There are few events in human history which hold as much enduring fascination as the sinking of the RMS Titanic. It was one of the greatest maritime disasters in human history and a stark reminder in an age of innovation that man did not hold absolute dominion over the seas. Built to be the last word in luxury and rival the Cunard Line, which, at the time, dominated the bustling Atlantic trade, the reportedly “unsinkable” Titanic was the grandest and largest ocean liner of her day.
While Cunard’s vessels were faster, Titanic was designed to appeal to the crème de la crème of society, and immigrants hoping to make a better life in America. Titanic’s third class accommodation was so good that it was described as being the equivalent to that of second class on other liners.
When the Titanic sank beneath the murky cold, waters of the North Atlantic on the early hours of April 15, 1912, it was lost to the world until the then 73-year-old wreck was discovered on September 1, 1985. Since then, its legend has only grown, no doubt helped by the 1997 blockbuster Titanic, and there has been much debate over how its grave should be treated.