The Sinking of the RMS Titanic

2017, History  -   13 Comments
Ratings: 7.73/10 from 48 users.

More than a century after the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the disaster continues to reverberate around the world. The Sinking of the RMS Titanic provides a clear and comprehensive overview of one of history's most haunting tragedies.

The film begins by outlining the events by which the Titanic came into being, and introducing us to the players who were responsible for its construction and ill-fated operation.

At the time, Titanic was one of three superliners that were designed in an effort to redefine luxury ocean travel. With an emphasis on comfort and extravagance, the ship featured lavishly furnished guest rooms, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, ornate dining areas and a centralized grand staircase worthy of a palace. This opulence was reserved for the wealthiest class of passengers, while the lower classes were housed in dramatically more modest accommodations.

While the ship steamed westward toward New York City, the crew was warned of potentially hazardous icebergs by other vessels in the region. They steered off course to avoid these obstacles, but their meager precautions failed to avert a destiny with doom.

The filmmakers question whether the disaster could have been avoided altogether, especially given the fact that there were only 20 life boats stored on the ship during this maiden voyage. In the end, arrogance might have played the most profound role in its downfall. After all, Titanic was thought to be unsinkable - a marvel of modern innovation - and no one could have anticipated the calamity that would ensue on April 15, 1912.

The film is awash in photos of the key players, depictions of each section of the grand ship, and historical documents related to the event. Viewers are given details of the liner's horrifying descent into the dark abyss of the ocean, the desperate attempts to save the lives of women and children, and the conditions in which the far less fortunate met their brutal end.

Much has been written about the sinking of the Titanic, and it's even been the subject of one of the highest grossing films in cinema history. Calling upon the latest evidence and footage captured from the ocean floor, The Sinking of the RMS Titanic contributes admirably to this ongoing narrative.

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13 Comments / User Reviews

  1. hank

    Was this a ship that sank back in the 70's?, was it a navel ship, how many troops died on her, this was heading for Veitnam wasn't it?, so sad

    1. Jailem

      You gotta be yoking... Maybe you ought to watch first.

  2. Purva Gole

    Hey can someone please help me with the details of this documentary like the director, producer, narrator

  3. Vicky

    I got goosebumps when the recovered whistle sounded at 8:15

  4. chaaru

    R.I.P all the passengers & crew who sank with TITANIC...

  5. mike

    Some have stated there was a fire on board when the ship left port. So very interesting that a guy who was a fire man gets off. But either way RIP, to those that sailed but never returned ....

  6. John Seguin

    Due to the last three negative reviews above, I decided to not bother with this one!

    1. Daniel

      too bad, you missed out on the most detailed doc on the Titanic that I've seen

  7. PJ Curtis

    Where do they find these pre-teen dope narrators?

  8. Mark

    Always a fascinating story. Is the narrator a bot? He seems unable to pronounce many words correctly. It is a distraction.

  9. Philip Stone

    Actually, the Titanic might have stayed afloat had it not been for a coal fire in one storage bin (starboard side) that spread to the next bin weakening the bulkhead between those two watertight sections. The testimony of the leader of the coal shovellers makes it quite clear (most of the shovellers left the ship in England before the ill fated journey, and had to be replaced). His testimony was ignored (after he fought hard to testify in the first place), probably to absolve the company of liability in order to try to keep the company from bankruptcy. The high speed was the Captain's attempt to fight the fire by emptying the affected coal bins (which was the only accepted way to fight a smoldering coal fire). They were even loaded with just enough coal to make the journey, due to a coal miners strike. It was built with steel which did not meet the nautical engineer's stated specifications, too; but that was not the primary reason. Like always, a number of factors led to the tragedy. This must be an out of date documentary. Lol

  10. Skip

    Although a terrible disaster at the time it pales in comparison to what goes on in the world today. The biggest difference though is Titanic was an accident caused by human error and death and destruction today are planned deadly assaults . Planned deadly assaults that have become so Mach a part of daily life today that no one will remember them. It is a sign of how our life as human beings has eroded to a state of acceptance with no change required.

  11. Andre Growald

    Although more than a century has passed the thrill and the shiver of the theme are still present in this well done documentary. Congratulations to the director and team who made possible such a film !