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The RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.

She was the pride of the Belfast shipyards
The very queen of the White Star line
But ice is king in the northern ocean
And the ice is seldom kind
Ice is king in the northern ocean
And the ice is seldom kind

Sailing out on an April morning
Southampton, Cherbourg and Queenstown
With the weather fair for a maiden voyage
Titanic was for New York bound


She’d crossed the ocean and turned 'The Corner’
Making for the Nantucket light
With little thought for the ice fields drifting
She steamed full speed into the night

Then through the darkness the ice came looming
The lookouts cried, but all too late
A sidelong blow that split her hull plates
Sent Titanic to her fate


Then Captain Smith said, Clear the lifeboats
Save the women and the children first
And when each man has done his duty
Let the cold sea do its worst

And the band played on as the boats were loaded
And the final hours went slipping past
While Bride and Philips at the wireless
Kept on sending right till the last


© Mark Ashworth