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THE UK SECTION: THE TITANIC DISASTER

Although the newly built Titanic was considered to be unsinkable, it went under on its maiden voyage when it hit an iceberg off Newfoundland.













The ice didn't tear up the ship's hull, but the pressure of the ice caused the welded steel plates to buckle thus allowing water to pour into the ship's compartments. Out of 2200 passengers and crew 1523 people lost their lives.

















The ship was built in Belfast, at the Hartland ans Wolff shipyards. Its fateful voyage began at the Southampton docks. Its last port of call, however, was Queenstown near Cork, Ireland, before it set out into the Atlantic Ocean. Just after midnight of April 15, 1912, it hit an iceberg and two hours later disappeared from the water's surface.

Photos from The Times' Souvenir Issue


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