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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 (8 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?
Himanshu Jha (1 month ago)
+Bernard Polaris no, but Bush can
Ashutosh24fps (1 month ago)
+Mortyy VC I know!😉
Mortyy VC (1 month ago)
+Ashutosh24fps those are fictional characters for the movie created by James Cameron
Bernard Polaris (2 months ago)
If Ice can cut thru steel hull, can planes cut thru steel beams?
Jamir Temjen (3 months ago)
The thing that this accident could have been avoided
Raj Patel (1 day ago)
Is the new Titanic ready for sailing?
Michael McNamara (7 days ago)
We must admit it that we became so obsessed with Titanic is because of the James Cameron’s Titanic!
Frida Rymell (7 days ago)
The fact that they scrapped the Olympic to use her for parts is truly devastating..
lewis bell (9 days ago)
Belfast Northern Ireland thank you
Pato G. Santacruz Solis (25 days ago)
4:02 well you dont need that anymore :(
alex Nieuwland (1 month ago)
This video is full of errors its 751 not 705 survivors and the exact number of people aboard and deaths are still not known to this day
Gin-chan's Odd Jobs万事屋銀ちゃん (1 month ago)
THANK YOU for including metric
Angus Lee (1 month ago)
That's not how the Titanic sink like that !
S!xtyN!ne Solo (1 month ago)
Why did the scientist reconstruct the ship? Doesn't titanic has a twin?
Dorsa (1 month ago)
0:41 that’s the Olympic, not the Titanic
BOOM (1 month ago)
No black people were allowed on the ship 😂 GODS PLAN
smile hoya (1 month ago)
Titanic is the evidence of man's hubris against nature
mohan aryal (1 month ago)
where is jack and rose in this vid?
MJ L44 (1 month ago)
2:10 that’s the most interesting pronunciation of Newfoundland I’ve ever heard!
matthew garcia (1 month ago)
What exactly happened!!!! It hit an iceberg 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️😂
RMS TITANIC (2 months ago)
I34anbulunRuhu (2 months ago)
Bad people survived good people died
Mr. Skytime (2 months ago)
Probably a German U Boat torpedo the titanic
RMS Titanic (25 days ago)
Why would a German U-boat torpedo her
m m (2 months ago)
Everything is weak but Allah
Asahel (2 months ago)
still no one says the jews sink the Ship? because of Iceberg.
Hannah Diamond (2 months ago)
Rip jack Rose loved ya
ITs tv (3 months ago)
Fuckinbbbnnbbbgf voice
Siti Mufida Hasana (3 months ago)
Wait rly titanic is a sister ship of RMS Olympic
Vedraj r.m (3 months ago)
Now imagine if someone had recorded the whole sinking event from a Life boat and it was released tomorrow.
Lamborgatti -47 (3 months ago)
0:40 that’s the olympic
iluvcamaros (3 months ago)
1:11 That's the RMS Majestic, not Titanic.
ThomasStuff (3 months ago)
don't u mean 706 survived not 705
no1 weirdo (3 months ago)
The things in there making the titanic again in 2022 going the same route as the other one
Suniljohn John (3 months ago)
Tiffany Chatham-Pardus (3 months ago)
Titanic is disappearing
Razor scooter to the ankle (3 months ago)
Honestly this is so rad, it helps so much with modern day safety of boats and corses.
Lucas Johnson (3 months ago)
I would have laughed my head off if the diagram had shown two people pretending to fly on the bow. lol
Namjoon's Wifeu (3 months ago)
"Unsinkable" *pfft*
Agustín Villar (3 months ago)
iceberg: hold my beer
ginantsfan5 (4 months ago)
Most awesome vid!!!!!!!
Razor Hawk (4 months ago)
RMS TITANIC (4 months ago)
I'm here
Kian06Rowley (4 months ago)
I had relatives who died on it lol I actually did tho
Cephachrome (3 months ago)
Kian Rowley why is that funny
Boi Alfred Nibba (5 months ago)
Sad...new acts and enough lifeboat laws being announced after Titanic sinked.
Rockslide (5 months 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".
Stephen C. (5 months ago)
do do doooooooooooooo DO DO DO DOOOOOOOOO
Oscar Korlowsky (5 months 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)
PrettyRonFlacko (5 months ago)
Rip jack even tho he wasn’t real
Tim Horton (5 months ago)
Those who went down with the ship are now believe to be puffer fish.
PersonMan1 (5 months ago)
Wonder where jack is..
Tears of War (5 months ago)
What a terrible decision to cut the number of lifeboats in half
Michelle Williams (5 months ago)
I pray that they are all in the arms of Jesus
Danial Animates (5 months ago)
It is really easy to belive that its unsankable but it didint it lost all of their lives
James Pagous (5 months ago)
It snapped after the third funnel
Yuminaax ___. (5 months 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
Dizzy (4 months ago)
The only thing with the letters M and P is a piece of appalling CGI film. I thought everyone knew that by now.
Billy Connolli (5 months 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?
Dizzy (4 months ago)
Carpathia had a speed of approx 15.5 knots, which is not quite 18mph.
Tristan the Average 2118 (5 months ago)
Lesson: safety over luxury
xxcassielf armycircle (5 months 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 (5 months ago)
jharud walter (5 months ago)
where is ross
Jacob Wilson (6 months ago)
I Feel Back In 1912
Julia J. (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
I remember James Cameron showing the breaking of titanic with a banana
DC 28 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
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Officer Orange cheetolini (6 months ago)
Trump blew it up
STEVE P (6 months ago)
Innocent people were killed, someone has to be held accountable.
RaptorGaming (6 months ago)
Um, it said fateful day instead night 4.50. Great video tho
Waqar Sajid (6 months ago)
good thanks
Wolfgang Grandaka (7 months ago)
What about the burning coal? Isn't it the true fact?
Mimosa Pudica (7 months ago)
Kuasa Allah.
Super Ripper flame (7 months ago)
Titanic: im unsinkable Ocean: hold my beer
Purefoldnz (25 days ago)
+unknown person Ice to meet you.
Zulhardika Rendy Permana (2 months ago)
Hold my ice
Razor scooter to the ankle (3 months ago)
Compartments; oh shid
unknown person (4 months ago)
iceberg : bro get him
John Johansen (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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.
tabreez dawood (8 months ago)
The Titanic was the begest ship in the world
Rihan Shahi (8 months ago)
Rip 😯
Harsn 766hi (8 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 (8 months ago)
Titanic engeneer mocked god
Lee Chaa Ezüng (8 months ago)
Boastfully said "" Even GOD cannot sink this ship "" . N this happened. Can somebody say there's no God !???
Daniel Bustamante (2 months ago)
Number one, before the movie it was printed in a newspaper of the time that god himself could not sink Titanic. Number two, God Almighty does exist. Number three, God did not sink the Titanic.
Jahrhome Rimaha (3 months ago)
Atheist are usually to ignorant and stuck only to the present to research these types of things
JIMIN GOT NO JAMS maby (3 months ago)
Boastfully: even God can,t sink this ship GOD: ATLANTIC U GOT THIS JOB ATLANTIC OCEAN: YEP
Jeremiah plays (4 months ago)
Fun fact james cameron is an atheist
Lady (5 months ago)
Toolsquatch (8 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.
Dunebat (1 month ago)
Agreed; and much of the area between the second and third funnels broke into pieces. Also, @Toolsquatch: "that guy" usually has a good point to make (and you did! I saw your comment before I saw the little figure of the lookout standing at the tip of the bow instead of up in the crow's nest and I had to laugh).
Daniel gartner (7 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 (8 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 (8 months ago)
New safety features ! HAHA
USyellow 36 (8 months ago)
Wow so this were made of titanic
Hans G (8 months ago)
Sumukh (8 months ago)
How lucky were those 705 people ! This is still so painful tho
SuperTylerGamer Gaming/Vlogs (3 months ago)
I was reading and I think it said 706 people
JDB (4 months ago)
Oregonian  maybe i was.. jk, kinda every documentaire has said that..also, were you? ;)
PDX_BRZ (4 months ago)
JDB were you there?
JDB (6 months ago)
They were lucky to be rich so they were saved, they didn't care about the poor people
LavaThunder (7 months ago)
S̝E̝N̝A̝T̝O̝R̝ A̝G̝R̝A̝P̝A̝ (8 months ago)
I believed the ship had built with looted money or by poor labours.. a punishment from God almighty
Rigil Kent Oraa (8 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 (8 months ago)
Why am I so sad watching this video?
National Geographic (8 months ago)
We share that sentiment, Andrea. It's difficult to look back on what happened to the Titanic and not feel sadness.
chavamara (8 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 (8 months ago)
Nice voice-over and the voice is soothing.
HeyitsBlackNight Mincraft (8 months ago)
this is what im waiting
Radhadonti donti (8 months ago)
Troy Hagen (8 months ago)
National Geographic (8 months ago)
We love your enthusiasm, Troy! Hopefully you were able to learn a thing or two about the Titanic.
john adams (8 months ago)
i think the elegance and cleanliness achieved by removing the lifeboats was worth it , tbh
doyle gortmaker (8 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 (8 months ago)
doyle gortmaker - Titanic never saw the USA. It sailed from Europe bound for New York, never made it
Buck Buck (8 months ago)
What? I didn't know about this!!
Buck Buck (8 months ago)
Corey Messick ?
nk361 (8 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 (8 months ago)
Daniel gartner Indeed, it was. Thanks for making me research it.
Daniel gartner (8 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 (8 months ago)
"Belfast, Ireland." Hmm...
TheEeveeSquad (7 months ago)
Life of Kate its true reasearch first plss
Kerry Li (8 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!!!
SuperTylerGamer Gaming/Vlogs (3 months ago)
It was 706 not trying to be rude I read titanic books
PDX_BRZ (4 months ago)
forsythia jlynne maybe couple hundred more then? Still not a lot based on how much were there.
forsythia jlynne (4 months ago)
National Geographic actually did an experiment testing the theory of more lifeboats=more lives saved. However, the results showed that at the rate the ship was sinking and the time it would take to lower the life boats to the water, there would be no significant difference. (By significant difference, I mean the statistical definition) I don't know where I could find the documentary online or something.
SoHardToBeMe (8 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 (8 months ago)
bad voice !
CJ official (8 months ago)
yeah sorry about it
Nigel Oulton (8 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 (8 months ago)
a voice is very sweet and smooth.
Maria da Luz Moutinho (8 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 (8 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 (8 months ago)
That's not that bad, many people survived, most likely the rich.
Julia Botter (8 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..