Since the ship was to be marketed around its grandiosity, the name ‘Titanic’ was chosen to remind everyone the extravagance of the ship at its every utterance.The ship was advertised as a behemoth; as ‘unsinkable’ that nothing could touch and was claimed as the safest ship ever built.The Titanic finally sank three hours after it struck the iceberg and only 705 people survived the sinking.
The ship was built by the British shipping company White Star Fleet, and was second in a line of three Olympic-class ocean liners.
The combined cost of the first two ships was £2 million, which is roughly £319 million today.
Third class also suffered greatly, as only 174 of its approximately 710 passengers survived.
—which was discovered on September 1, 1985—is located at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, some 13,000 feet (4,000 metres) underwater.
The first boat was launched with only 28 people in it- woefully under-filled.
The evacuation process followed the ‘’women and children first’’ protocol, however there was a clear class bias; many first-class men were saved yet a large portion of third-class women and children perished.Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work!Titanic, in full Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic, British luxury passenger liner that sank on April 14–15, 1912, during its maiden voyage, en route to New York City from Southampton, England, killing about 1,500 () passengers and ship personnel.One of the most famous tragedies in modern history, it inspired numerous stories, several films, and a musical and has been the subject of much scholarship and scientific speculation.’s demise was a collision with an iceberg that caused the ocean liner to sink on April 14–15, 1912.While the ship could reportedly stay afloat if as many as 4 of its 16 compartments were breached, the impact had affected at least 5 compartments.Original passenger and crew lists were rendered inaccurate by such factors as misspellings, omissions, aliases, and failure to count musicians and other contracted employees as either passengers or crew members. committee investigating the sinking, 1,517 lives were lost, and its British counterpart determined that 1,503 died.However, it is generally believed that of the ship’s approximately 2,200 passengers and crew members, some 1,500 people perished when the ship sank. The crew suffered the most casualties, with about 700 fatalities.White Star Fleet’s two main rivals Cunard and Hamburg America had just released two ships marketed around the speed of their cruisers.White Star Fleet then decided to produce ships that would be marketed around their size and grandeur, as well as providing excellent comfort and luxury.The Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14 at around 2330.The impact wasn’t seen to be a fatal one initially as the firemen compared the sound of the impact to ‘’the tearing of calico, nothing more’’.