Before the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic, at 11.40pm on the night of 14 April 1912, and subsequently sunk less than three hours later, no-one could have imagined an accident of that enormity.
The tragic event was viewed, in the Victorian age, with the same worldwide horror as the World Trade Centre disaster on 9 September 2001, is today.
1517 people lost their lives when the ship went down, and for almost a century, stories have been passed down, retelling the events of that fateful night.
But one author says you shouln't believe everything you have been told about the RMS Titanic, and his new book '101 Things You Thought You Knew About The Titanic... But Didn't' aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding the 'unsinkable' ship's tragic end.
BBC's Danny Pike talks to Tim Maltin about his new book.