September 2, 2013

11 Interesting Titanic Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The Doomed Ship

Thanks to the movie which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, everybody these days seems to know about the Titanic. Or do they? Besides being the largest ship during its time and famously sinking in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg, what else do you know about the doomed ship? Probably not much. As it occurs, the RMS Titanic (as it was called back then) is a treasure trove of interesting historical information. That said, we're giving you the following 11 interesting facts that you probably didn't know about the Titanic.

1. The Titanic had its own in-ship newspaper. Called the Atlantic Daily Bulletin, the newspaper was printed and published on the ship on a daily basis. The newspaper contained everything from news items to opinion columns. It even included horse-racing and other sports results, business advertisements, current stock prices and gossip stories. And of course, there was a section where the day's menu was listed. This is yet another proof that the Titanic did have everything on board.

2. The lookouts who were on duty the night the ship struck an iceberg didn't have binoculars. This was a huge mistake as the ship was traversing an area littered with icebergs. If the lookout crew that night had binoculars, the tragedy would have been prevented because they would've seen the iceberg from afar thus giving them time to steer the ship away from it. It's not that the ship didn't have binoculars. They had the gadgets but they were locked in the lookout's locker. The problem was that the lookouts Reginald Lee and Fredrick Fleet didn't have the key to said locker.

3. Passengers of the ship paid for tickets that were worth between $30 and $4,350. First class tickets were worth $4,350, second class tickets were $1,750 and third class tickets were $30. The huge discrepancies in the ticket prices were due to the fact that the ship had some of the wealthiest people in the world as well as some of the poorest. Among the passengers were the millionaires John Jacob Astor IV, Benjamin Guggenheim, and Isidor Strauss. Over half of the 2,224 passengers were third class ticket holders.

4. When the ship sunk, there were no reliable sources of updated information so most of the news pieces published by newspapers right after the tragedy were either misinformed or simply wrong. Examples of these headlines were as follows:
*All Passengers Safe. Titanic Being Towed to Halifax
*Passengers Safely Moved and Steamer Titanic Taken In Tow
*Titanic Reported to Have Struck Iceberg. No Lives Were Lost

As it turned out, the Titanic wasn't towed nor did all passengers survive. The ship sunk into the Atlantic Ocean in just under two hours after hitting the iceberg. The ship took with her about 1,500 passengers into the deep ocean.

5. The ship had twelve dogs as passengers. Only three of these dogs survived. This fact has always brought criticism to the way the evacuation process during the tragedy was handled. Reportedly, the three dog survivors were able to make it because they were given spots in lifeboats that should've been given to people. The three dogs were composed of two Pomeranians and a Pekingese. They were all owned by first-class passengers.

 6. It took two years and more than 15,000 men to build the ship. It was built on a construction yard located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. When it was finally launched on May 31, 1911, over twenty-two tons of tallow and soap had to be spread by the crew on the slipway so that the ship can easily slip into the River Lagan. It would take another year for the ship to be completed.

7. Many passengers and crew didn't know how to use the lifeboats. If they did, more people would have been saved. They were confused on how the lifeboats were supposed to work. This was why so many of the life-saving boats were launched with very few people on board. For example, a boat that should've carried 65 people was launched with just 28 people. They could've saved 37 more people if they filled the boat to its capacity. Making matters worse was the fact that the Titanic didn't have enough lifeboats for the more than 2,000 people aboard the ship.

8. Although the Titanic looked like it had four funnels, the fourth funnel was actually a fake one. In essence, it was put there just for show. the designers of the ship decided to add the fake funnel because they thought the ship will look much more impressive with four funnels instead of just three. It's the job of these funnels to release and get rid of the steam accumulated in the ship's boilers.

9. More people would've survived the tragedy if two ships nearby came for rescue. All survivors of the shipwreck were rescued by the Carpathia. However, there were other two ships nearby that didn't heed the Titanic's SOS flares. There was the SS Californian who saw the SOS flares but the captain of the ship merely ignored the flares. And then there was the Samson, a schooner registered in Norway. Reportedly, the Samson was just about seven miles away from the Titanic. So how come they didn't respond to distress calls? According to theorists, this is because of the simple fact that the Samson was engaged in illegal seal hunting. If they approached the Titanic, their illegal activities would've been uncovered.

10. The Titanic received six iceberg warnings prior to the accident. All these warnings were sent in the same day. This again puts more teeth to the theory that an iceberg didn't sink the Titanic, it was the incompetent crew that did it. If they heeded these warnings, if they slowed down instead of sailing at full speed, if the lookouts had binoculars, the ship would've have completed its maiden voyage safely and successfully.

11. When the ship was launched, the tradition of breaking a bottle of champagne on the bow of the ship wasn't performed. Many people believe this break-in-tradition had brought bad luck to the Titanic.

So there goes the eleven interesting facts you probably didn't know about the ship RMS Titanic.

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