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Titanic facts & the people who were there
Over 100 years have passed since the shocking — and entirely avoidable — Titanic tragedy, and many of us remain fascinated with the many details and stories leading up to the events beginning just before midnight on April 14, 1912.
Here we’ve assembled some essential Titanic facts and stats about the ship, as well as those who traveled on her doomed maiden voyage.
Scroll on to see our large (and growing!) collection of articles and interviews from the moment the news broke — and beyond.
Before her maiden -- and final -- voyage, there was a lot of hype about the Titanic's unprecedented size, safety and lush accommodations. Here, we have some photos and diagrams that detail her special features as a luxury liner.
See what it looked like inside the Titanic – the interiors of fancy lounges, dining rooms, first-class cabins and other luxurious delights – before the ship sunk to the ocean floor on her maiden voyage in 1912.
Here are some front pages of newspapers around the country, showing very first breaking Titanic news on the night she sank. There was very little information available at the time, and some news reports were, sadly (but unsurprisingly), riddled with errors.
The last faint hopes lingered in the hearts of many that more than the 868 survivors of the wreck of the Titanic carried by the Carpathia had been saved by some of the other vessels that hastened to answer the great White Star liner’s call of distress...
The Titanic was one of the most luxurious, well-appointed cruise liners ever, with seemingly no expense spared… except when it came to passenger safety in the event of an emergency. Artists had a lot to say about the lack of sufficient lifeboats and White Star Line's culpability.
Two surviving members of Titanic’s crew place blame for tragedy on White Star Line officials and officers of the boat, claiming that they had ignored warnings of the iceberg sighting
The perils of underwater ice
How did the great "unsinkable" Titanic sink so quickly? Contemporary mariner experts offered their speculations about the weather conditions (or lack thereof) that might have played a role in the disaster.
Below are several chapters from a book that was issued the same year as the Titanic disaster, and was called simply Titanic. While many aspects of the story as published were based on interviews and official reports, the author, Filson Young, filled in any gaps in the narrative as best he could, with a blend of conjecture and creativity.
These graphic accounts of the terrible scenes aboard the Titanic after it struck the iceberg and of the hardships endured by the survivors before they were rescued are related by men who reached port on the rescue ship, Carpathia.
Charlotte Collyer lived through the tragic disaster the world remembers more than 100 years later. Here, read about what happened in this dramatic and compelling first-person account from a Titanic survivor.
In 1912, people offered a generous and spontaneous outpouring of aid and encouragement to Mrs Collyer and her daughter, who were saved from the Titanic. Unfortunately, however, not all survivor stories have happy endings.
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Note: ClickAmericana.com features authentic historical information, and is not intended to represent current best practices on any topic, particularly with regard to health and safety. Material on this site is provided for education, criticism, commentary, cultural reporting, entertainment, historical reference, and news reporting/analysis. Now that you know, have fun looking around!