Unsinkable History: The Titanic Disaster

Illustration of the sinking of theTitanic and survivors in lifeboats.
“Titanic, sinking” illustration; Universal History Archive, Encyclop√¶dia Britannica ImageQuest; https://quest.eb.com/search/300_351601/. Cropped and resized from original.

The RMS Titanic began its inaugural voyage on April 10, 1912. This was to be its first, last, and only trip. On April 14 the Titanic hit an iceberg and began taking on water, and several hours later in the early morning of April 15 the “unsinkable” ship finally finished sinking. Over 1,500 of the 2,208 passengers and crew died in the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Only 705 people were rescued by the Carpathia responding to distress calls.

History is as full of tragedies as triumphs. The Titanic disaster is one of those tragedies that lives on in memory and memorial, through first-hand accounts, biographies, documentaries, and undersea archaeological expeditions. Though this disaster took place just over a century ago, reading first-hand accounts from survivors, rescuers, and others dealing with the immediate aftermath still bring a close and personal perspective to that tragic night.

History and biography online services from the library offer many articles and stories about the Titanic. Jump into U.S. History (Gale in Context) and search “Titanic” to explore the articles and learn more details. Browse the “Social Studies and History” category on the Elementary School or the Middle & High School pages to discover more online history resources. Sign in with your Student eAccount and PIN to start your voyage of educational discovery!

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Titanic Disaster.” Gale U.S. History Online Collection, Gale, 2021. Gale In Context: U.S. History, link.gale.com/apps/doc/CAWSSU305903234/UHIC?u=santacc_main&sid=bookmark-UHIC&xid=ac5207c6. Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Muldowny, John. “Titanic, Sinking of the.” Dictionary of American History, edited by Stanley I. Kutler, 3rd ed., vol. 8, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003, pp. 131-132. Gale In Context: U.S. History, link.gale.com/apps/doc/CX3401804211/UHIC?u=santacc_main&sid=bookmark-UHIC&xid=5af1eab3. Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.