Encyclopedia Titanica is an online reference work containing extensive and constantly updated information on the RMS Titanic.1 The website, a nonprofit endeavor, is a database of passenger and crew biographies, deck plans, and articles submitted by historians or Titanic enthusiasts. In 1999, The New York Times noted that the site "may be the most comprehensive Titanic site", based on its content including passenger lists and ship plans.2 The Chicago Tribune called it "a marvelously detailed Internet site."3
Encyclopedia Titanica was founded by Philip Hind. The website first went on-line September 1996. By March 1999, the website had received 600,000 hits. It is currently the most renowned and comprehensive resource for information on the Titanic.
Encyclopedia Titanica contains a wide range of information about the ship, her passengers and a variety of related subjects. Each passenger and crew member has a separate page containing at least basis biographical data, and many of these contain detailed biographies, photographs and contemporary news articles. The site also contains original research by professional and amateur Titanic historians from all parts of the world.
Encyclopedia Titanica also contains an active message board with (as of November 2012) over 11,700 members and 300,000 messages. Among the topics of discussion on the message board are the following:
- "Encyclopedia Titanica". Sunday Life. June 25, 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-21. "Encyclopedia Titanica is a unique resource for anyone interested in the sinking of the Titanic. The site, launched in 1996, is an impressive work in progress, as its content is being constantly updated by information from enthusiasts and historians. It boasts more than 1,000 photographs and 750 Titanic-related documents. Quite apart from ..."
- Rick Archbold (April 8, 1999). "The Titanic's Mystique in Digital Packages". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-04-25. "Encyclopedia Titanica: This may be the most comprehensive Titanic site, with passenger lists, ship plans and video. ..."
- Lynn Voedisch (March 12, 1998). "Searching Out A Tragedy's Victims And Survivors". Daily Tribune. Retrieved 2013-04-25. "One place to research the lives of those who sailed on the Titanic is Encyclopedia Titanica (www.rmplc.co.uk/eduweb/sites/phind/), a marvelously detailed Internet site."