Today there are still a large number of mysteries around some events that occurred during the course of history. Despite the fact that many experts study these events in detail and for long periods of time to try to understand them and be able to explain them to the rest of the population, some data may escape and we cannot receive all the information about them, which generates more curiosity and interest.
A clear example of this type of historical event is the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912. Its route and the process that caused this tragedy are still being studied and analyzed by a large number of experts, since Although it was always indicated that the collision with the iceberg caused the sinking, it is likely that other factors that have been discovered in recent years can better explain the fact that such a ship sank so quickly. Do you know where and how it happened? If you want to find out, here we will tell you where the Titanic sank.
The Titanic routes
In order to understand how and where this fateful event occurred, it is essential to know the route that the Titanic had programmed and how far it went, in addition to its characteristics.
The construction and commissioning of this ship was quite an event at the beginning of the 20th century. The Titanic was advertised to be practically indestructible, because of the way it was built and the materials used for it. The White Star Line shipping company was its owner and was part of the Olympic fleet.
It was, without any doubt, a great advance for the time and logically a large number of people, including families and very wealthy people, wanted to be part of this milestone in history and be part of the passengers on the first voyage of this ship. It should be noted that the Titanic not only stood out for its size and materials, but also for the great luxuries that it housed inside. Since it would receive rich and famous people, services such as swimming pool, sauna, gym and restaurants with the best foods of the time were incorporated, all decorated in a very luxurious way. For example, the first-class cabins were decorated based on the Palace of Versailles.
The Titanic began its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912, and did so in Southampton, England. Before embarking on its route across the Atlantic Ocean to its final destination, New York, the ship made a stop in two cities in Europe: Cherbourg in France and Queenstown in Ireland. After both stops, the number of people inside the Titanic, adding both passengers and crew, was almost 2,230.
The sinking of the Titanic
After those two stops in Europe, the Titanic set sail for New York across the Atlantic Ocean. Four days had passed when the ship’s crew began to receive messages from other ships warning of the presence of icebergs in the North Atlantic area.
Despite these warnings, at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, and some 600 kilometers off the coast of Newfoundland, the Titanic struck an iceberg. It was night and the visibility was not good (some experts even say that mirages occurred due to the differences in temperature between the Atlantic water currents) and when the iceberg was sighted, it was impossible to carry out the necessary maneuvers to avoid it.
Although the crash was strong and deep, the passengers did not feel it. That is why they had to be notified twenty minutes after it occurred by the crew. At 00:05 hours on April 15, 1912, lifeboats began to deploy on the deck of the Titanic in order to save as many people as possible.
The rescue of the Titanic
The Titanic met all the security measures required by law, but being considered an indestructible ship, only the minimally required lifeboats were included, that is, twenty. Its capacity only ensured the salvation of half of the passengers. Therefore, it was requested that the first to fill them were women, children and the elderly. Those who were unable to get into the boats were given life jackets, but due to the cold North Atlantic temperatures, they were unable to survive.
Ultimately, only 704 people were saved from the Titanic. They were picked up by the ship Carpathia, which was coming from New York and diverted to rescue them. Meanwhile, in less than three hours, the Titanic was sinking in the Atlantic Ocean.
A large number of experts have pointed out over the years that it is very possible that both the state of the hull rivets, of poor quality in some of their areas, and the possibility of a fire in the area of the boilers before leaving from England to weaken that part of the hull, helped the sinking to be so fast and there was no time to rescue all the people who were traveling on the Titanic.