Since her discovery in 1985, thousands of artefacts have been recovered and put on display at museums around the world.

Cost considerations were relatively low on the agenda and Harland and Wolff was authorised to spend what it needed on the ships, plus a five percent profit margin.

Harland and Wolff put their leading designers to work designing the Olympic-class vessels.

Built in Belfast, Ireland, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (as it was then known), the RMS Titanic was the second of the three Olympic-class ocean liners—the first was the RMS Olympic and the third was the HMHS Britannic. Morgan, who controlled the White Star Line's parent corporation, the International Mercantile Marine Co. The White Star Line faced an increasing challenge from its main rivals Cunard, which had recently launched the Lusitania and the Mauretania—the fastest passenger ships then in service—and the German lines Hamburg America and Norddeutscher Lloyd.

The three ships had their genesis in a discussion in mid-1907 between the White Star Line's chairman, J. Ismay preferred to compete on size rather than speed and proposed to commission a new class of liners that would be larger than anything that had gone before as well as being the last word in comfort and luxury.

The disaster was met with worldwide shock and outrage at the huge loss of life and the regulatory and operational failures that had led to it.

Public inquiries in Britain and the United States led to major improvements in maritime safety.

Titanic only carried enough lifeboats for 1,178 people—slightly more than half of the number on board, and one third of her total capacity.

The ship carried a total of 16 lifeboat davits which could lower three lifeboats each, for a total of 48 boats.

The company sought an upgrade in their fleet primarily in response to the Cunard giants but also to replace their oldest pair of passenger ships still in service, being the SS Teutonic of 1889 and SS Majestic of 1890.

Teutonic was replaced by Olympic while Majestic was replaced by Titanic.

Titanic is the second largest ocean liner wreck in the world, only beaten by her sister HMHS Britannic, the largest ever sunk.