One hundred years ago today the RMS Titanic sunk to the bottom of the ocean in one of the worst maritime disasters in history. She was on her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York, NY, USA. Fifteen hundred lives were lost that fateful night. It was said that Titanic which was the grandest ocean liner of its day was “unsinkable”. Over 700 survivors would be taken from the lifeboats by the RMS Carpathia a few hours later.
Important changes came about from this disaster such as 24 hour radio/telegraph operators, more lifeboats and ice patrols to check for icebergs.
Popular culture has extended the life and legacy of this story. Titanic has been regaled in film, art, exhibits, memorials and song. It is hard to believe its been 100 years but its important to remember the people who perished and the lives that changed because of this tragedy.
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