Facts, myths and secrets of Titantic disaster

The Titanic, which sank in 1912 after hitting an iceberg
The Titanic, which sank in 1912 after hitting an iceberg
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SECRETS and myths of the sinking of the Titanic will be unearthed at Sunderland University this week.

More than 101 years since the sinking of the vessel on its maiden voyage, the story will be told by retired teacher Bernard Hope at a community lecture.

Retired teacher Bernard Hope, who is giving a lecture on the sinking of the Titanic

Retired teacher Bernard Hope, who is giving a lecture on the sinking of the Titanic

The Titanic was carrying more than 2,200 passengers and crew when she set off from Southampton on April 10, 1912.

Four days later, she sank after hitting an iceberg 375 miles south of Newfoundland.

More than 700 people were saved, but between 1,500 and and 1,635 are believed to have died in the icy waters of the Atlantic.

Since the discovery of the ship’s wreckage in 1985, interest in the story of the tragedy has grown, and it was the subject of an Oscar-winning film featuring Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet.

The Titanic Experience has been set up in Belfast, where the ship was built by Harland and Wolff shipyard.

The lecture takes place on Wednesday, with Mr Hope saying it will leave no questions unanswered after examining the myths, facts and secrets of the boat and its maiden journey.

He said: “Despite over a century passing since this tragedy, I hope that most people attending this lecture will go away with a previously unknown fact about Titanic.”

The lecture is being held in the Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre at St Peter’s Campus.

It begins at 2.30pm, and all are welcome to attend.