The titanic sank after hitting the ice berg. This was a hard one until the hull was punctured. Water started flowing in and filled the first compartment, then the second, the third until it reached the forth compartment. The more water filled in, the more the cow become heavy and sinking slowly. The operators sent for help as others used the floaters to help them float. This went on until the whole bow went deep. You can read more about it on http://www.usnews.com/news/national/articles/2008/09/25/the-secret-of-how-the-titanic-sunk.
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You could watch the movie. It actually explains really well what happened. The Titanic was getting a lot of iceberg warnings, but they ignored them. They saw an iceberg directly in front of them, so they tried to turn to the side and avoid it. It was a big ship that turned very slowly, so they didn't make it. They hit the iceberg. The ship was made of compartments built in a way so that if three of the compartments filled with water, they boat would be able to stay afloat, but four of them filled with water. And the Titanic sank within a couple hours.
The Titanic sank because the ability to keep the water OUT was exceeded by the amount of water that wanted to get in. Put simply, there was no single reason why it sank. It hit an iceberg. The master ignored warnings about ice. The hull had a faulty design. The hull had poorly manufactured steel work. And the steering system was too inadequate for the control needed to maneuver the vessel.
It tore a long gash in its side, in collision with a rogue iceberg. Several watertight compartments were breached, and because the bulkheads did not go all the way up to the next deck, the compartments oveflowed and flooded the rest of the ship. The captain made a fatal error by steaming at high speed into foggy, iceberg infested waters. Lookouts saw the berg at 1/2 a mile, but by then it was too late to maneuver out of the way of the ice. The cruise ship Costa Concordia did strikingly similar damage, by tearing a long hole in its hull on a rocky underwater outcropping.