100 Years of the Titanic

By Kat Hannaford on at

100 years ago, the RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean. It was a modern day Tower of Babel—an ill-fated engineering and technological marvel of colossal proportions.

A century on, our fascination with the Titanic's maiden voyage hasn't faded at all. We've gathered up some of the best pieces of the Titanic's legend, past and present, and collected them for you here.

Happy anniversary, old girl.

 


 

Why the Titanic Sank

Obviously we know the iceberg was the cause, but what exactly did the iceberg damage that caused the ship to snap in half and fall to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean? Turns out, where the ship was hit proved just as important as the fact that it suffered a blow at all. More »

 


 

The Titanic's First Explorer

After sinking, the RMS Titanic lay undisturbed beneath 12,000 feet of freezing North Atlantic water for years, but in 1985 its watery tomb was finally breached by another marquee vessel-the crown prince of HOVs. More »

 


 

These Imbeciles Thought the Titanic Disaster Was Just a Movie

Titanic. Once the largest ship ever built, it sunk after colliding with an iceberg, spiraling down into the Atlantic and killing around 1500 people on April 15, 1912. More »

 


 

10 Ways the Titanic Influenced the World Around Us

The earth has swung round the sun 100 times since the Titanic became a deep sea graveyard, but it continues to influence the world in ways you’d never expect. Here are ten examples of how the world has since changed, for better and worse. More »

 


 

Titanic 3D: Spectacular Visuals, But Also Spectacular Arse-Ache

It’s an epic film, laden with eleven Oscars and one of the biggest box-office returns in history. It also has a running time of biblical proportions, and many backsides were irretrievably numbed by the experience. But do you really need to see Titanic in glorious, stereoscopic 3D? Director James Cameron thinks you do. More »

 


 

Smoking, Drinking, Gambling, and Long Repetitive Walks: Killing Time on an Old-Time Ocean Liner

There wasn't exactly high-speed Internet and streaming video aboard luxury ocean liners like the Titanic, yet these ships were stocked with amenities to keep passengers occupied during transatlantic voyages that typically lasted about 5-9 days. More »

 


 

The 13 Deadliest Shipwrecks Ever

We are right up on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the most famous shipwreck in the history of Hollywood. But few realise that the Titanic wasn’t the worst shipwreck in history—only the highest grossing. To commemorate the occasion, here are the 13 deadliest known shipwrecks of all time. More »

 


 

Building Titanic: Learn How the (Not) Unsinkable Ship Was Born, With This Free iPad App

Jack and Rose aren’t the only ones taking a ride on the Titanic again. National Geographic has hopped aboard the unsinkable ship with the release of its iPad app, Building Titanic. More »