Frequently Asked Questions

  • When did Titanic sink?
    Titanic struck the iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 1912. She sank 2 hours, 40 minutes later at 2:20 a.m. the next day.
  • Why was Titanic built?
    The Ship was built for several reasons. It was intended to be a cargo ship as much as a luxury ocean liner. The “RMS” in RMS Titanic stands for “Royal Mail Ship.” Titanic carried British mail to the United States. Besides mail, it also carried general cargo and frozen meat from America since at the time Europe could not produce enough livestock to meet its own needs.
  • How large was Titanic?
    Titanic was 882 feet 8 inches long, 92 feet 6 inches in breadth. Her designed waterline was 34 feet, 7 inches above the keel. At that waterline, Titanic weighed 52,310 tons or 117,174,400 pounds. The Ship's hull and superstructure contained 4,632,800 cubic feet (46,328 gross tons) of space. Of that, 2,183,100 cubic feet (21,831 net tons) were used to make money by carrying passengers or cargo.
  • How many passengers were on board?
    There were 2,228 passengers on Titanic: 324 in First Class, 284 in Second Class, 710 in Third Class, and 910 crewmembers.
  • How many crew were there on board?
    At the time of the sinking, the Ship's crew consisted of 885 men and women divided between three departments:
    • The Deck Department
    • The Engine Department
    • The Victualling or “Passenger Care” Department
    Not included in this list are the eight members of the Ship's band who were technically from another company and traveled under second-class tickets.
  • Who built Titanic?
    Titanic was constructed by the shipbuilding firm of Harland & Wolff at their Queen’s Island Works in Belfast, Ireland.
  • Where is Titanic now?
    Titanic's wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coastline. Titanic lies 2.5 miles beneath the ocean surface, where the pressure is 6,000 pounds per square inch.
  • How many survivors are alive today?
    The last living survivor, Millvina Dean, recently passed away on May 31, 2009 as the oldest survivor of Titanic at age 97.
  • Can Titanic be raised?
    Sadly, even if the technology existed to raise it from the seabed, the wreck is far too fragile to withstand lifting and transportation.
  • Who discovered the wreck?
    The location of the wreck was discovered by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S./ French expedition on September 1, 1985 at 1:05 a.m.