The Titanic, a sumptuous liner which sank during its maiden journey on April 15, 1912, bringing death to 1523 of the 2228 passengers and crew members aboard. Only 705 survived.
There was a programme about the Titanic last night on the TV (History channel, I think). I thought I was well-versed on this marine disaster but was surprised to discover new things. The ship did not carry enough lifeboats for all passengers and crew because it was expected that there would be waiting rescue ships in such a busy shipping channel. The assumption was that there need only be enough boats to ferry people from one ship to another, then return and pick up more.
Also, the passengers were not removed quickly from the Titanic because the captain and officers thought there was a ship to aid in rescue close at hand. It turns out the vessel was hours away.
Mention was also made of the final burial place of some of the dead of the Titanic, here in Halifax. I have been to this graveyard before but will now, as the sun beams, set out to visit it again. The power of TV, eh?