“COLLISION WITH ICEBERG - Apr 14…the British steamer TITANIC collided with an iceberg seriously damaging her bow; extent not definitively known”
Daily Memorandum from the Hydrographic Office Reporting Titanic Disaster, 4/15/1912
File Unit: In the Matter of the Petition of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, Limited, for Limitation of its Liability as owner of the steamship TITANIC, 10/14/1912 - 5/23/1918. Series: Admiralty Case Files, 1790 - 1966. Record Group 21: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009
105 years ago on the evening of April 14, 1912, the passenger liner RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic, taking over 1,500 lives. This memorandum from the Hydrographic Office is among the many documents in the Admiralty Case Files pertaining to the Titanic sinking.
Our colleagues from the National Archives at New York earlier shared some of their favorite records from admiralty case files related to Titanic. Among the documents are depositions of surviving passengers, blueprints of the ship, claims of loss and photographs. Often in the first person, they tell the story of the sinking in dramatic detail:
The stories of the survivors and those who were lost are now being told in a new exhibit, “Titanic at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library,” opening on May 27, 2017: https://reaganlibrary.gov/coming-soon