Titanic Facts for Kids
- Name: RMS Titanic
- Location: 41°43’32″N 49°56’49″W (underwater wreck site)
- Built: Between 1909 and 1912
- Operator: White Star Line
- Madien Voyage: April 10th, 1912
- Sunk: April 15th, 1912
- Significance: A famous ocean liner that sunk in the Atlanic
27 Titanic Facts for Kids
- The RMS Titanic was a British passenger ship built in the early 20th century.
- The Titanic is famous due to a tragic event and is considered one of the worst modern maritime disasters.
- The Titanic was built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Europe.
- The Titanic was laid down on Wednesday, March 31st, 1909.
- The Titanic was launched on Wednesday, May 31st, 1911.
- Construction of the Titanic was completed on Tuesday, April 2nd, 1912.
- It cost over $113 million USD (2016) to build the Titanic.
- The Titanic had a registered tonnage of 46,328 and displaced 52,310 tons.
- The Titanic had a length of 882.9 feet and a height of 175 feet.
- The Titanic could carry a total of 3,327 people, 2,435 passengers and 892 crewmembers.
- At the time, the Titanic was the largest ship afloat and many considered it unsinkable.
- The maiden voyage of the Titanic started on Wednesday, April 10th, 1912.
- On Sunday, April 14th, 1912 the Titanic struck an iceberg on its starboard side at 11:40 PM ship time.
- The Titanic did not survive the iceberg strike and sunk to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.
- The Titanic sunk on Monday, April 15th, 1912, just 2 hours and 40 minutes after it struck the iceberg.
- The Titanic had 3,339 passengers and crew aboard when it struck the iceberg.
- Out of the 3,339 passengers, only 710 people survived the sinking of the Titanic.
- Out of the 3,339 passengers, 75% of the women, 50% of the children and 20% of the men survived.
- A lack of lifeboats is why over 1,500 people died when the Titanic sunk.
- Those who couldn’t get in a lifeboat were either trapped on the ship and drowned or froze to death in the water. At the time of the accident the water was estimated to have a temperature of 28 °F.
- The captain of the RMS Titanic was British naval officer Edward Smith. Smith died during the sinking of the Titanic; he’s believed to have followed the maritime tradition of the captain goes down with the ship. This tradition means the capital tries to save everyone on the ship or dies trying.,
- The sinking of the Titanic resulted in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) maritime treaty. The SOLAS treaty ensures minimum safety standards to prevent another tragic maritime disaster like the RMS Titanic. One of those standards are enough lifeboats for every person onboard.
- In 1985, the wreckage site of the RMS Titanic was discovered by a Franco-American expedition and the United States Military.
- The Titanic rests at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean at 12,415 feet (2,069 fathoms).
- The GPS coordinates of the Titanic wreck site are 41°43’32″N 49°56’49″W.
- In 1997, the American epic romance and disaster film Titanic, directed by James Cameron was released. The movie Titanic grossed over $2.195 billion and is one of the highest-grossing films of all time
- In 2009, Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the RMS Titanic maritime disaster, passed away at the age of 97.
Pictures of the Titanic
A picture of the Titanic being built in dry dock.
A picture of the Titanic being built on the water.
A picture of a lifeboat on the side of the Titanic.
A picture of a lifeboat full of survivors from the Titanic.
A picture of a memorial stone in memory of those lost.
A picture of a stamp commemorating the RMS Titanic.
Find More Facts About the Titanic
- Little Known Titanic Facts – Learn about little known facts about the Titanic on the Insider website.
- The Sinking of RMS Titanic – Read about the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic on the Historic UK website.
- Titanic – Wikipedia – Explore the Wikipedia website to learn more about the Titanic and its tragic end.
- Titanic – Britannica – Discover the Titanic on the Britannica website.