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Remembering the Titanic

One of the Greatest Maritime Tragedies in History

Photo: Black and white image of the Titanic ship.

The R.M.S. Titanic departed from Southampton, England, for the first and only time on April 10th, 1912. The Titanic had nine decks with separate areas for first-class, second-class, and third-class passengers. There were close to 2,200 people aboard for the ship's maiden voyage.

Photograph by F. G. O. Stuart

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.

Titanic Resources

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.

10 Cool Things About Titanic

Read 10 cool, fun facts about Titanic! Download and print the PDF and increase your Titanic knowledge.

Ocean Exploration Timeline

Learn how the story of the Titanic relates to important events in underwater exploration history.

Titanic Galleries

Photo Gallery

Experience the story of the Titanic through photos.

Document Gallery

Learn about famed Titanic passenger, the "Unsinkable Molly Brown."


Interactive Map

Investigate the ocean conditions in the area where the Titanic sank.

MapMaker Kit

Chart the Titanic's story on this large-scale map that you can download, print, and assemble.

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Icebergs in the North Atlantic Ocean

Learn about icebergs and what officers on the Titanic knew about them.

Grades K-12

Bring engaging and important ocean learning to your classroom.

Robert Ballard


Learn more about Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard, leader of the expedition that discovered the R.M.S. Titanic.

Video Gallery

Robert Ballard: Titanic

Robert Ballard discusses the current condition of Titanic and his hopes and plans for preserving this piece of history.

Games and Interactives

Building Titanic: An Interactive Timeline

Witness the Titanic come to life in the shipyards of Belfast with this interactive timeline.

Adventure on the Titanic

Travel aboard the Titanic as a 1st class passenger!

The Crash Scene

Explore sonar imagery of the wreck site, and zoom in on individual pieces of the ship.



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