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Follow the Doomed Voyage of the Titanic


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 Throughout the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, we at Atlas Obscura have been examining the tragic course of the ship as well as the many people, places and things that add to the public’s endless fascination with its story.

Here’s your chance to follow the Titanic’s inglorious journey as we take you from the construction site of the massive ship, to its final resting place miles beneath the icy surface of the North Atlantic, to the cemetery that had no choice but to receive the many bodies of the victims.

People around the globe visit these sites every day, but even for those of you who don’t understand the appeal, this starter kit of intrigue might whet a Titanic appetite.

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LAUNCH SITE OF THE TITANIC
Belfast, United Kingdom

The launch of any vessel from its construction site into the water, finally seaworth and ready for action, is a momentous occasion - and that went double for the Titanic. 

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TITANIC MEMORIAL CRUISE
Southampton, United Kingdom

Though the site of the Titanic’s initial launch in Belfast is understandably more renowned, the Titanic’s maiden voyage actually began in Southampton. 100 years later, a memorial cruise charted the same course.

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DOGS OF THE TITANIC
City of Chester, United States

Life aboard the Titantic was brief, but fantastically normal. First Class passengers lived, dined and even walked their dogs as if they were simply in a decadent, floating home of their own.

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TITANIC BANDSMEN MEMORIAL
Broken Hill, Australia

Ignoring warnings of treacherous conditions in the icy North Atlantic, the Titanic hastily made its way toward its final destination - the bottom of the sea. As the ship struck an iceberg and the unthinkable began to occur, one enduring story was that of the the band who kept playing.

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WRECK OF THE TITANIC
RMS Titanic Wreck, Atlantic Ocean

The Titanic’s final destination ended up being 2.5 miles below the surface of the ocean, and the same went for far too many of its passengers.

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PIER 54, TITANIC’S DESTINATION
New York City, United States

Pier 54 was the destination the Titanic never reached. Crumbling and overlooked by history, this dock is on its way to joining the famous ship at the bottom of the sea.

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FAIRVIEW LAWN CEMETERY
Halifax, Canada

To receive the overwhelming amount of bodies from the Titanic, Halifax turned its Mayflower Curling Rink into a temporary morgue, and while victims were buried in three different cemeteries, most of them were laid to rest at Fairview Lawn.