How long did it take the Titanic to sink after it hit the iceberg?

Inquiring minds


Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are a couple of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.


Editor’s note: With our regular library liaison away on a summer vacation, we’re reprinting some classic “Inquiring Minds” columns. The questions and answers below originally ran in June 2004.

Q. How long did it take the Titanic to sink after it hit the iceberg?


A.  It was sad when that great ship went down, but it was also fascinating. Almost a century after the fateful night in 1912, people are still interested in the details. The Titanic hit the iceberg around 11:40 on the night of April 14. By 2:20 a.m., or just about two and a half hours later, she sank beneath the waves and into enduring legend. 

(“World Book Encyclopedia” and internet resources.)


Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 651-724-6001 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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