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RMS Titanic:  A Brief History

The RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.  The largest ship afloat at the time it entered service, the RMS Titanic was the second of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line.  About 710 people survived the disaster and were conveyed by the RMS Carpathia to New York, Titanic's original destination, while 1,500 people lost their lives, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history.

The wreck of Titanic, first discovered over 70 years after the sinking, remains on the seabed, split in two and gradually disintegrating at a depth of 12,415 feet (3,784 m).  Since her discovery in 1985, thousands of artefacts have been recovered and put on display at museums around the world.  Titanic has become one of the most famous ships in history; her memory is kept alive by numerous works of popular culture, including books, folk songs, films, exhibits, and memorials.

Sextants were widely used at the time used to measure the angle between a celestial object and the horizon.  An original sextant used by the captain, Sir Arthur Rostron, of the RMS Carpathia, recently sold at auction in the United Kingdom for approximately $82,500.

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