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From an iceberg to human error, a confluence of factors led to the sinking of the "unsinkable" RMS Titanic. Learn about the series of events leading up to the disaster, the laws that followed, and the discovery of the wreckage nearly 75 years later. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta Titanic 101 | National Geographic https://youtu.be/TpABdOzmxJY National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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National Geographic (3 months ago)
The fate of the Titanic is well known, but there's so much to the ship's story that isn't always covered. What intrigues you the most about the Titanic?
miss may i fan 344 (16 days ago)
Thank u for teaching my students
Biplove Tiwari (2 months ago)
Kiki thank u for letting me know..
Kiki (2 months ago)
Biplove Tiwari, no only the front 4 compartments down the starboard side were breached. However, the bulkheads that separated the compartments didn't extend all the way up to the top decks, so as the front of the ship filled with water the weight pulled the ship down. This allowed the water to spill over the top of the bulkheads and fill the rest of the ship.
Biplove Tiwari (2 months ago)
Were all the compartments damaged????
Kiki (2 months ago)
billionthoughts, the main reason that it took so long to find the Titanic was that the Titanic had actually reported their position incorrectly. Previous expeditions were looking in the wrong place. Robert Ballard covered this in his book about the discovery. He plotted the location where the lifeboats were picked up and showed how far they had drifted from the sinking. This helped them locate the actual position of the ship. Titanic's (incorrect) reported position had them several miles away on the other side of the ice floe.
Großkanzler Nicholaus Dietrich (7 hours ago)
Sad...new acts and enough lifeboat laws being announced after Titanic sinked.
Rockslide (1 day ago)
Terrible narration. Voice is too modern, emphasis placed on wrong words. A professional narrator should have been used. And by the way, the Carpathia picked up survivors not "passengers".
Punchme 101 (1 day ago)
do do doooooooooooooo DO DO DO DOOOOOOOOO
Oscar Korlowsky (3 days ago)
I've read many articles claiming that they only cared about 1st class, and rescued only 1st class passengers, someone claimed that some lifeboats weren't even at half the maximum capacity and that 1st class passengers wouldn't share the lifeboat with 2nd and 3rd class (working class)
Frank Black (4 days ago)
PrettyRonFlacko (7 days ago)
Rip jack even tho he wasn’t real
Farhan Wazir (7 days ago)
Those who went down with the ship are now believe to be puffer fish.
personman (7 days ago)
Wonder where jack is..
Rogue Sniper Gaming (9 days ago)
What a terrible decision to cut the number of lifeboats in half
Michelle Williams (12 days ago)
I pray that they are all in the arms of Jesus
alpha123 gaming (13 days ago)
It is really easy to belive that its unsankable but it didint it lost all of their lives
James Pagous (15 days ago)
It snapped after the third funnel
Miu Iruma (17 days ago)
the Olympic sank.. The company that made the Titanic knew the Olympic was gonna sink so they switched the names. The "Titanic" was found, yeah, but, another person found it later and they took a photo that has the letters 'M' and 'P'. What has the letter M and P? Olympic. Watch Shane's video
Billy Connolli (22 days ago)
Was the R.M.S. Carpathia really only 58 miles away when they got the distress call from the Titanic? If so then why did they take so long to get to them?
TristanAnonymous 7 (24 days ago)
Lesson: safety over luxury
Anna Mae Lomentigar (26 days ago)
It took 3yrs to build but took less than 3hrs to sink. And to think that it sailed only once. what a pity. and its really tragic
Anuradha Potnuru (26 days ago)
jharud walter (28 days ago)
where is ross
Hardstyle Of Pandora (30 days ago)
I Feel Back In 1912
Julia J. (1 month ago)
I hate to be that guy but half of the things about what happened to and on the Titanic itself were wrong😂💀
GaU raV (1 month ago)
I remember James Cameron showing the breaking of titanic with a banana
DC 28 (1 month ago)
I really truly believe once they discovered the titanic, we will recreate it and make it better because of our technology today, we learned from those mistakes and we will try it again make it better not worse
Professor Sir (1 month ago)
DC 28 Discover?? Its already discovered long ago under atlantic ocean being in very rusty,broken,decomposed state.There are ships like queen mary 2,oasis of seas,alleure of seas etc which are much more bigger,majestic,luxurious and powerful than titanic ever was!!
Sherbet_Bomb (1 month ago)
Safety should have been first priority. More life boats, survival boat testing and critical radio communication between deck staff. Only if these factors worked to full effect, this sadness could have been avoided. RIP to the people who died that night.
Thomas Cremens (1 month ago)
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Orange Cheetolini (1 month ago)
Trump blew it up
STEVE P (1 month ago)
Innocent people were killed, someone has to be held accountable.
AwsomeSeaTreader (1 month ago)
Um, it said fateful day instead night 4.50. Great video tho
Waqar Sajid (1 month ago)
good thanks
Wolfgang Grandaka (2 months ago)
What about the burning coal? Isn't it the true fact?
P (2 months ago)
Kuasa Allah.
Super Ripper flame (2 months ago)
Titanic: im unsinkable Ocean: hold my beer
John Johansen (2 months ago)
For years I have been speculating why the crew didn't try to slow the water filling the ship. For example by lowering mattresses wrapped in oilskin, and weighted down by something heavy, to cover some of the breach. This could have held Titanic floating for longer. Probably long enough for other ships to come to rescue.
Kiki (2 months ago)
Closing the compartments did slow down the sinking, by the way. It took 3 hours to sink. One of the main reasons why other ships didn't make it to the Titanic in time was that Titanic had also incorrectly reported their position, so several rescue ships went to the wrong place.
Kiki (2 months ago)
John Johansen, the breach in the hull was about 100 feet long. Trying to plug up the hole would have been impossible given the size of the breach and the amount of water that rushed in. The crew did what they had been trained to do. They closed the watertight bulkheads in the hull. Under most circumstances, this would have kept the water contained in a few of the hull compartments, and the ship would not have sunk. However, since the ship hit the iceberg with a glancing blow that scraped a long way down the starboard side, too many compartments were breached and the weight of the water pulled the ship down. If they had hit the iceberg head-on, they would probably have been fine.
72Yonatan (2 months ago)
They could have saved at least another 600 people if they had properly loaded the 20 lifeboats which were available to them. 600 people died needlessly due to careless handling of the crew.
Sakinah Bhurtun (2 months ago)
The Titanic was the begest ship in the world
Rihan Shahi (3 months ago)
Rip 😯
Harsn 766hi (3 months ago)
I have a theory, how if all passenger who jump in to the sea gathered and hold each other. isn't that makes water warmer? Please Nat Geo make an simulation on that condition, = how much degree c that decreases? hope it works!
mojalefa mtimkulu (3 months ago)
Titanic engeneer mocked god
Lee Chaa Ezüng (3 months ago)
Boastfully said "" Even GOD cannot sink this ship "" . N this happened. Can somebody say there's no God !???
Lady (24 days ago)
Nigtcreature18 (25 days ago)
No one ever said "God himself couldn't sink this ship." A lot of people got that line from the movie Titanic. In real life. There is no report of anyone saying that. Besides unsinkable.
VeganVixen (1 month ago)
I once said that unicorns don't exist and the next day I stubbed my toe on the coffee table. Clearly this proves the existence of unicorns. If they didn't actually exist, then saying they don't should halt bad things from ever happening, right?
Toolsquatch (3 months ago)
Hate to be "that guy" but the lookout was up in the mast and not on the bow of the ship and the Titanic split between the 3rd and 4th funnels instead of between 2 and 3.
Daniel gartner (2 months ago)
No, recently they found that the break location was actually between the second and third funnel, or under the third funnel base. I think they explain this in James Cameron's 'Titanic the final word' documentary.
godfatherNYC (3 months ago)
Why are we just now hearing about this? I'm almost 50 and I wold think someone would have told us about a story this interesting.
Maxine Clementine (3 months ago)
New safety features ! HAHA
francisco genius Canuday (3 months ago)
Wow so this were made of titanic
Hans G (3 months ago)
Sumukh (3 months ago)
How lucky were those 705 people ! This is still so painful tho
JDB (1 month ago)
They were lucky to be rich so they were saved, they didn't care about the poor people
LavaThunder (2 months ago)
S̝E̝N̝A̝T̝O̝R̝ A̝G̝R̝A̝P̝A̝ (3 months ago)
I believed the ship had built with looted money or by poor labours.. a punishment from God almighty
Rigil Kent Oraa (3 months ago)
i feel like titanic is being overrated rn, like its not the only ocean liner that existed, nor the grandest if i would compare it the ss normandie
Andrea Salindato (3 months ago)
Why am I so sad watching this video?
National Geographic (3 months ago)
We share that sentiment, Andrea. It's difficult to look back on what happened to the Titanic and not feel sadness.
chavamara (3 months ago)
You forgot to mention that a lot of the Titanic's passengers were actually meant to be on other ships, but were diverted to the Titanic because of a coal strike.
Max Payne (3 months ago)
Nice voice-over and the voice is soothing.
HeyitsBlackNight Mincraft (3 months ago)
this is what im waiting
Radhadonti donti (3 months ago)
Troy Hagen (3 months ago)
National Geographic (3 months ago)
We love your enthusiasm, Troy! Hopefully you were able to learn a thing or two about the Titanic.
john adams (3 months ago)
i think the elegance and cleanliness achieved by removing the lifeboats was worth it , tbh
doyle gortmaker (3 months ago)
I have heard but seen no proof that stack #3 was on fire when they left the USA. Back then men had to pick fire parts out by hand. So even that they had known,they didn't want to waist time to put it out.
yankeexpress (3 months ago)
doyle gortmaker - Titanic never saw the USA. It sailed from Europe bound for New York, never made it
Buck Buck (3 months ago)
What? I didn't know about this!!
Buck Buck (3 months ago)
Corey Messick ?
nk361 (3 months ago)
You didn't mention the fire that caused the same part of the Titanic to be much weaker when it was being built. Without the fire, it probably would have survived the hit. The company that made the Titanic already owed so much money and they spent more than they could afford on coal from other ship companies just to get the Titanic out and making money for them.
Transyst (3 months ago)
Daniel gartner Indeed, it was. Thanks for making me research it.
Daniel gartner (3 months ago)
This has been debunked. There was a coal fire but it was put out the day before the incident. The fire was also only in one coal bunker, so if this did weaken the hull it would of only been a small section that was damaged when it hit the iceberg.
Life of Kate (3 months ago)
"Belfast, Ireland." Hmm...
TeamTITANIC corp. (2 months ago)
Life of Kate its true reasearch first plss
Kerry Li (3 months ago)
If only there were enough life boats in the Titanic, more lives would be saved instead of just 705! It's a very tragic event!!!
SoHardToBeMe (3 months ago)
Kerry Li Not really. Some of the boats which were designed to carry 12 (I think 12) grown musculer men were only filled with 6, 4, 10 before taking off. Imagine how many they could have put on each boat. Shame.
CJ official (3 months ago)
bad voice !
CJ official (3 months ago)
yeah sorry about it
Nigel Oulton (3 months ago)
why blot out the names of the tug boats - this is historical fact - everybody in the film used to create this is by now dead - if your that stupid then why not blot out the name of Titanic or Olympia as well. Stopped the video. Down thumbed it. Unsubscribed
Keval Patel (3 months ago)
a voice is very sweet and smooth.
Maria da Luz Moutinho (3 months ago)
A megalomania Titanic ...O sonho que caiu a pique!! A desgraça nunca marca encontro ...mesmo com tantos pormenores os pequenos detalhes faltaram ... e se ficou numa viagem só ...e o mais importante falhou...Os corpos e as suas histórias remanescem! O encontro do Titanic simbolismo de luxo, probeza, sonho, imperfeições, morte que veio do frio...Crónicas de um navio enferrujado inerte no mar ...casa onde outros se foram instalar!! o que mudou depois desta tragédia fiquei surpresa!!
Maria da Luz Moutinho (3 months ago)
Sério que falam ou escrevem?? Eu escrevo na língua de Vaz de Camões ...e linda, rica ...Que tal aprender o português? é uma sugestão apenas...ah, e não me chame amigo que me confunde ...e não me conhece, o.k. uma boa tarde!! Não se chateie porque vou escrever sempre em português...se não gostar ponha à beira do prato!
Noplay (3 months ago)
That's not that bad, many people survived, most likely the rich.
Julia Botter (3 months ago)
This video reminds me the love story on titanic between jack and roz dawson ..and the story of titanic will stay with our heart forever..
Arun Bisht (2 months ago)
I only love ❤️ the movie which is full of emotions named TITANIC ❤️❤️😍😍 I love this movie and saw that more than 10 times
SoHardToBeMe (3 months ago)
Hope that you know that the titanic was real
Kraken Streams (3 months ago)
Thanks 🙏🏼 this was really helpful. For the next video on the titanic can you do it on the last survivor of the titanic she died in 2009 31st of May
Hans Parazo (3 months ago)
Kraken Streams who?
Alcides Monteiro (3 months ago)
Excelente oratória
Tica811 (3 months ago)
So... RMS Carpathia arrived 'just' over an hour after the ship snaps in two? Why did "Titanic (1997)" make it seem to be several hours before it arrived? Typical Hollywood stuff, maybe???
LavaThunder (2 months ago)
Tica811 i never thought of that good point 👌
Daniel gartner (3 months ago)
The first lifeboats were picked up an hour after it sunk, but some were picked up later in the morning.
Bam Bam (3 months ago)
rivenade (3 months ago)
Rose would have frozen to death if it took longer than that.
Berry’s Antics! (3 months ago)
Tica811 imagine how long an hour would feel when your freezing to death in water...
Erwin Laureano (3 months ago)
Rest in Peace Jack.
Jason Tillett (3 months ago)
I heard that there was also a fire on board.
Azliana Lyana (3 months ago)
Great loss and tragedy in the history of modern cruise ships. Maybe a little too late but congratulations to the National Geographic team that found the final resting place to The Titanic. Thanks for sharing National Geographic.
bigsmilie07 (3 months ago)
Where there any lawsuits???
LavaThunder (2 months ago)
bigsmilie07 no
bigsmilie07 (3 months ago)
Corey Messick hold an L for spellchecking online
Everything (3 months ago)
nitpoon (3 months ago)
Isn't the Titanic actually another ship that was damaged so they swap names and send it out for an insurance claim among other things?
akidin06 (4 hours ago)
that is a conspiracy but it might as well have been true... who knows
Bob Ishere (1 month ago)
On my God,. What is wrong with you people? Conspiracy???? Why do people ignore empirical evidence? Everything a conspiracy? People especially Americans, for some reason.
Bob Ishere (1 month ago)
2 ships, Olympic and Titanic
CalvinsWorld (2 months ago)
Patrick Donnolley (3 months ago)
Yes and that theory had so many holes in it. That it should have sunk.
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New Message (3 months ago)
It's pretty clear that the biggest issue was unsafe, tiny doors. Had they been bigger.. maybe more people would have survived.. I mean, providing any rich hussies can stop professing her love to a lower deck artist long enough to scoot over like... 3 inches, tops ... and let him climb on.
César Tejeda Casilla (3 months ago)
I loved her voice.
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sritej mosuganti (3 months ago)
That's why should not do kiss on forward
석사 Master Monay (3 months ago)
Vinay vK (3 months ago)
Favorite film
Rockslide (1 day ago)
Which film? There have been many.
Vinay vK (3 months ago)
Awesome movie
Vinay vK (2 months ago)
Bam Bam yes Poori movie dekhi hai
Bam Bam (3 months ago)
Vinay vK its a video
Aisyah Ihromi (3 months ago)
Sagar Dnyaneshwar (3 months ago)
World miss titanic
Beka Moseshvili (3 months ago)
Great ... !!!