Just before midnight on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in less than three hours in the early hours of April 15. The much-chronicled disasterous maiden voyage of the "unsinkable" ocean liner resulted in the death of 1,517 of the 2,223 people on board. The ship had a total lifeboat capacity of 1,178 people.
A new book, "101 Things You Thought You Knew About The Titanic ... But Didn't," claims a near collision as the ship set off from the docks could have averted the sinking and that the crew did not send out a distress signal until 45 minutes after the actual collision.