The sinking of the 'Titanic', 1912.
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Engraving from the 'Illustrated London News' (May 1912). This sketch drawn by John B Thayer Jr while he was on one of the vessel's collapsible boats, and filled in by Mr P L Skidmore on the 'Carparthia' immediately after the rescue of the survivors' shows the liner breaking in two and the following disintegration. The Titanic, operated by the White Star Line, struck an iceberg in fog south of Newfoundland en route from Southampton to New York just before midnight on 14 April 1912. Titanic was the largest and most luxurious passenger liner afloat at the time, and was believed by her designers to be unsinkable. Unfortunately the collision caused five of the vessel's watertight compartments to be ruptured, and the Titanic sank with the loss of about 1500 lives.