“God Himself Could Not Sink This Ship”

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On April 10, 1912, the RMS Titanic embarked on its maiden voyage, sailing from Southampton, England, to New York City. One of the largest and most luxurious passenger liners at the time, the Titanic was also equipped with watertight compartments, which led many to consider the ship unsinkable; an anonymous deckhand famously claimed that “God himself could not sink this ship.” On April 14, however, the ship struck an iceberg, and early the next day it sank. Some 1,500 people perished.

With the tragedy, the Titanic became perhaps the best-known ship in the world, capturing the public imagination and inspiring popular books and movies, notably James Cameron’s 1997 drama, which became the first film to gross more than $1 billion. In 2012 it was announced that a replica of the Titanic was being built, with an expected cost of $500 million. The ship was scheduled to set sail in 2018.

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