On April 10th, 1912, the RMS Titanic left her Southampton port for her maiden voyage to New York, unaware of the icy fate that lay ahead. Sailed by Captain Edward John Smith, the most experienced captain in the White Star Line, one of the biggest and fastest ships known to modern times was deemed unsinkable. Just 4 days later people around the world would see that Titanic was, in fact, a sinkable ship. After hitting an iceberg at 11:40 pm at 22.5 knots - nearly top speed - the ship, and a majority of those onboard, would have less than 3 hours to live. Weighing in at a whopping 52,310 tons (117,170,000 pounds), no one expected the RMS Titanic to be split in two, taking over 1,500 lives - including Captain Smith’s - down to the ocean floor.
So was the event that cost over a thousand people their sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, grandparents and other close family members avoidable? Could a large staircase, a lack of binoculars, and a harsh comment to a radio operator, combined with other insignificant seeming events really sink the unsinkable? Through eyewitness testimony of the 706 survivors and research of the wreck, scientists were able to piece together the events leading up to the calamity of the Titanic. The information displayed in this website will tell the closest you can get to the true story of what went down before the Titanic went down.