• A collection of videos and archives
  • about the ship made in
  • Belfast, which sank
  • on her maiden voyage
  • 1861
    Edward J. Harland and Gustav W. Wolff create Harland & Wolff.
  • 1895
    William Pirrie becomes H&W chairman. H&W to be sole supplier to White Star Line.
  • 1907
    Designs begin in the H&W Drawing Office for Olympic, Titanic and Britannic.
  • 1908
    Designs of Olympic and Titanic by Comber man Thomas Andrews are approved.
  • 1909
    Construction of Titanic begins in Slipway No. 3. Her keel is laid.
  • 1910
    Plating is finished on Titanic.
  • 1911
    Titanic hull is launched and afloat for the first time in Belfast Lough.
  • 1912
    The fitting of Titanic is completed and the ship is ready to sail.
  • The Titanic’s sea trials are postponed due to bad weather.
  • Titanic begins one day of sea trials, before returning to Belfast.
  • Declared seaworthy, Titanic bids farewell to Belfast.
  • Titanic arrives in Southampton ahead of her maiden voyage.
  • Titanic is loaded with supplies. Her crew is hired.
  • Captain Smith comes aboard. Ill health stops Lord Pirrie at the last minute.
  • Passengers begin boarding.
  • Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton.
  • Titanic reaches Cherbourg, France, to pick up more passengers.
  • Titanic departs Queenstown, Ireland, for New York, raising anchor for the last time.
  • Captain Smith retires to his room before the last of several ice warnings is received.
  • Frederick Fleet sees an iceberg, rings the bell, shouts ‘Iceberg, right ahead!’
  • Order is given to steer the ship and put the engines in reverse.
  • Titanic strikes the iceberg on starboard side, travelling at over 20 knots.
  • In less than 10secs, the hull is damaged below the waterline over 300 ft.
  • Five watertight compartments are flooded to 14 ft.
  • Thomas Andrews tells Captain Smith the ship is doomed.
  • Order is given to uncover the lifeboats and wake up passengers.
  • First distress signal is transmitted. It is picked up by Carpathia.
  • Order is given to load the lifeboats with passengers, women and children first.
  • First lifeboat is lowered into the freezing water, with 28 people on board.
  • Last lifeboat is lowered -1,500 people remain on board. Titanic's bow is submerged.
  • Captain Smith tells his crew: 'It’s every man for himself.'
  • Titanic breaks in two. The bow half sinks. The stern becomes level before filling with water.
  • Stern tilts upward and sinks, with the loss of over 1,500 lives.
  • First lifeboat is spotted and picked up by Carpathia.
  • Carpathia leaves site with 705 survivors on board.
  • Shock on both sides of the Atlantic at the loss of Titanic.
  • Carpathia arrives in New York with survivors.
  • Over 300 bodies are brought back from the site of the sinking and buried in Halifax, Canada.
  • The US Senate ends its inquiry into the sinking. Joseph Bruce Ismay testified.
  • The British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry into the disaster ends.
  • 1920
    A Titanic Memorial is unveiled on the grounds of Belfast City Hall.
  • 1955
    Publication of Walter Lord’s book A Night to Remember.
  • 1958
    Premiere of A Night to Remember, produced by William MacQuitty.
  • 1985
    Robert Ballard discovers the wreck on the ocean floor.
  • 2012
    The world's largest Titanic-themed exhibition opens in Belfast.
The Titanic Timeline
The hull was divided into 16 compartments formed by 15 watertight transverse bulkheads, from which came the reputation that the ship was 'almost unsinkable'.