The sinking of the RMS Titanic was one of the worst maritime disasters in history. However, it could have been avoided if the crew had taken the necessary precautions needed to keep the passengers alive. The ship hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912 during its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City, New York and sank. At 883 feet, the Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time. Titanic was capable of going 26 mph, making it the fastest ship of its time.
The ship was owned by the White Star Line, a British shipping company. It was under the command of Edward Smith, the White Star Line’s senior captain. Titanic was built in Belfast, Ireland and sailed to Southampton, England, where she picked up her passengers and headed to America. When the ship hit the iceberg, almost everybody died. 1,503 of the 2,208 passengers survived, while the rest perished at sea.