Before its launch on April 12, 1912, no one knew the Titanic's inaugural voyage would become one of the biggest disasters of the 20th century.
The night of April 14, the ship struck an iceberg about 600 kilometres south of Newfoundland. Over the next three hours, the ship filled with water and sank. Without enough lifeboats to accommodate all the passengers, around 1,500 people died, while 710 made it back to land.
One hundred years after the Titanic's fateful journey, cruise ships continue to be the scene of disaster and tragedy. In 2012, there has already been a wave of stricken cruise liners. Follow the gallery to see some of this year's worst nautical disasters.
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