The sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 shocked the world. The luxurious ocean liner, on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York, New York, was thought to be the largest and finest vessel on the water, perhaps even impervious to danger.
In the aftermath of the Titanic's sinking, public interest and government inquiry resulted in large-scale investigations into all things Titanic - everything from what exactly happened during the vessel's final moments to how the whole disaster could have even occurred in spite of the oversight, precautions, and engineering. As historical imagination took over, Titanic myths and facts soon blended, resulting in a blurred historical "truth."
Titanic myths continue to contribute to mainstream understanding of the disaster, with movies like A Night to Remember (1958) and Titanic (1997) perpetuating some of the most popular, yet unverifiable, beliefs.