Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Documents from the BBC archive show how shipping firms and the government tried to block a 1947 radio play about the sinking of the Titanic. They were worried it would affect profits.Little change there then!
The Titanic was a British registered four funnelled ocean liner built for the transatlantic passenger and mail service between Southampton and New York.
Constructed at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland she was, at the time of her maiden voyage, the largest vessel afloat.
On April 10th 1912 the Titanic set sail from Southampton with 2,200 passengers and crew, four days later the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank. 1500 people died and 700 survived.