Learn about the titanic
- The Titanic was built between 1909 and 1911.
It was 882 feet (269 metres) in length and 175 feet (53 metres) in height.
The Titanic had a crew of around 900 people.
The Titanic’s engines were powered by pressurized steam from burning coal.
It was a luxury passenger liner that carried some of the world’s richest people as well as others looking for a new life in North America.
The Titanic's intended course was from Southampton, England to New York City, USA.
It left Southampton on April 10, 1912 and stopped at destinations in France and Ireland before heading west towards New York.
It collided with an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912.
While the Titanic carried over 2200 people, there were only enough life boats for around 1200 of them.
Over 1500 people died because of the sinking.
The remains of the Titanic wreck sit on the sea bed over 12400 feet (3780 metres) beneath the surface.
Did you know
You may already know that the Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on the night of April 14, 1912 and sunk just over two-and-a-half hours later, but do you know the following ten facts about the Titanic?
what are icebergs??
How can ice be dangerous?
- Icebergs look like huge frozen mountains, floating low in the water. They are an impressive sight, but are dangerous things for a ship to encounter.
- How do icebergs form?
- Glaciers, slow moving rivers of ice, flow over land in Antarctica and the Arctic. When the edge of a glacier meets a sea or ocean, it forms an ice shelf. The edge of the glacier floats on water.
- An iceberg forms when part of the ice shelf cracks and breaks off. The iceberg is free to float into the ocean and drift away from the land.