The sinking of the White Star Line RMS 'Titanic' in April 1912 is one of the most memorialised peacetime disasters. In the months and years that followed, memorials commemorating her many victims were dedicated by communities across the world. Today, there are believed to be over 650 memorials in 26 countries. The loss of more than 1,500 lives touched towns and cities across the world, and to this day these locations hold a strong connection to the story of the Titanic, her passengers and crew.
At midday on Wednesday 10 April 1912 the new White Star liner RMS Titanic left Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York. Later that evening she called at Cherbourg in France, then at Queenstown in Ireland the next day. At 11:40pm on 14 April she struck an iceberg. Fatally damaged, the Titanic sank beneath the surface of the North Alantic at 2:20am on 15 April. Only 705 people survived. More than 1,500 men, women and children died.