Exactly a century ago, the ‘unsinkable' ship sank

Titanic was the

longest ship ever built at the time, and at 882ft (269m) it is impressive even

by today’s standards. But despite claims of being unsinkable, on 14 April 1912

she struck an iceberg, and in the early hours of the next morning, with 2224

passengers on board, she sank. A total of 1514 died that day, becoming one of

the worst shipping disasters known to man.

To mark the loss of the ship, the Cherbourg museum, La Cité

de la Mer, is hosting an exhibition of the Titanic throughout the year. Closer to home, the National

Maritime Museum at Greenwich will be marking the centenary with a series of

lectures exploring the stories behind the Titanic.

Dates for the talks are;

19 April, 26 April, 3 May and 10 May, with all starting at

11am till 3pm.

For details see the National Maritime website.