It may have occurred over 100 years ago, but the sinking of the RMS Titanic has captured imaginations in a way few historic tragedies have, and not just because of the 1997 film starring Leonardo Dicaprio (R.I.P Jack, you could have fit on the door,) but because it was such an iconic story of history.
Practically everyone knows the story. Only four days into its maiden voyage, the Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean at approximately 11:40pm, and sank in the early hours of the 15th April 1912.
The passenger liner was on its way from Southhampton to New York City, and had 2,224 people on board at the time.
This was particularly shocking as the Titanic was dubbed “the unsinkable ship,” a serious case of sod’s law if we ever saw one.
It took just two hours and forty minutes for the liner to go down, and as it was one of the largest and most luxurious passenger ships of its era, many wealthy patrons died alongside the poor.
The day before the accident the Titanic received no less than six sea ice warnings, but was still travelling at almost full speed when ship lookouts spotted the deadly iceberg.
Unable to turn in time, the ship suffered a blow to its starboard side, ripping open five of her sixteen compartments.
The ship had been constructed to stay afloat if up to four of her compartments were breached, and the crew quickly realised they were going down.