By the numbers
Size: The Titanic was almost three football fields long and one football field wide. From the bottom (or hull) to the top of its smokestacks, it was 175 feet tall, about as tall as a 17-story building.
People onboard: There were about 2,200 people onboard when the ship set sail. But the Titanic could carry 3,547.
Food: The Titanic set off for its weeklong voyage with the following to feed the passengers and crew:
86,000 pounds of meat
1,000 loaves of bread
Water: Passengers and crew used 14,000 gallons of water a day.
Lifeboats: Originally the Titanic was supposed to have 64 lifeboats. But only 20 were put on the ship so that first-class passengers could have more room to walk around the deck.
Timeline: The fateful voyage in 1912
April 10: Leaves Southampton, England, to pick up passengers and mail in Cherbourg, France.
April 11: Arrives in Queenstown (now known as Cobh), Ireland, before noon. Some passengers get on; others get off. In the afternoon, sets sail for New York.
April 12: First iceberg warning received. Warnings continue for next three days.
April 14: Strikes iceberg at 11:40 p.m. and begins taking on water.
April 15: Shortly before 12:30 a.m., people begin boarding lifeboats. The Titanic splits in half about 2:20 a.m. and sinks just minutes later. About 3:30 a.m. the RMS Carpathia arrives, takes passengers off lifeboats and heads for New York.
April 18: The Carpathia reaches New York with 705 Titanic survivors (56 children, 324 women, 325 men).
- The Washington Post