200,000 Titanic records published online

April 9th, 2012 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS  

London, April 9 (IANS) More than 200,000 records relating to the Titanic have been published online coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking, BBC reported Monday.

The documents provide information about survivors and the 1,500 people who died, including a number of wills and hundreds of coroner inquest files.

The collection has been gathered by the subscription-based family history website Ancestry.co.uk.

However, access to the records is free till May 31.

The Titanic, built in Belfast, sank in the Atlantic ocean after hitting an iceberg during its maiden voyage to New York, April 15, 1912.

The records include the ship’s official passenger list with names, ages and occupations of those on board the ill-fated liner.

It also gives details about the nationalities, positions and addresses of the ship’s crew of more than 900 members.

The last will and testament of Titanic’s captain, Edward J. Smith, is among the documents.

People can also search through more than 300 coroner inquest files and records of the 330 bodies that were recovered at sea.

Images of the grave headstones of 121 passengers have also been published.

The website also has a passenger list from the Carpathia, the vessel which rescued more than 700 people from the Titanic.

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