White Star Line

Titanic memorials

Great Britain

Titanic Memorials

The Titanic was a floating city. Together her passengers and crew totalled more than 2,200 people. Her passengers were split into three-classes. Her first-class passengers included some of the most influential people in society; bankers, millionaire businessmen, politicians, sportsmen, journalists and writers. Second-class passengers included carpenters, engineers, ministers of faith, merchantmen and teachers and third-class included agricultural workers, bakers, general labourers, printers, servants and tailors. Her crew were drawn from across Britain and Ireland, but also from further afield. Most came from her city of birth Belfast, Liverpool and her home port Southampton.

The loss of the Titanic saw many cities, towns and villages across the country touched by disaster. For bereaved families there was the loss of loved ones to cope with and lives to rebuild in new circumstances without loved ones. For the survivors returning to their homes there were memories of that night that would remain with them for the rest of their lives. The disaster most notably affected two cities long associated with the White Star Line, Liverpool and Southampton.

Since 1869 the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, founded by Thomas Henry Ismay, had traded as the White Star Line. The company's fledgling fleet sailed on routes from Liverpool to New York, South America (later disbanded) and the Pacific. In 1907 plans were drawn up by the company for the three largest liners in the world, the Olympic, Titanic and Britannic. The company had a long association with Liverpool, until it was merged with the Cunard Line in 1934, becoming the Cunard-White Star Line.

In June 1907 the White Star Line RMS Adriatic inagurated the company's transatlantic service from Southampton to New York. Thousands were employed by the 23 steamship companies that operated from the city's docks. Areas of Southampton were devestated by the loss of the Titanic. It was reported that nearly every household in Northam lost a family member in the sinking.

Today, in many other cities, towns and villages across the country there are memorials to the victims of the disaster, torn from their community by the sinking of the Titanic and commemorated to this day.