There have been many accounts created about what happened to the RMS Titanic during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City, on April 10th, 1912. Its sinking was one of the greatest tragedies of all-time, and one of the deadliest maritime disasters in modern history; it has been a sensitive subject for some years, and then it was only a matter of time before films, books, exhibits, and folk songs would make a dramatic subject out of it.
Many are no longer sure of what really happened to the Olympic-class ocean liner, the biggest afloat at its time. Was its mere size and infamous declaration as being unsinkable a direct affront to the divine? Read on to learn more about the fascinating facts and history of the infamous ship that tore the ocean for days, and our hearts forever.
The Ship Was Called ‘Titanic’ for a Reason
There’s a reason the ship was called the Titanic. Not only was it huge, but it was the biggest shipping vessel afloat at the time and, when it set sail, slowly cruising away from its berth and out to the open sea, its size became apparent in comparison to other ships at bay; dwarfing them.
Its name was derived from the Titan of Greek Mythology, a second generation of divine beings, referenced for their colossal size. The ship was 882 feet long, and it towered 175 feet in height. Its rivets on steel plates alone weighed 1,200 tons. Overall, the liner weighed 46,328 tons.