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Survivors of the Titanic | Survivors from the famous shipwreck tell their stories

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At 11.40pm on 14 April, 1912, the famously 'unsinkable' ocean liner, Titanic, struck an iceberg. Two hours and 40 minutes later she sank deep into the freezing Atlantic waters. Less than a third of the people on board survived.

Over the years, the BBC has heard from some of the men and women who lived through that 'night to remember'. Their memories, and internal BBC documents about the controversies that followed, are now gathered together to tell the true story of the disaster.

Hear the survivors describe a night they could never forget.

Survivors of the Titanic Collection

Senior officers of the Titanic.

I Was There

Commander CH Lightoller

BROADCAST 1936
23 MINUTES

The most senior surviving officer describes how the Titanic sank.

Icebergs in the Atlantic.

Children's Hour

Film News

BROADCAST 1958
8 MINUTES

Hitting the iceberg felt 'like a train being pulled up in the station'.

A close-up shot of iceberg.

Commander Joseph Boxhall

BROADCAST 1962
19 MINUTES

An eyewitness account from the bridge of the Titanic.

Titanic survivors in a lifeboat.

Today from the South & West

Sinking of RMS Titanic

BROADCAST 1966
4 MINUTES

Major FW Prentis describes his escape from the Titanic.

The first-class staircase on the Titanic.

Line Up

Edith Russell

BROADCAST 1970
21 MINUTES

The 90-year-old survivor vividly describes her experiences on the Titanic.

The handrail of a ship, and the sea below.

Today

Edwina MacKenzie

BROADCAST 1975
3 MINUTES

Edwina MacKenzie shares her experience of the night the majestic Titanic sank.

Close-up of the Titanic.

Up Country

BROADCAST 1976
4 MINUTES

An interview with a shipbuilder whose job was to make the Titanic watertight.

The Deck Cafe on the Titanic.

Today

Eva Hart, Titanic Survivor

BROADCAST 1983
7 MINUTES

An interview with Eva Hart, one of the last survivors of the Titanic.

The Titanic leaving harbour with tugs

Great Liners

Hazard at Sea

BROADCAST 1984
14 MINUTES

Interviews with crew and passengers who survived the sinking of the Titanic.

The Titanic sets sail.

Today

Pictures from the Titanic

BROADCAST 1986
4 MINUTES

A prototype underwater camera explores the wreck of the Titanic.

Underwater rocks and fish.

Today

Video Pictures from RMS Titanic

BROADCAST 1986
4 MINUTES

Dr Robert Ballard describes videos from the site of the Titanic wreck.

Eva Hart, aged seven.

The Way It Was

Eva Hart

BROADCAST 1987
26 MINUTES

Eva Hart shares her memories as a survivor of the 'unsinkable' Titanic.

Actor Telly Savalas, narrator of the US TV programme about the Titanic.

Today

Return to the Titanic

BROADCAST 1987
3 MINUTES

Telly Savalas hosts a US TV special about the Titanic.

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