Early in the morning of April 15, 1912, the luxury ocean liner RMS Titanic sank on its maiden voyage after striking an iceberg, dooming 1,500 people to their watery graves. One of the deadliest peacetime maritime tragedies on record, the sinking of the Titanic still grips people's imaginations today. Its story has inspired films, songs, exhibits in museums, and, indirectly, lots of "draw me like one of your French girls" memes. And of course, it has inspired plenty of Titanic conspiracy theories too.
The Titanic was one of three luxury Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line, which also included the HMHS Britannic and RMS Olympic. "The Olympic is unsinkable, and Titanic will be the same when she is put in commission," said Captain John Smith, who helmed the doomed voyage. But sink the Titanic did.