Titanic Museum - Story of the 'Pride of Belfast'
Titanic left Belfast on the 2nd April 1912 at 8pm and sailed to Southampton where it loaded its cargo and boarded its crew and passengers. After briefly stopping at Cherbourg in France and Queenstown (Cobh) in Ireland to collect mail and embark/disembark passengers, Titanic left the port of Cobh on the 11th April sailing for New York. Unfortunately the 'Pride of Belfast' and 'The Unsinkable Ship' never reached its destination. It hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on the 14th April 1912 and sank with the loss of 1517 lives. The History of the Titanic and its unique story has been the subject of many documentaries, movies and films and the sinking of this amazing vessel is something that most people are aware of. The wreck of the Titanic was finally discovered in 1985, its final resting place over two and a half miles down in the Atlantic Ocean.
Titanic Museum - Survivors
After hitting an iceberg it took the Titanic less than three hours to sink, it split into two as it sank and many survivors jumped into the water as the boat went down. Unfortunately, due to the icy cold water many survivors of the sinking perished despite wearing life jackets. The survivors who were lucky enough to be rescued from lifeboats were picked up by the Cunard ship, Carpathia. The Carpathia rescued 713 survivors in total and brought them to New York, arriving on the 18th April where the full tragedy was revealed to the world.