The RMS Titanic was a British Olympic-class ocean liner that was wrecked in the early hours of April 15, 1912, during its maiden voyage, due to a collision with an iceberg that occurred overnight.

The second of a trio of ocean liners, the Titanic, along with her twin brothers RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic, was designed to offer a weekly liner connection to America and ensure dominance of ocean routes on the White Star Line. Built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, the Titanic represented the ultimate expression of naval technology of the time and was the largest and most luxurious ocean liner in the world. During her maiden voyage (from Southampton to New York via Cherbourg and Queenstown), she collided with an iceberg at 11:40 pm (ship time) on Sunday April 14, 1912.

The impact with the iceberg caused the opening of some leaks below the waterline, flooding the first 5 watertight compartments of the ocean liner, which 2 hours and 40 minutes later caused the sinking of the ship (at 2:20 am on the 15th April), making it break into two sections. In the shipwreck they lost their lives between 1490 and 1523 people, including crew members; only 706 people managed to survive, 6 of which were rescued among the people who ended up in the water. The event caused enormous public bewilderment and led to the convening of the first conference on the safety of human life at sea.

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Incardona Salvatore e Signorello Giovanni- Istituto comprensivo “O.G.De Cruyllas” Ramacca. Docente : Marilena Tamburino



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