It was a tragedy how the world’s first “unsinkable” ship managed to sink. The RMS Titanic was one of three ships that were almost identical. The other ships were called Olympic and Britannic. Titanic was 883 feet long, 92 feet and 6 inches tall, and about 46,328 gross register tons. She went 26 miles per hour at top speed and was said to be the fastest ship at the time. This was also Titanic’s maiden voyage, which means that this was her first trip.
On April 10, 1912, Titanic set sail from Southampton, England on a voyage to New York. The titanic hit the ice berg about 370 miles southeast off the coast of Newfoundland on April 14, 1912. Out of the 2240 passengers, over 1500 died and about 740 lived. More lives could have been saved if there were more life boats on the ship.
The captain of the titanic was named Edward Smith. He was the most experienced captain of White Star Line (the company who owned Titanic). Smith was called “The Millionaire’s Captain” because of all the expensive ships he drove. It is said that Smith never drank while he was sailing Titanic. He had never messed up while driving a ship until Titanic, which wasn’t his fault.