A lifeboat drill was scheduled to take place on board the ship the very day the Titanic hit the iceberg, but was canceled by the captain.
Most of us have seen the movie Titanic, the second grossing film of all time. It gave us a glimpse of what it might have been like to be on that voyage, but it was a romance and there was a lot that the movie didn’t cover. The tragedy still fascinates us even a hundred years later.
Remember that scene in the movie where the musicians continued to play while the ship was sinking? That was true, they actually continued to play for hours. Unfortunately, none of them survived.
Milton Hershey of Hershey’s chocolate had tickets to be on the Titanic but he canceled his reservation.
A Japanese survivor was regarded as a coward when he returned to Japan for not dying with the rest of the passengers.
Only 3 of the 4 iconic smokestacks worked, the 4th was to make the ship look more impressive.
The British newspaper London Daily Mail reported “Titanic Sunk, No Lives Lost” in their initial April 16, 1912 story. Other newspapers reported the same, like this one below.
The New York Times devoted 75 pages to coverage of the Titanic in the first week after the diseaster.
A ship named Californian was close by when the Titanic sent out distress signals, but the ship’s wireless operator had already gone to bed.
The crew woke the captain to tell him about the mysterious lights (flares) they saw in the sky, but he issued no orders. The ship Carpathia picked up all of the survivors. Some believe that if the Californian had responded, there would have been more survivors.
The chief baker of the Titanic survived the freezing cold water temperatures because he drank so much alcohol it kept his organs fortified for 2 hours until he was rescued.
The R.M.S. Titanic is the only ocean liner ever sunk by an iceberg.
Most of the ship’s life boats weren’t filled to capacity. There were enough life boats for everyone to survive if they had been filled properly.
The Titanic crash could have been avoided if they had gotten word about the iceberg 30 seconds before the captain did.
Only 336 bodies of the Titanic were recovered. 1514 people died.
The iceberg that sank the Titanic began its journey somewhere around 1000 BC.
The cost of the most expensive First Class Parlor ticket to New York was $4,350. That’s about $69,600 today.
There were only two bathtubs available for more than 700 third-class passengers.
A goof in the movie Titanic.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Jack Dawson, claimed to have gone ice fishing on Lake Wissota near Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. That would have been impossible since the Lake Wissota (a man-made reservoir) didn’t even exist until 1917 and the Titanic sunk in 1912.
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