Remembering the Titanic
One of the Greatest Maritime Tragedies in History
On April 10, 1912, the R.M.S. Titanic left its port in Southampton, England, and began the transatlantic journey to New York City in the United States. Considered unsinkable, Titanic served as a luxury ocean liner for over 2,000 passengers and crew. On April 15, Titanic sank in just over two and a half hours after colliding with an iceberg.
More than one hundred years later, National Geographic Education marks the anniversary of one of the greatest maritime tragedies in history. From Titanic’s construction in Belfast, Ireland, to its discovery under icy waters by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard and oceanographer Jean-Louis Michel in 1985, the Titanic has long captivated the public mind. Use this collection of multimedia education resources to contextualize the anniversary for your students.
National Geographic Museum
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Spark student interest in the story of the Titanic with these videos
Heroes of the Titanic
Every one of the Titanic's engineers stayed at their post trying to save lives as the ship went down.
Undercover History: Titanic
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard tells the real story behind his 1985 co-discovery of the Titanic.
Save the Titanic
The National Geographic Channel commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with “Save the Titanic with Bob Ballard."
The Ship that Belfast Built
Unna, from the Belfast Titanic Society, shares the untold story behind the building of the Titanic.
Robert Ballard: Titanic
Robert Ballard discusses the current condition of Titanic and his hopes and plans for preserving this piece of history.
National Geographic Explorer
Learn more about one of the people National Geographic funds to explore the world
Ocean Explorer Robert Ballard
Dr. Robert Ballard is an ocean explorer who has discovered shipwrecks (including the R.M.S. Titanic!) as well as the weird world of hydrothermal vents.
Games and Interactives
Engage students with these games and interactives on the Titanic
The Crash Scene
Explore sonar imagery of the wreck site, and zoom in on individual pieces of the ship.
Building Titanic: An Interactive Timeline
Witness the Titanic come to life in the shipyards of Belfast with this interactive timeline.
Explore the geography of the story of the Titanic with these maps
Chart the Titanic's story on this large-scale map that you can download, print, and assemble.
Use these articles to learn more about the great unsinkable ship
Sinking of the Titanic
Use these maps, illustrations, and downloadable poster to learn why the Titanic sank and the conditions of the water where it sank.
The R.M.S. Titanic
The R.M.S. Titanic: One of History's Greatest Nautical Tragedies.
The "Unsinkable Molly Brown" itemizes what, exactly, went down with the ship.
Icebergs are large chunks of ice that break off from glaciers
An ice sheet is a type of glacier that covers a very large area
The Arctic is the northernmost region of the Earth
All About the Ocean
The ocean covers 70 percent of the Earth's surface.
Bathymetry is the measurement of the depth of water in oceans, rivers, or lakes. Bathymetric maps look a lot like topographic maps, which use lines to show the shape and elevation of land features.
Icebergs in the North Atlantic Ocean
Icebergs regularly break off from glaciers in the Arctic and make their way south to the North Atlantic Ocean, where they can come into contact with ships. The number of icebergs found in the North Atlantic Ocean changes from year to year.
Ocean Exploration Timeline
Learn how the story of the Titanic relates to important events in underwater exploration history.
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National Geographic Magazine
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