“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.” —Psalm 107:23-26
The Sinking of the RMS Titanic, April 15, 1912
he story is a familiar one to Americans. The mighty White Star Line of the United Kingdom built the fastest passenger ship afloat — RMS Titanic. On her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, it struck an iceberg in the middle of the night due to several factors. It quickly took on water and in less than two and a half hours, it sank into the North Atlantic, killing more than fifteen hundred passengers. The sinking shocked the world, and the interest it generated has not abated. The wreck was located in 1985, 12,500 feet below the ocean surface, suddenly regenerating world-wide interest in the event. Perhaps no such tragedy in history has been more minutely analyzed by professional and amateur historians.
The RMS Titanic struck an iceberg at 11:40pm on April 14, 1912 and sank a few hours later in the early morning hours of April 15. It now lies on the floor of the North Atlantic, some 12,500 feet below the ocean’s surface.