By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 10, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we remember the launch of the first and most tragic ocean voyage on an iconic ship.


The RMS Titanic began her maiden voyage to New York, leaving Southampton, England on April 10, 1912.  The five-to-seven-day journey came to an end on April 15 when the ship sank after colliding with an iceberg.

The Titanic, owned by the White Star Line, was the largest ship afloat at the time.  The ship was considered “unsinkable” because of the many safety advances incorporated in the design, although there were only enough lifeboats for just over half of the number of people she was carrying.

Approximately 2200 people were on board, and around 1500 perished in the accident.

You can visit many Titanic-related sites in Southampton, but not Dock 44 where the cruise began because the port is still a working shipyard.  There are monuments to many groups and individuals.  The SeaCity Museum has a special interactive exhibit, and you can walk a city trail past the South Western House, then a top-tier hotel where many of the passengers stayed before boarding the ship. 

England and Wales are captured on this map from 1831 by Teesdale.  Southampton is on the southern coast of England.

England & Wales -1831 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.