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RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US. See the fact file below for more information and facts about the Titanic.
- The White Star Line was the company that built the Titanic, and was owned by J.P. Morgan, an American tycoon. It cost $7.5 million to build the Titanic. It was the most luxurious ocean liner of its time. The price of a first class ticket cost each passenger $4,700 which was a HUGE amount of money for the time. It would be about $57,000 today.
- As the Titanic was leaving the port, the suction it caused actually snapped the ropes of a nearby docked ship, the S.S. New York. Tugboats had to race to the scene to prevent the New York from colliding with the Titanic. Some people felt this was a bad omen.
- There were six iceberg warnings received by Titanic on the day of the collision. They were all ignored by the wireless operator. Unfortunately, that operator was preoccupied with transmitting passenger messages. The night the collision occurred was moonless and the water was still. Both of these facts made it very difficult to see into the dark night and black ocean. The iceberg that the Titanic struck was not very big. It did not even come up as high as the bridge of the ship.
- The Titanic was traveling 22.5 knots. This was just .5 knot from her maximum speed capability. The ship was clearly traveling too fast for conditions. The collision occurred at 11:40 P.M. on Sunday, April 14, 1912.
- The captain ordered the engines reversed which sealed the Titanic’s fate. A ship as large as the Titanic turned more quickly the greater her forward motion. Had the Titanic proceeded ahead and turned, it is most likely that she would have avoided hitting the iceberg all together. The gash that the iceberg cut into the hull of the Titanic was between 220 to 245 feet long. The total length of the ship was approximately 882 feet. Recent evidence shows that an opening the size of a refrigerator is what allowed water to enter the ship. Also, the “watertight” compartments of the Titanic’s hull were not actually watertight. They were open at the tops, which made the disaster worse. The ship could have stayed afloat if only four compartments flooded, but five actually flooded.
- A total of 1,503 people died, including passengers and crew. Only 705 people survived. Only 1 child from first class died, while 49 children from steerage died. Many dogs were also aboard the Titanic. Two survived. Charles Joughin was the only person to survive the ice cold Atlantic water.
- Law required a ship the size of the Titanic to have 962 lifeboat seats. The Titanic had 1,178 seats, but 2,208 lifeboat seats were needed to get everyone off the ship. Many of the lifeboats left the ship only half full. There were 472 lifeboat seats not used. Not many people went down with the ship. Most of the people went into the Atlantic Ocean with life jackets on. However, the water temperature was only 31 degrees, so most people froze to death in the water.
- The Carpathian was the ship that responded to the Titanic’s distress call, but she was 58 miles and 4 hours away.
- Orders from the Captain were that, women and children were to board the lifeboats first. One man, Daniel Buckley, disguised himself as a woman to get aboard a lifeboat. The band played music up to the last few minutes before the ship went under. None of the band members survived.
- The Titanic lies 12,600 feet at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The two pieces of the Titanic lay 1,970 feet apart from one another on the ocean floor. The Titanic was rediscovered on July 14th, 1986, seventy-four years after it sank. Since the death of Millvina Dean, May 31, 2009, there are no longer any living survivors of the Titanic tragedy. Millvina Dean was just nine weeks old at the time of theTitanic’s sinking.
Titanic Facts and Statistics
On April 10, 1912 the R.M.S. Titanic set out from Southampton, England on her maiden voyage across the North Atlantic. The Titanic was the shining jewel of the White Star Line, and she was thought to be unsinkable.
Edward J. Smith
Captain of the Carpathia
882 Ft. 6 inches
Width at Beam
92 FT. 6 inches
Ship constructed at
Harland and Wolff Shipyard
Titanic’s Sister Ships
Olympic and Britannic
White Star Line
White Star Line owned by
Number of People On Board
Number of Lifeboats
Designed Top Speed
Top Speed Attained
22 1/2 kilometers
This bundle includes 13 ready-to-use Titanic worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about this tragic historical event, why it happened, who survived and who was finally able to find the Titanic.
Students will also learn about the bravery of the Titanic musicians, the class system on the ship and how the public responded after the Titanic sunk.
Throughout the extensive worksheet pack there are multiple lesson resources and quizzes for students to practice their knowledge which can be used within the classroom or homeschooling environment.
Included Titanic worksheets:
The Titanic Sinks
Students will explore what happened and answer important questions like why the Titanic sank, what made the disaster worse and why everyone didn’t get rescued.
Using the included fact file and statistics, students will fill in a series of questions about the Titanic to test their knowledge and understanding.
The Musicians of the Titanic
In this activity, students must learn about the bravery of the musicians onboard the Titanic, write an inscription and draw a picture to commemorate their bravery.
Another Titanic quiz in the form of a crossword which students will complete using the knowledge gained from previous activities and quizzes.
The Unsinkable Ship
This writing prompt asks the question “Why do you think people believed the Titanic was unsinkable?” and asks students whether a tragedy like the Titanic could happen today.
Class on the Titanic
Using the included fact file, students will complete a writing activity where they explain what life might have been like for the two classes onboard the Titanic.
Response to the Sinking
Using a famous cartoon published after the sinking of the Titanic, students will research and write about who it depicts and what the cartoon meant.
Survivors of the Titanic
This writing prompt explores how the survivor’s experience might have affected the rest of their lives and how it might affect the student if they had lived through it.
The Search for the Titanic
Learn about the search for the Titanic, including several failed attempts by completing this fill in the blank quiz using your research and understanding.
Titanic Acrostic Poem
Students will write a poem about the Titanic based on each letter in its name. For example, “T is for tragedy on the seas”.
After completing these worksheets students will be able to:
- Have a clear understanding about what happened to the Titanic, and why it sunk
- Complete a number of quiz and fill in the blank activities to test their knowledge of the Titanic
- Explain why the musicians on board the ship were so brave as it went down into the sea
- Write about why people thought it was unsinkable and if something like this could still happen today
- Talk about the differences between the class systems onboard the ship and why it was that way
- Explain the meaning of a famous cartoon about the Titanic
- Imagine what life must have been like for the survivors of such a tragedy
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum. If you need Titanic worksheets for your classroom, you can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.