The sinking of the Titanic has inspired numerous films and documentaries in the years since the tragedy – and the site of the wreck has even become a tourist attraction.
In June 2023, it was reported that rescue crews were frantically searching the Atlantic after one of the submarines used by tourists to view the wreckage of the ship went missing.
Where was the Titanic built?
The wreck of the Titanic, the subject of the 1998 film starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, lies 12,400 feet below sea level in the North Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
However, the ship was built at a shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and work on the ship began in 1909.
The Titanic was one of three ships built by Harland & Wolff and White Star Line at Thompson Dock – which is still open to visitors today.
Designed by architect Alexander Carlisle, the Titanic was, at the time of its construction, the largest passenger liner the world had ever seen.
How long did it take to build the Titanic?
The Titanic took nearly three years to build and cost around £1.5 million.
That amount equates to around £170 million today.
Over 14,000 men were employed at the height of construction, and the ship’s framework was fully completed in just over a year.
Regarded as “virtually unsinkable,” the Titanic was released from dry dock in 1911.
At that time, work on the interior design began.
Titanic was declared seaworthy just eight days before her maiden voyage.
Where did the Titanic set sail from?
The Titanic set sail on April 10, 1912 from Southampton, England.
The doomed ship was supposed to arrive in New York City, USA on April 17, but of course it never made it.
The ship collided with an iceberg just five days after the start of its maiden voyage.
A short time later, the Titanic sank, killing more than 1,500 of the 2,224 people on board.
In June 2023, it was reported that a submarine used to tour the wreckage of the Titanic had gone missing.
The BBC reported at the time that it was unclear how many people, if any, were on board.