Would YOU have Survived the Titanic?

When the Titanic first sank, more than two thirds of its passengers met a watery end. Would you have been one of the lucky survivors...?


Titanic

When the Titanic was launched, she was the biggest ship in the world. A vast ocean liner, she was built to carry passengers and cargo to and fro across the Atlantic. Other ships may have been faster, but the Titanic's owners, White Star, claimed she was the biggest, the best, the most luxurious – and the safest ship of all time…


The ship of dreams



To make sure the Titanic didn't sink, her hull was made up of 16 separate sections. If two, or even three, sections got holes, the ship would still have time to sail to safety. White Star were so sure the Titanic was unsinkable, they didn’t put enough lifeboats on board. This would prove to be a BIG mistake…



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All aboard!


On 10 April, 1912, the Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage, from Southampton, UK, to New York, USA. At first, she made good progress, but just before midnight of day five, in the freezing-cold North Atlantic Ocean, an iceberg loomed out of the darkness. The Titanic was so big, she couldn’t change direction quickly enough. She scraped along the iceberg's side, tearing holes in at least four sections of the hull!


The captain's call!


To the boats!


Captain Edward John Smith and his crew knew that the Titanic would sink in just a few hours, and so they quickly tried to make ready the few lifeboats they had. However, many of the passengers were asleep, and most didn’t believe that anything bad was happening. The ship was still afloat, and not tilting. And, after all, the Titanic was unsinkable – wasn’t it?


Into the icy ocean


The first lifeboats were launched half-empty, wasting precious spaces. When the ship did start to go down, everyone rushed for the last lifeboats. But it’s thought that only about 705 of the 2,200-plus people on board made it to safety. Many jumped into the ocean to try to escape. But the water was a body-numbing 2°C, so most of those who went into the sea died from the cold, not from drowning!


People on lifeboat as Titanic sinks

Last survivor


The longest living survivor from the Titanic was Millvina Dean, who lived to be 97 years old. She was just a baby when she, her mother and brother made it into one of the lifeboats. Millvina lived to tell the tragic tale until 2009, when she passed away.


Finding the wreck



In 1985, oceanographer (a sea scientist) Dr Robert Ballard (right) used the Argo, a robot submarine, to find the wreck of the Titanic lying on the seabed. Since then, lots of interesting items have been salvaged from the sunken ship, such as tickets, letters and priceless jewellery.


Dr Robert Ballard with the wreck of Titanic


What were YOUR chances?


So, if you had been on board would you have survived? It all depends on who you were...


- YOU were a woman or child: Women and children were allowed to board the lifeboats first. However, some men did get a place when the first few lifeboats didn't fill up.

- YOU were rich: 
First-class passengers were lucky – they had cabins on the upper decks, closest to the lifeboats. Many poorer passengers, in ‘steerage’ class on the lower decks, didn’t reach the lifeboat deck in time.

- YOU obeyed orders: 
If you had got into a lifeboat as soon as the crew told you to, you would probably have survived. Remember that, next time you're on a ship!



Passengers head to lifeboats as Titanic sinks

- YOU were brave: 
Many people were too scared to leave the big ship for the tiny lifeboats. Others stayed on board because they didn’t want to lose sight of their friends or family. To survive, you needed the courage to go for it.

- YOU were willing to push: 
In the final struggle for lifeboat places, those who pushed, won!

- YOU had stamina: 
Some survivors were plucked from the icy water after hanging onto bits of floating wreckage for more than half an hour. They had hung on to life!



Photos and Illustrations: Getty Images UK

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tiger
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Miley
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Ciya
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this amazing. now i know alot a nd i can tell the teacher during literacy becuase where learnig about the titanic!
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the titanic is the best thing to learn about ,everyone else gets to learn about except me they are so lucky i wish I can about it
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wilber351
cool! LOVED IT!
christana
I don't know what I would've done!
nguy243
I've wondered why the titanic was (almost) unsikable
nguy243
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That is so cool because my topic was once all about the Titanic!
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Thanks NG KIds for posting this fantastic article and for the valuable life saving lessons.
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Frankenstien
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darwin
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Shiir360
I feel so sad that all those people died. You know, another reason that some people did not make it is because the Captain of the ship jumped in the lifeboats and the captain of a sinking ship is supposed to get of last, as goes the saying " The captain goes down with his ship".
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I probably wouldn't have survived.
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THEjammer
i am a good pusher i would of shoved alottaking my mum and dad with me but still for the people who died i think like 255 people died which is a very sad moment
Didi
i have been on HMS St Albans and HMS Somerset and have sat in both the captains' chairs in the bridge- the control room- and have seen the guns, and ect.
Didi
I am a sea cadet and i have just been on an naval acquaintance course at HMS Raleigh and i have learnt so many skills to actually be in the navy like damage control which is plugging holes and saving the ship from sinking- i actually did this in a training room- and i have also learnt sea survival like putting on life jackets, the correct way to jump in the sea if in emergency, and all about life boats from the past to the present. and so much more that doesn't have anything to do with this! :)
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Taryn
I feel pity for the people who died
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I might have survived and I love learning about it
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I would have survived- JUMP!
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sophi
i would have survived
Mangos
We would have survived because we're kids and we would have listened to the commands. :)
PurpleFuzzyAnimalLover
Wow... Even though I've already done my gold swimming award, I don't think I could've survived!
joj
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kaitlyn v Mhlanga
i wouldn't have survived
catrin
We are learning about this in school, love it!
catrin
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kamrul214
I am really interested in this text because it has facts and all sorts of stuff about what happened to the titanic.
Titanic
I think I would have survived
FlappyEared_Elephant
I think that I may have survived but I don't think I would be able to hold on to bits of wreckage for half an hour.
FlappyEared_Elephant
I read a book based on these events called My Story: Titanic. It was really good but a bit sad near the end.
Craftbattleduty
Why didn't they have life vests
kidderkat8
wow
Celese
this is really cool, check it out!
ash9551
i call first boat off!
Hendi
awesome
Steve wallder
Cool
Kris
Interesting :)
TheDarkLord
Awesome but I probably wouldn't survive
Cute puppy
Wow
Felicia *
Amazing! I love the pictures!
minecraftuser223
helped me with my project
rachael
cool facts
tiny2001
i think anything found of the titanic should be left were it lies and not to be touched because its a great peace of history so it should stay at the bottom of the ocean
EMC2
this is cool
Hanah
I thought any ship could sink ???
Aimz
I just LOVE Titanic! Thanks for some new facts!!xx
OliviaGrace
YES! Well, I hope so.
MinecraftUserAJRB
I think the Titanic would of polluted the North Atlantic Ocean. Right? I am learning about the ocean. i have just read it all about the Titanic.
indianajoneskid007
amazing although it was not as good as your on-line game animal jam
Tabi
I wish I could experience the Titanic. It was so tragic that almost half the people on board died....... Of course I'd like to be one of the lucky ones to survive!
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oscar THE COOL
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whizzerpop
In English, we are studying Titanic so we can write poems about them! Thanks to N.G.K, I can educate my classmates about it.Thank you N.G.K.!
Madeleine a Clavin
Thank you
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thank you have been a big help towards my homework and if it was not for you it would not be finished .I really appreciate this can you send me some pictures of the titanic and the rich people on board.:):):):):):):)

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