Today is the 110th anniversary of the RMS Titanic’s fateful crash into an iceberg in the North Atlantic, sinking the ship in less than 3 hours.
Most people think that everyone died, but about 1/3 of the people aboard survived. The Titanic was equipped to carry 64 lifeboats, but only 20 were on board. Also, the lifeboats were not filled to capacity. For example, the first lifeboat could hold 65 bodies, but only 28 people got on board.
The oldest survivor of the Titanic died in May of 2009; Milvina Dean was only 9 weeks old at the time of the voyage.
The wreck of the ship now lies 12,600 feet below the sea. It split into 2 pieces when the bow of the ship crashed into the seabed. Approximately 6000 artifacts have been salvaged from the wreck, which now is an UNESCO underwater cultural heritage site.
The Titanic was on its maiden voyage having departed from Southampton, England four days before the accident. Here is a map of the planned destination, New York. The map is from 1867, issued by Mitchell.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
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