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Sinking of the Titanic
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 15 of April, repeating indefinitely
When she set sail from Southampton on the 10th of April 1912, the Titanic was billed as “The Queen of the Ocean” and the “World’s largest liner”. She was a luxurious vessel, fitted out with the most advanced technology of the time.
The ship was expected to reach New York a week later, but she never reached her destination, sinking 400 miles off the coast of Canada on the 15th of April.
How did the ship, which many believed to be unsinkable, come to such a tragic end?
This Horrible Histories video explains why the crew were unprepared for the accident.
Teaching Ideas and Resources
- Our Titanic Pack has a great quiz for reviewing knowledge, and plenty of other resources about the disaster.
- Investigate floating and sinking, by making boats from different materials and testing them.
- Write a letter from the point of view of someone boarding the ship at Southampton. How might they be feeling as they board this unsinkable ship?
- Make a comparison of the facilities available to first, second and third-class passengers. This BBC Bitesize page is full of useful information.