The Statue of Liberty is a neoclassical structure that was presented to the United States of America as a gift from the people of France. First opened to the general public in 1886, the statue has become a symbol of hope, peace and freedom, as it the first structure immigrants would have seen when they arrived in New York City.
It would also have most likely have been a symbol of hope and opportunity for RMS Titanic travellers who planned on building a new life in America. However, many people onboard the ship would tragically never make it to their destination, as RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg on 14th April 1912 and sunk within a few hours.
1,517 people died on the ship, whilst 705 people survived and were rescued by RMS Carpathia who brought the survivors to Pier 54 in New York on 18th April 1912. The Statue of Liberty monument would have therefore been the first structure the survivors seen when they arrived in the United States of America.
The Statue of Liberty still looks over New York’s harbour today, and continues to act as a symbol of liberty, peace and freedom.