storied shipwreck. People have devoted more books, articles, motion pictures, and websites to the Titanic than to any other ship ever built. The 1997 film Titanic ranks as one of the most expensive and popular movies ever made. People continue to discuss and debate the ship and the manner of its sinking

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