Harlingen, Texas (KVEO)—Thursday marks the 109th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
On the night of April 14, 1912, the largest and most impressive ship ever built at the time, crashed into an iceberg as it made its way towards New York City.
More than 15-hundred passengers and crew aboard the British luxury liner the RMS Titanic died when it sank.
The ship was making its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City when it hit an iceberg and sank about 370 miles South of Newfoundland.
It’s considered to be one of the worst maritime disasters in history.
People from all walks of life, from upper class citizens to the poor working class, boarded the ship.
While the sinking has been widely investigated over the last century, it is still unclear how exactly the ship came to hit the iceberg.
People have been diving to the Titanic’s wreck for 35 years. No one has found human remains, according to the company that owns the salvage rights.
According to the Associated Press, the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is threatening RMS Titanic Inc., plans to retrieve and exhibit the radio that had broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic.
The company said in January, that its revenues plummeted after coronavirus restrictions closed its exhibits of Titanic artifacts, causing the firm to seek funding through its parent company. Some of the exhibitions, which are scattered across the country, are still closed, while others that have reopened are seeing limited attendance.
Not only have scientists and scholars been interested in researching the disaster, but it has inspired songs, films, and even a Broadway musical.