Where did the Titanic sink?

"Where did the Titanic sink?" is a question I have heard often.

She was in the freezing waters of the Atlantic ocean when she sank.

According to the Naval Historical Center, on Sunday, the 14th of April, about 10 p.m., Titanic struck an iceberg in latitude 41 46' north, longitude 50 14' west, and sank within about three hours.

According to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Bob Ballard released the coordinates of the Titanic's location as:

  • The stern section sits on the ocean floor at 41o43'35" N, 49o56'54" W
  • The boilers are at 41o43'32" N, 49o56'49" W
  • The bow is at 41o43'57" N, 49o56'49" W

So, where did the Titanic sink? Read further on this webpage for more understandable information than the ocean latitude and longitude coordinates.

Here's an easier-to-understand description...

Where did the Titanic sink in relation to her final destination?

Titanic was due to arrive in New York on April 17 1912. She was meant to dock at Pier 59.

According to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the Titanic sank 1000 miles due east of Boston, Massachusetts, and 375 miles southeast of St. John's, Newfoundland.

This puts the sinking somewhere between 900 and 1000 miles northeast from New York, based on various accounts.

Map of where did the Titanic sink

Where did the Titanic sink in relation to where she left from?

Titanic left Southampton, England (southern England) at approximately noon on April 10, 1912.

She had a near collision (came within mere feet) with the New York right there in the Southampton docks.

Near collision of Titanic and New York

Titanic on the left, New York on the right

Ironically, if the collision had happened, Titanic probably wouldn't have sailed and collided with the iceberg on April 14, 1912, where she and more than half of her passengers succumbed to a watery grave.

Alas the collision did not happen; Titanic avoided the New York (or the New York avoided the Titanic) and she crossed the English channel to Cherbourg to pick up more passengers that same day.

That was where Molly (Margaret) Brown boarded.

She then sailed to Queenstown (now known as Cobh) Ireland where she picked up more passengers the next day.

Four days after she left Southampton Titanic did collide with the iceberg and, as we know, eventually sank.

According to the Gulf of Main Research Institute, she was approximately 400 miles from Newfoundland, Canada.



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