Undoubtedly the most famous passenger ship of all time, the RMS Titanic has inspired dozens of movies, documentaries, and television stories. It was a study in contrasts — a lavish floating hotel for first-class passengers and a restrictive yet inexpensive mode of reaching America for emigrants.
Its passenger list juxtaposed some of the richest, most powerful people in the world with the teeming poor in steerage. Titanic’s collision with an iceberg on April 14, 1912, and its loss of nearly two-thirds of the people onboard was a tragedy that placed it in the realm of legend.
We’ve done our best to provide a clear and wide-ranging picture of the of the Titanic and its fateful maiden voyage.