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The Titanic disaster

Please note that the first floor gallery 'Titanic, Lusitania and the forgotten Empress' is closed from 22 October 2014. The Titanic objects from this gallery will go back on display in the Titanic exhibition on the second floor from 15 November 2014.

ship model detail showing name 'Titanic Liverpool'

The sinking of the 'unsinkable ship'

Titanic, then the largest ship in the world, left Southampton for New York on Wednesday 10 April 1912. On board were 922 passengers, later rising to 1316 after calls at Cherbourg and Queenstown. With her crew of 892 she carried 2,208 people in all. Although she was little more than half full, her 20 lifeboats could only carry about half of the people on board.

At 11.40pm on the night of Sunday 14 April she struck an iceberg to the south-east of Newfoundland, which fatally damaged the hull. The ship sank two hours and forty minutes later with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

Futher information

Follow the links on the right to find out more about some of the collection highlights.

The Maritime Archives and Library|also hold a lot of relevant material about the Titanic, including the only surviving first class ticket. You can read more online, with information sheet number 41: RMS Titanic|.

The book Titanic and Liverpool is available to buy from the online shop|.

Museum events

There are regular free events, talks and roleplayer performances about the Titanic. Further details and upcoming dates are in our Titanic events programme|.