Interesting Facts About Titanic

The sinking of Titanic is one of the deadliest disasters that occure in sea.

The company that built the Titanic was White Star Line and was owned by J.P. Morgan.

The builders of Titanic claimed that nothing can sink it, but the Titanic sunk in its first ever ride.

The cost to build the Titanic was about $7.5 million.

3,000 men worked together to build the Titanic.

Three million rivets held its massive hull together.

The Titanic was never christened. It was not the practice of the White Star Line to hold such ceremonies.

Although there were 4 funnels (smoke stacks), only 3 were operational. The 4th funnel was for looks.

There were 6 ice warnings received by Titanic on the day of the collision. The wireless operator who was preoccupied with transmitting passenger messages ignored them all.

The iceberg that struck the Titanic was not a very big one. It didn’t even come up as high as the bridge of the ship.

The iceberg that the Titanic struck was unusual in such a way that it was not white like most others, but more of a clear look caused by continuous melting. The clear surface in effect reflected the dark night sky and water like a mirror, thereby making it a black object, almost impossible to see from a certain distance. The term for this kind of iceberg is "blackberg", and is similar to the black ice found on cold icy roads.

The Titanic was traveling 22.5 knots while cruising the iceberg-laden water. Just .5 knot from her maximum speed capability.

The gash that the iceberg cut into the hull of the Titanic was between 220 to 245 feet long. The total length of the ship was approximately 882 feet.

The collision occurred at 11:40 P.M. on Sunday, April 14, 1912.

The ship could have stayed aloft had only four compartments flooded… Five became flooded.

1,503 people total died, including passengers and crew.

Only 705 people survived.

Law required 962 lifeboat seats.

1,178 lifeboat seats were carried aboard.

2,208 lifeboat seats were needed.

One of the first lifeboats to leave the Titanic carried only 28 people; it could have held 64 people.

There were 472 lifeboat seats not used.

There were enough life jackets for all 2,208 people, and mostly everyone was wearing one.

300 dead bodies were pulled from the sea the next morning. They were found floating in their life jackets.

There were many dogs on the Titanic. Only two of the dogs survived.

Orders from the captain were that, children and women were to board the lifeboats first.

Charles Joughin was the only person to survive the cold water… He reportedly had been drinking heavily.

Only 1 child from the first class died while 49 children from steerage died.

Passengers rode the stationary bicycles in the Gymnasium to pass time before the ship sank!

The band played music up to the last few minutes before the ship went under. None survived.

One of the last songs the band reportedly played before their death was, "Songe d'Automne".

As the ship was sinking, the stern rose out of the water, and broke into two pieces between the third and fourth funnels.

The Titanic now lies 12,600 feet (over 2.33 miles) at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

The two pieces of the Titanic lay 1,970 feet apart from one another on the ocean floor.

Because the front section of the Titanic went down nose first, the bow is buried 60 feet below the ocean floor. The huge gash is also buried.

The Titanic was rediscovered on July 14th, 1986. 74 years after it sank.

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