The Titanic was a British passenger ship. It was built by a company called Harland and Wolff ship builders in Belfast. When it was built, many people thought it would be almost impossible for it to sink. At 11:40 PM, on 14 April 1912, the Titanic collided with an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean. The iceberg damaged the bottom of the Titanic and water went into the ship. The Titanic sank two hours and forty minutes later at 2:20 AM on 15 April.
The Titanic broke in two pieces as it sank. More than 1,500 people died. Only about 705 people survived. It was a terrible accident. One reason why so many people died was because the ship only had 20 lifeboats. Women and children were allowed on the lifeboats first, and passengers who sailed in first class (which meant that they paid for better rooms on the ship) were allowed to leave the ship before other passengers. Another reason why so many people died was that a ship close to the Titanic had its radio turned off. The people on that ship did not hear about the accident and they did not come to help.