On April 10 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage. Newly built, it was the largest ship afloat at the time. People from a variety of backgrounds boarded the ship, all making their way to the United States. Most were destined to become immigrants in search of a new life. This post shows the RMS Titanic passenger list by class, and how many survived or perished.
The story of the Titanic is well known, perhaps due to the hubris of it all. Dubbed the “unsinkable ship” it did not even complete its maiden voyage before striking an iceberg in the mid-Atlantic and sinking to the bottom of the ocean.
RMS Titanic Passenger List by Class
Of the 1,300 passengers, 812 died leaving a survival rate of just 37%. The passenger list of the Titanic included 319 in First Class, 272 in Second Class and 709 in Third Class.
The wealthiest passengers in First Class had the best survival rate at 62%. This doesn’t necessarily mean that people in First Class didn’t die. Notably, one of the wealthiest men in the world (John Jacob Aster IV) perished in the sinking.
The breakdown of the passengers by women, children and men were are follows: 412 women, 112 children and 776 men.
Of the 918 staff and crew members, only 215 survived. At 25%, their survival rate was by far the worst.
With over 1,500 total dead, it is still one of the deadliest peacetime commercial maritime disasters in modern history.
Interestingly enough, the disaster could have been a lot worse. There were only 1,300 passengers on board, when the ships maximum capacity was 2,453. For a maiden voyage having that many unsold tickets was very rare. The reasons behind this was due to an ongoing national coal strike in the UK that led to chaos in shipping schedules. Many chose to delay their crossing because of it.
The lifeboats on the Titanic also get a lot of attention. This is likely because they only had enough capacity in the lifeboats for half the total people onboard. However, it’s worth noting that at the time the Titanic was in full compliance with maritime safely regulation of the day.
When news of the sinking spread, the world was stunned. Though a tragedy, the public reaction led to significant improvements in maritime safety regulations.