When we hear the word “Titanic,” the first thing that comes to mind is the movie starring a young and handsome Leonardo DiCaprio and the beautiful Kate Winslet. The terrifying and depressing events in this iconic movie made us wish that it was only a film. But sadly, the cold deaths of hundreds of passengers and workers truly happened in real life.
The common knowledge about this dark moment in history is that the unsinkable ship took a devastating hit from an iceberg. But we’re here to tell you 20 facts that may have gone unnoticed or were probably unheard of.
1. The ship carried only 20 lifeboats when it could have taken with it 64. This only showed how they truly believed that the Titanic could not be sunk.
2. A passenger named Chief Baker Charles Joughlin reportedly swam the cold waters for two hours before he was rescued. His survival was possible because of he drank a lot of whiskey.
3. It took over two hours and forty minutes for the ship to sink. Can you imagine waiting that long before you perish?
4. There were 13 newlyweds who rode the ship. What was supposed to be a dream-like honeymoon turned into a nightmare.
5. Author Morgan Robertson once wrote a book about an unsinkable ship hitting an iceberg leading to disastrous events. There were not enough lifeboats in the ship to save the thousands on board. His book was written 14 years before the Titanic was built.
6. The musicians who played while the ship sank in the movie was based in real life. The ship’s band decided to do this selfless act to boost the morale of the people who were in the ship.
7. What could have been a life-changing lifeboat drill scheduled on that day was cancelled by the captain for unidentified reasons.
8. According to the source, the 15 compartments of the ship were “individually watertight.” The flawed design of the ship meant water filled one compartment and then the next – adding extra weight which pulled the ship down even more.
9. A tragic love story sank with the ship. Macy’s co-owner Isador Strauss refused to get on a lifeboat with his wife Ida, because every woman and child had to be boarded first. Ida chose to stay with her husband for 41 years and they died together.
10. The Titanic was huge! It was 882 feet and nine inches long that could have fit two and a half football fields.
11. Famous amenities included a Parisian cafe, gardens, libraries, and a heated swimming pool.
12. In 20 years, rust-eating bacteria called Halomonas titanicae would have eaten the ship, leaving no traces for the future generation.
13. There was a passenger on the ship that survived near-death experiences like a fire and another sinking ship. Sadly, he couldn’t catch a break and died on the last ship.
14. It took an hour before lifeboats were released after the iceberg was hit. The response time can be caused by the fact that everyone believed that the Titanic was unsinkable.
15. The water temperature that night was 28 degrees which was literally freezing. People could have survived if the environment wasn’t as harsh as it was.
16. People only found the ship’s remains in 1985 which meant that it laid on the seabed undiscovered for 73 years.
17. When the incident was first reported, newspapers said that no lives were lost. It took two days to report the complete opposite but we all have to be reminded that information sharing wasn’t really fast that time.
18. Division of class was very apparent in the ship’s amenities. First class passengers enjoyed a beautiful Turkish bath while passengers third-class shared two bathtubs. There were 700 passengers in the lower class that day.
19. John Jacob Astor IV was the richest passenger of Titanic. He was worth $85 million then (close to around $2 billion now) and he died in the ship.
20. Only 306 bodies were recovered as compared to the thousands of lives reported lost during that terrible day.
Upon learning these facts, how has your view of the Titanic event changed? Do you think that the creator and the owner of the ship was too cocky? Could this tragic moment in history been prevented? Share your thoughts, reactions, and opinions in the comments section below!