How Did the 'Unsinkable' Titanic End Up at the Bottom of the Ocean? | National Geographic

it took three years to build in less

than three hours to sink the most iconic

shipwreck in history the Titanic held as

the most beautiful and luxurious boat of

her time the Titanic set sail once and

for all

from Southampton England to New York

City on April 10th 1912

she weighed a record-breaking 46,000

tons and was built by some 15,000 people

ironically the ship boasted many of the

best safety features of its day a

prestigious journal the shipbuilder

magazine called the Titanic practically

unsinkable the popular opinion quickly

grew that the Titanic was indestructible

an ominous consequence of this

overconfidence during its voyage there

were no passenger safety drills to give

instructions on where to go or which

lifeboats aboard in case of emergency

but there weren't enough lifeboats to

begin with only 20 available which was

enough to carry about half of the total

passengers and crew Bruce Ismay the

owner thought having 64 lifeboats enough

for everyone on board would make the

ship look too cluttered

this emphasis on elegance didn't stop

with Titanic's outward appearance inside

when top-notch luxuries the grand

staircase running the height of six days

a heated swimming pool a

state-of-the-art gym for restaurants and

two barber shops so how much did the

Titanic cost about seven point five

million dollars at the time or over four

hundred million dollars today now over a

hundred years later the Titanic has been

hidden in darkness lying over 12,000

feet deep in the Atlantic Ocean so how

exactly did she sing we do know that on

April 14 1912 the boat entered a region

of icebergs six warning messages were

sent to Captain Edward John Smith he

adjusted Titanic's course southward but

didn't slow down by the time lookouts

spotted an iceberg it was too late

the official 1912 accident report

suggests that the iceberg tore a

gigantic 300-foot gash on the ship's

starboard side

ripping over 1/3 of her entire hole but

eyewitnesses say it took over two hours

to sink which confuses experts who

believed a hole that size would have

caused the Titanic to sink much faster

investigations confirm that the iceberg

created smaller punctures below the

waterline and not a large gash which

were enough to trigger the tragedy in

1985 using state-of-the-art sonar

National Geographic Explorer Robert

Ballard in French oceanographer Jean

Louie misho found the infamous shipwreck

about 400 miles southeast of

Newfoundland extensive surveys have

located artifacts that reveal the human

side of the tragedy a notebook was found

780 feet from the stern it belonged to a

17-year old passenger

pencil writing that's still legible with

new technology we can see and study the

Titanic like never before which is good

because our fascination in this tragedy

has not relaxed a bit perhaps it's the

iconic tale of the Titanic that's truly