Titanic Picture


How did Titanic sink?

At 11:40 pm on the night of April 14th 1912, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg that lead it to the sinking of the ship, it took less than 3 hours. Sje sinks into the North Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada on April 15, 1912 at 2:20 am. Out of more than 3,000 passengers only 2,227 survived, and 705 people of the crew survived. The wreck of the RMS Titanic lies at a depth of about 12,500 feet, about 370 miles southeast off the coast of Newfoundland.

Captain smith was the blame for the sinking of the Titanic. Smith failed the passengers and crew of the Titanic. He failed to receive ice warnings, he also did not slow down the ship when ice was reported directly in front of the Titanic’s path. This was mostly because he could not see the iceberg. He also allowed lifeboats to leave the sinking ship only partially filled. The sinking of the Titanic has become one of the most well known disasters in history. Because of the terrible loss of life and the end of what everyone believed was an "unsinkable" ship, people are intrigued and curious about what caused the rapid sinking of the Titanic. Several theories have developed since the sinking to explain the events that occurred on that horrible night. There are many possible reasons leading into the truth of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The failure of the hull steel resulted from brittle fractures caused by the high sulphur content of the steel, the low temperature water on the night of the disaster, and the high impact loading of the collision with the iceberg. When the Titanic hit the iceberg, the hull plates split open and continued cracking as the water flooded the ship. Low water temperatures and high impact loading also caused the major failure of the rivets used to fasten the hull plates to the ship's main structure. On impact, the rivets were either sheared off or the heads popped off because of excessive loading, which opened up riveted seams. Also, the rivets around the perimeter of the plates elongated due to the stresses applied by the water, which broke the caulking and provided another inlet for the water. The rapid sinking of the Titanic was worsened by the poor design of the transverse bulkheads of the watertight compartments. As water flooded the damaged compartments of the hull, the ship began to pitch forward, and water in the damaged compartments was able to spill over into adjacent compartments. Not only did the compartments not control the flooding, but they also contained the water in the bow, which increased the rate of sinking. There are still many many questions on what really caused the Titanic to sink. People also have serveral different opinions and take opposite positions on how they really think she (the Titanic) sank. Theres a numerous amount of thing that could have been done, changed and fixed that could've prevented the Titanic to sink the way it did.

Titanic at Night John Smith