No other vessel managed to capture the world’s attention until Titanic. Build to perfection and perfect engineering. The ship was truly believed to be unsinkable, well, until it sunk on April 14, 1912.
Now, when we hear the word ‘Titanic’, the first thing that will come to our minds is the tragic love story of Rose and Jack or how the ship sunk during a devastating hit on an iceberg. But there’s more to the famous ship that we all know.
We’re here to tell you 20 facts that may have gone unnoticed or were probably unheard of.
1. Since they truly believed that the Titanic was unsinkable, the ship only carried 20 lifeboats when it could have taken 44 more with it. The 20 lifeboats could only carry 1,178 people, making it impossible to evacuate all the people on board.
2. Due to the adrenaline brought by drinking too much whiskey, the passenger named Chief Baker Charles Joughlin managed to survive the cold water for an exceptionally long time before he was rescued.
3. The passengers of the ship waited for over two hours and forty minutes for the Titanic to completely sink.
4. 13 couples who are newlywed didn’t have the chance to enjoy their married life after the Titanic sunk.
5. There was once a book written by the author Morgan Robertson foreshadowing an unsinkable ship hitting an iceberg that led to tragic events. “There were not enough lifeboats in the ship to save the thousands on board”, the shocking part? The book was written 14 years before the Titanic was even built.
6. The musicians that were all playing while the ship is sinking in the movie was actually based in real life. Instead of panicking for their lives, the ship’s band decided to do this selfless act to strengthen the spirit of the people on board.
7. The panic and the stampede could be avoided if the captain didn’t cancel the what could have been a life-saving lifeboat drill that was all scheduled on the same day.
8. It was soon found out that the 15 compartments of the ship were “individually watertight”, making the water-filled one compartment and then the next- adding extra weight and pressure, thus pulling the ship down even more.
9. Even though the co-owner of Macy, Isador Strauss was offered a seat in one of the lifeboats, he firmly refused it, letting every woman and child to be boarded first. Ida then chose to stay with the love of her life and when the sink sank at 2:20 am, they both died arm in arm. Isador and his wife, Ida’s tragic love story, is the perfect example of a “remarkable exhibition of love and devotion”, as the witnesses would say.
10. Saying that the Titanic is big is an understatement because the ship was huge. It was 882 feet and nine inches long that could probably fit two and a half football fields.
11. The ship was complete with famous amenities such as a Parisian cade, gardens, libraries, and a heated swimming pool.
12. A bacteria called Halomonas titanicae would have eaten the ship in 20 years, leaving no other trace of the famous ship for the future generation.
13. As if a fire and another sinking ship weren’t enough, a passenger who survived a few near-death experiences soon met his fate and died on the last ship.
14. The lifeboats were released an hour after the iceberg is hit. The lack of immediate action could be caused by the fact that they didn’t take the damage seriously, as all believed that the Titanic was unsinkable.
15. The water temperature when the ship sunk was 28 degrees which were freezing. In fact, the cause of death of most of the passengers wasn’t even drowning, it was because of hypothermia. The water temperature in the night the Titanic sunk can lead death in as few as 15 minutes.
16. It took 73 years for the people to discover the ship’s remains when it was found on the seabed undiscovered in 1985.
17. The newspapers said that there were no lives lost when the incident was first reported. Because the information sharing wasn’t really that fast that time, it took to days to report the complete opposite.
18. The class division was very apparent in the ship’s amenities. The rich first-class passengers were all treated like royalty, they were given a beautiful Turkish bath to enjoy while the third-class passengers shared two bathtubs. A total of 700 passengers were in the lower class that day.
19. A man named John Jacob Astor IV was the richest passenger of Titanic. He was worth a whopping $85 million then (that’s close to around $2 billion now) but soon died in the ship.
20. Out of all the thousands of lives that were reported lost during that dreadful day, only 306 were recovered and found.
It is better to know these facts because it is part of our history. Even though it may be creepy, it is better to be informed. May the other souls rest in peace in that tragedy, and the family is well moved on.