The sinking of the Titanic is one of the most well-known tragedies in history. A luxurious ship, deemed practically unsinkable, met its untimely demise on April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg. Despite boasting some of the best safety features of the time, the Titanic lacked enough lifeboats to save all of its passengers and crew. The overconfidence in the ship’s indestructibility led to a lack of safety drills and emergency protocols, resulting in the loss of over 1,500 lives.
The Titanic’s wreckage remained hidden in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean for over 70 years until the Explorer Robert Ballard and French oceanographer Jean-Louie Misho discovered it in 1985. Through their extensive surveys, artifacts have been located, providing insight into the human side of the tragedy. Even with new technology, the fascination with the Titanic’s story has not faded, reminding us of the fragility of even the grandest and most celebrated of achievements.
Top image: Sinking of the Titanic. Source: Sunshower Shots / Adobe Stock.