The White Star Line’s RMS Titanic departed Southampton, England, for the United States on 10 April 1912 with 2,206 passengers and crew on board, but she never reached her destination as she struck an iceberg during her maiden voyage. The ocean liner sank within a few short hours, and with a relatively small number of lifeboats on hand (and many launched only partially loaded), most passengers were lost at sea.
Formerly a magistrate court building, the state-of-the-art Southampton SeaCity Museum opened in Southampton, England, in April 2012 to commemorate the centenary of the Titanic’s launch. The museum does not focus solely on the Titanic, however, but also tells the story of the people of Southampton and the city’s maritime heritage.
The museum, located in the heart of Southampton’s Cultural Quarter, is visually stunning. A monumental clock tower casts shadows over the Civic Centre and through the museum’s ample skylights. The tower is roughly the same height as the Titanic’s funnels and serves as a scale for the magnitude of the ocean liner.