This guide gives the main facts about RMS Titanic.

Detailed ship statistics

Owners:

Oceanic Steam Navigation Company (Ismay, Imrie & Co) popularly known as the White Star Line

Ship type: steel triple screw steamer

Registered dimensions:

  • Length: 852.5 feet
  • Length overall: 882.75 feet
  • Breadth: 92.5 feet
  • Depth: 59.6 feet

Registered tonnage:

  • Gross: 46,329
  • Net 21,831

Official number: 131428

Signal letters: HVMP

Number of decks: 7

Engines

  • 2 triple-expansion 8 cylinder engines and 1 low pressure turbine
  • Registered horsepower: 6906
  • Total horsepower: 46,000
  • Service speed: 21 knots
  • Estimated top speed: 23/24 knots

Passenger capacity

  • First class: 735
  • Second class: 674
  • Third class: 1026

Crew: 885

Number of lifeboats: 20; capacity 1178 persons

Sister ships

  • Olympic: launched 20 October 1910, arrived at Jarrow for scrapping 13 October 1935
  • Britannic: launched 26 February 1914, sunk by mine 21 November 1916

Builders: Harland and Wolff, BelfastYard number: 401

Hull number: 390,904

Significant dates

  • 31 March 1909: Laid down
  • 31 May 1911: Launched
  • 31 March 1912: Completed
  • 2 April 1912: Sea trials (Belfast Lough and the Irish Sea)
  • 12.15, 10 April 1912: Sailed from Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York via Cherbourg, France and Queenstown, Ireland
  • 18.35, 10 April 1912: Arrived Cherbourg
  • 20.10, 10 April 1912: Sailed from Cherbourg
  • 11.30, 11 April 1912: Arrived Queenstown
  • 13.30, 11 April 1912: Sailed from Queenstown
  • 09.00, 14 April 1912: First ice warning, received from Caronia
  • 23.40, 14 April 1912: Collision with iceberg
  • 00.45, 15 April 1912: Wireless call for assistance, first transmission, using code CQD. Transmission altered to the new code SOS, first use of this code by a passenger liner.
  • 02.10, 15 April 1912: Last transmission
  • 02.20, 15 April 1912: Titanic foundered
  • 04.10, 15 April 1912: First lifeboat picked up by Carpathia
  • 21.25, 18 April 1912: Carpathia docked in New York
  • 1 September 1985: Titanic wreck site located, approx 2.5 miles below the Atlantic, by a joint French/USA expedition

People on board the Titanic

Crew: 909, one of whom deserted at QueenstownPassengers:

 

1st class

2nd class

3rd class

Joined at Southampton

195

234

497

Joined at Cherbourg

142

30

102

Joined at Queenstown

0

7

113

In addition, 27 passengers joined at Southampton and disembarked at Cherbourg, and a further seven joined at Southampton and disembarked at Queenstown.

Total passengers and crew on board when the ship left Queenstown: 2228

Losses: 1523 people; 815 passengers and 688 crew

Note: these figures are approximate. The original passenger lists and crew agreement for the Titanic are held by The National Archives.

Next steps

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