Watch it Online: Secrets of the Titanic

Join one of the century's most celebrated underwater expeditions with marine scientist and adventurer Robert Ballard as he searches for—and finds—the R.M.S. Titanic.

What Was Life Like Aboard the Titanic?

  • Photo: Titanic's First-Class Dining Room

    Life on Board: Dining and Cuisine

    This wasn't your average grub. Titanic's culinary facilities were the most advanced afloat, preparing nearly 6,000 meals a day by a staff of 80.

  • Photo: Ida and Isidor Straus

    Life on Board: High Society

    Titanic's passenger list included some of the crème de la crème of early 20th century business, culture, and society, on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Titanic Band

    Life on Board: Music

    Music was a notable part of the Titanic experience—and remains an essential element in the Titanic legend overall.

  • Photo: Wireless Telegraph from 1915

    Life on Board: Mail and Telegrams

    Greetings from the Titanic! Read some of the letters, postcards, and telegrams sent from aboard the luxury liner.

  • Illustration: Standard Fashion Book, Summer 1912, New York

    Life on Board: Fashion

    The high society of Titanic's elite passenger roster brought with it the very height of fashion, or haute couture, of the day.

  • Photo: A boy stands next to the massive boilers of the Titanic's nearly-identical sister ship, the Olympic, at Harland and Wolff in Belfast.

    Life on Board: High Technology

    In 1912, the "floating palace" was a technological marvel on the cutting-edge of transportation technology and design.

  • Photo: Show dogs on board the Titanic, taken on April 10, 1912

    Life on Board: Animals

    Not all of the Titanic's passengers were human. Among the esteemed creatures sailing across the Atlantic: dogs, cats, and even roosters.

  • Photo: First-Class Gymnasium aboard the Titanic

    Life on Board: Fun and Recreation

    Titanic's "leisure class" had plenty of activities to choose from to pass their days at sea—from working out to lounging around.

Titanic Then

  • Photo: Members of a rescue crew in a whaling boat attempt to retrieve the floating body of a Titanic victim.

    Her Final Hours

    Read an excerpt from Michael S. Sweeney's book Titanic: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Greatest Shipwreck.

  • Titanic Memorial in Belfast

    The Guarantee Group

    Learn about the nine men who helped build the Titanic and ultimately went down with her.

Titanic Now

Titanic Facts


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Watch Full Documentaries Online

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    Rebuilding Titanic

    Modern-day engineers set out to re-create iconic sections of the Titanic using the materials and methods of 1912.

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    Sinking of the Titanic

    Did a structural oversight lead to critical failure in the ship's hull? See how one tiny detail might have changed history.

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    Ballard's Secret Mission

    Bob Ballard reveals the details behind his top-secret assignment and how the search for Titanic became the cover.

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