#OTD in 1912 – The Titanic, the world’s largest ship built at Belfast’s Harland and Wolfe, hits an iceberg at 11:40pm.

Just before midnight in the North Atlantic, the RMS Titanic failed to divert its course from an iceberg, rupturing its hull, began to sink. The Titanic was designed by the Irish shipbuilder William Pirrie and spanned 883 feet from stern to bow. Its hull was divided into 16 compartments that were presumed to be watertight. […]

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1849 – The brig Hannah transported emigrants to Canada during The Great Hunger/’Án Gorta Mor. She is known for the terrible circumstances of her 1849 shipwreck that set out for Quebec City from Newry, Co Down on 3 April.

The brig Hannah transported emigrants to Canada during The Great Hunger/’Án Gorta Mor. She is known for the terrible circumstances of her 1849 shipwreck, in which the captain and two officers left the sinking ship aboard the only lifeboat, leaving passengers and the rest of the crew to fend for themselves. Hannah was built at […]

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