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Saturday, April 14, 2012

100th Anniversary of White Star Line's Titanic Disaster

Today marks the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic striking an iceberg.

The sinking of the RMS Titanic occurred on the night of April 14/15 1912 in the north Atlantic at coordinates 41°43'57"N, 49°56'49"W.

Only four days into her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City, The Titanic was the largest passenger liner in service at the time. Measuring 46,328 tons, 882.5 feet long and 92 feet wide.

Titanic had 2,223 people on board when she struck an iceberg at 23:40 (ship's time) on Sunday 14 April 1912. She sank two hours and forty minutes later at 02:20 AM (5:20 AM GMT) on Monday April 15th, causing the deaths of 1,514 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

The sinking of the Titanic fostered a number of maritime reforms and regulations which included having enough lifeboats and life vests for all passengers and new wireless operator rules providing 7 X 24 coverage.

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