On This Day in History: Exploring the Titanic

On April 15, 1912 the British luxury liner RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. About 1500 lives were lost in this terrible tragedy that captivated the world in its aftermath. In 1985, the Titanic was discovered "lying upright in two pieces on the ocean floor at a depth of about 4,000 m (about 13,000 feet)." (Britannica). A 1993 expedition enabled salvagers to recover several hundred artifacts from the rusting wreck.

The library has many books and movies that explore, through fiction and non-fiction, the Titanic's voyage and demise. A keyword search in the catalog reveals selections for all age groups. A new book, Titanic's Last Secrets: The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, is on order and looks promising. 

There are plenty of Web sites that explore the Titanic through text, sound, and images. Here are a few notable ones:

BBC Archive: Survivors of the Titanic
Survivors of the sinking share their recollections about the ill-fated voyage.

PBS: Lost Liners
Explores five famous lost lines in maritime history.

Encyclopedia Titanica
Exhaustive store of information here, including a database of passengers, a crew list, timeline, and more.