Titanic was the ship of dreams, carrying aristocrats home to their American mansions and working-class emigrants toward new and better lives.She boasted luxury never seen on the seas before: Opulent suites, grand dining rooms, a sweeping staircase. The biggest ship of her time, she was said to be unsinkable.
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Four days into Titanic's maiden voyage, the ship's captain received an iceberg warning. Then, just before midnight on April 14, 1912, the ship's lookout shouted the fateful words: "Iceberg right ahead!" There was a monstrous jarring, and the mighty liner began to sink. Within hours, 1500 people had died and the world's most famous vessel lay on the ocean floor.
|A pair of binoculars from the RMS Titanic. The total value of a collection of artefacts from the Titanic that will be auctioned in April 2012 has been put at more than $190 million. Photo: Don Emmert, AFP|
|Currency from around the world was salvaged from the site of the tragedy. Photo: Stanley Leary, AP|
|A third-class tea cup china used by passengers and the crew. Photo: Stanley Leary, AP|