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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 (1 month 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?
Biplove Tiwari (6 days ago)
Kiki thank u for letting me know..
Kiki (6 days 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 (6 days ago)
Were all the compartments damaged????
Kiki (6 days 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.
MELLOWDRAMA88 (15 days ago)
David Good so much fake news
Waqar Sajid (1 day ago)
good thanks
Wolfgang Grandaka (6 days ago)
What about the burning coal? Isn't it the true fact?
Cheryl Han (7 days ago)
Kuasa Allah.
Super Ripper flame (8 days ago)
Titanic: im unsinkable Ocean: hold my beer
John Johansen (9 days 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 (6 days 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 (6 days 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
The Titanic was the begest ship in the world
Rihan Shahi (1 month ago)
Rip 😯
Hnes 766hi (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Titanic engeneer mocked god
Lee Chaa Ezüng (1 month ago)
Boastfully said "" Even GOD cannot sink this ship "" . N this happened. Can somebody say there's no God !???
Toolsquatch (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
New safety features ! HAHA
francisco genius Canuday (1 month ago)
Wow so this were made of titanic
Hans G (1 month ago)
Sumukh (1 month ago)
How lucky were those 705 people ! This is still so painful tho
JDB (1 day ago)
They were lucky to be rich so they were saved, they didn't care about the poor people
LavaThunder (28 days ago)
S̝E̝N̝A̝T̝O̝R̝ A̝G̝R̝A̝P̝A̝ (1 month ago)
I believed the ship had built with looted money or by poor labours.. a punishment from God almighty
Rigil Kent Oraa (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Why am I so sad watching this video?
National Geographic (1 month ago)
We share that sentiment, Andrea. It's difficult to look back on what happened to the Titanic and not feel sadness.
Matthew W (1 month ago)
I’ve always been fascinated by this story. And yes I love the movie.
National Geographic (1 month ago)
The story of the Titanic is such an interesting one. We hope you were able to learn something new, Matthew!
chavamara (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Nice voice-over and the voice is soothing.
HeyitsBlackNight Mincraft (1 month ago)
this is what im waiting
Radhadonti donti (1 month ago)
Troy Hagen (1 month ago)
National Geographic (1 month ago)
We love your enthusiasm, Troy! Hopefully you were able to learn a thing or two about the Titanic.
john adams (1 month ago)
i think the elegance and cleanliness achieved by removing the lifeboats was worth it , tbh
doyle gortmaker (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
doyle gortmaker - Titanic never saw the USA. It sailed from Europe bound for New York, never made it
Buck Buck (1 month ago)
What? I didn't know about this!!
Buck Buck (1 month ago)
Corey Messick ?
nk361 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Daniel gartner Indeed, it was. Thanks for making me research it.
Daniel gartner (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
"Belfast, Ireland." Hmm...
TeamTITANIC corp. (1 month ago)
Life of Kate its true reasearch first plss
Kerry Li (1 month 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 (1 month 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.
TheActiveStorage (1 month ago)
titanic was an inside job
hedders (14 hours ago)
bush did titanic
SwiftWarrior 07 (1 month ago)
TheActiveStorage how
CJ official (1 month ago)
bad voice !
CJ official (1 month ago)
yeah sorry about it
Nigel Oulton (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
a voice is very sweet and smooth.
Maria da Luz Moutinho (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
That's not that bad, many people survived, most likely the rich.
Julia Botter (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Hope that you know that the titanic was real
Kraken Streams (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Kraken Streams who?
Alcides Monteiro (1 month ago)
Excelente oratória
Tica811 (1 month 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 (28 days ago)
Tica811 i never thought of that good point 👌
Daniel gartner (1 month ago)
The first lifeboats were picked up an hour after it sunk, but some were picked up later in the morning.
Bam Bam (1 month ago)
rivenade (1 month ago)
Rose would have frozen to death if it took longer than that.
Snow5321 (1 month ago)
Tica811 imagine how long an hour would feel when your freezing to death in water...
Erwin Laureano (1 month ago)
Rest in Peace Jack.
Jason Tillett (1 month ago)
I heard that there was also a fire on board.
Azliana Lyana (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Where there any lawsuits???
LavaThunder (28 days ago)
bigsmilie07 no
bigsmilie07 (1 month ago)
Corey Messick hold an L for spellchecking online
Dr Fate (1 month ago)
nitpoon (1 month 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?
CalvinsWorld (1 month ago)
Patrick Donnolley (1 month ago)
Yes and that theory had so many holes in it. That it should have sunk.
Royal Hellenic Mapping (1 month ago)
nitpoon The theory was confirmed false when they checked the manufacture line number, which was 404. And 404 belonged to the Titanic.
babecat2000 (1 month ago)
Gamer ROG You are wrong it was debunked.
Knowlage Lover (1 month ago)
Servesh, no, the olympic was sunk. You can see the evidence in the videos
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Albin Mathew (1 month ago)
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New Message (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I loved her voice.
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sritej mosuganti (1 month ago)
That's why should not do kiss on forward
Mr. Kent (1 month ago)
Vinay vK (1 month ago)
Favorite film
Vinay vK (1 month ago)
Awesome movie
Vinay vK (1 month ago)
Bam Bam yes Poori movie dekhi hai
Bam Bam (1 month ago)
Vinay vK its a video
Aisyah Ihromi (1 month ago)
Sagar Dnyaneshwar (1 month ago)
World miss titanic
Beka Moseshvili (1 month ago)
Great ... !!!