The most technologically advanced ship of its time, the RMS Titanic was described to be ‘practically unsinkable by ‘The Shipbuilder Magazine’ in 1911. At 882.9 feet long, the Titanic was not only the largest ship of the early 20th century, but also the largest moving object built by man before 1912.
With a double-bottom hull and a system of 16 water-tight compartments supporting the ship, even if four compartments were compromised, the Titanic was also purported to be the safest ship ever built. It took two years to build and 10 months to decorate, but on April 14, 1912, only two hours and 40 minutes for the 46,328-ton, 2,440-passenger ship to sink two-and-a-half miles below the Atlantic Ocean.
‘There was no moon, and I have never seen the stars shine brighter; they appeared to stand out of the sky, sparkling like diamonds.