Synopsis by Forrest Spencer
On April 15, 1912, at 2:20 a.m., the HMS Titanic, a 47-ton passenger liner, sank within three hours after striking an iceberg in the cold North Atlantic ocean and 1,500 men, women, and children perished -- the greatest maritime disaster in history. There were only a small number of lifeboats for half the passengers, as the ship was deemed unsinkable. In this 50-minute CBS documentary hosted by veteran journalist Walter Cronkite, the history of the Titanic is discussed and a special photography unit travels down to the unsalvageable ship sitting on the ocean floor to look at the majestic tomb, using cameras that can film in near-dark conditions.
disaster, shipwreck, sunken