On this day in history the iconic ship, the RMS Titanic, sank into the ocean after a collision with an iceberg. The ship traveled with over 2,224 passengers and crew but, sadly there were only 711 survivors. In Cape Race, Newfoundland, wireless radio operators heard the last of the distress calls that the sinking ship continued to send out. The ship split in two, foundered, and gradually made its way to its final resting place on the seabed at a depth of 12,415 feet (3,784 m). The remains of the ship were discovered in 1985; since then, thousands of artifacts have been recovered.
The Titanic has been recognized as one of the worst disasters at sea. Many films, books, articles, and museum exhibits focus on the Titanic and its tragic ending. The library has some interesting resources if you want to learn more about the Titanic, or ships and boating in general. There are a variety of books, e-books, and articles available trough the library and at your disposal. The database Films on Demand contains more than 8,200 online videos that are all available to access remotely. This playlist was created from the Films on Demand database, and it contains 4 films that will help you better understand the sinking of the Titanic, why it happened, and how the ship looks over 100 years later. For a very different approach to remembering this tragic event, check out this article in The Telegraph that reports that the sinking of the Titanic has been played out in real-time, using the social networking tool, Twitter. To discover the Twitter account, click here.