It’s important to point out that there were iceberg warnings throughout the entire fated voyage of the Titanic. It’s been reported there were a total of six warnings relayed to the crew, but the captain refused to take them seriously. This was due to the fact he wanted to make the maiden voyage shorter than expected and kept ordering more speed.
Due to the sheer size and weight of the Titanic, the ship broke in two pieces around 2:20 am on April 15, 1912. This moment sent the remaining passengers clinging to the vessel plunging into the freezing ocean. According to weather experts, the ocean would have been around -2 degrees Celsius and most of the passengers would have died within fifteen minutes of being in the water. Some would also have experienced cold shock, with death being a certainty in less than two minutes.
Despite 1,500 people going into the sea after the sinking, only 306 bodies were pulled from the sea. The dead were transported to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where their belongings were collected and the process of identification began. The Maritime Museum has a dedicated section to items pulled from the sea, with a deckchair and mortuary bags being a few items on display. There are also the shoes of an unknown victim that had been pulled from the freezing .
It would be 1985 when the wreck of the Titanic was finally discovered 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. It’s roughly 12,500 feet below the surface. At one point, marine dive specialists for Deep Ocean Expeditions offered trips to the wreck via a Mir submersible that was charted from Russia. The trip cost $59,000 per person, but they were discontinued in 2012. Sounds like the adventure of a lifetime.
A priest named Father Thomas Byles that was onboard the Titanic refused to take refuge in a lifeboat not once, but twice. He apparently chose to stay behind so he could hear confessions of those on board and provide absolution. This priest was featured in a key emotional scene in James Cameron’s film Titanic in 1997.
The single Japanese passenger onboard the RMS Titanic was Masabumi Hosono, a Japanese civil servant. He managed to survive the sinking, but later was fired from his job and labeled as a coward. The Japanese public believed he shouldn’t have saved himself, but instead should have gone down with the ship.
Although the Titanic was equipped to carry 64 lifeboats, only 20 were ever positioned on the deck. This was barely enough for a third of the passengers on board. The reason why there were so few lifeboats on deck was a design choice. The designer didn’t want the deck to seem cluttered, therefore they only used a few for looks rather than function.
After the Titanic struck the iceberg, the officials waited over an hour before launching the first lifeboat. There was much confusion after the crash and many of the people in charge believed the bulkhead doors would prevent the ship from sinking, unaware that the function only worked under certain limits.
The treatment of third-class passengers was quite horrible on the Titanic. Not only were they confined below deck, but all 700 of the third-class passengers had to share two bathtubs. While the Titanic was sinking, the gates to the upper decks were locked, trapping the third-class passengers below deck.
All of the engineers working on the Titanic went down with the ship. This was due to their loyalty to their jobs. They all stayed behind to keep the power running as long as possible so other passengers had a chance to escape. In fact, the power on the ship stayed on until its
The Titanic was considered to be one of the most luxurious ocean liners in the world, so it makes sense that newlyweds would select it for their honeymoon. There were a total of 13 couples enjoying their honeymoon on the Titanic when it sank. Unfortunately, records can’t confirm if they all survived. Since men were not allowed on the lifeboats, it’s possible the joy of being newlyweds was shortlived.
Researchers throughout the years have weighed in the possibilities of raising the Titanic wreckage for further study, but the idea works better in theory than in reality. One movie in the 1980’s titled Raise the Titanic proposed the theory of filling the wreckage with ping-pong balls and letting it float to the surface. Of course, this was before they realized the wreck had actually split in two.
Isidor Straus, co-owner of Macy’s department store and his wife Ida were both first-class passengers on the Titanic. When his wife was loaded onto a lifeboat, he refused to take a seat next to her, believing the women and children should take priority. At this point, Ida got off the lifeboat, refusing to leave her husband behind. The couple was last seen holding onto one another at the far end of the ship, waiting for the end.
James Cameron depicted this couple in his 1997 film in a scene where an elderly couple held on to one another on a bed while the water quickly rushed in.
The closest ship to the Titanic at the time of its sinking was the SS Californian at less than 20 miles away. The Titanic sent out multiple distress signals to the ship, but the wireless operator had already gone to bed. Over 58 miles away was the SS Carpathia, who jumped into action and headed for the Titanic at full speed. Unfortunately, it still took them over four hours to get there.
There was one passenger on board the Titanic that had survived a fire and sinking of a ship in 1871. He had boarded the Titanic in an effort to face his fears and overcome the trauma of his past. Sadly, when the ship sank he perished with it. Talk about your bad luck!
For those researchers looking to explore and document the Titanic wreckage, they are running out of time. It’s been discovered that a rust-eating bacteria known as Halomonas titanicae will consume what’s left of the wreck in less than 20 years. Soon, there will be nothing left of this once magnificent ship.
One of the passengers on the Titanic, Governess Elizabeth Shutes, was very troubled by the smell of the air the night the Titanic sank. She was witnessed telling other passengers that it reminded her of the air inside an ice cave she once visited. Thankfully, she managed to make it onto a lifeboat and survive. It seems she was saved by her nose!
Passenger William Edward Minahan was a doctor from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin who visited a fortune teller prior to the Titanic’s departure. She predicted that he would die aboard the ship via a horrible tragedy. Sadly, Minahan did not take her warning seriously and perished when the Titanic sank.
Researchers and oceanographers became obsessed with the iceberg that sank the Titanic, wondering where it could have possibly come from. They were able to trace its route based on the currents and determined that it was a piece of ice that had broken off of Greenland.
A recent scientific theory has been proposed that the moon was extremely close to the on January 4, 1912. This would have created extra strong tides in that area of the Atlantic, which could have sent a large array of icebergs south. The currents would have placed the icebergs directly in the Titanic’s path. Scary, right?
Witness accounts around the time of the sinking mentioned the ocean was particular calm that night, with very little motion on the surface. This would have made it almost next to impossible for the lookouts to see the iceberg. Why? Well, without waves lapping at the base of the iceberg there would be nothing to indicate that something was out there.
According to experts, the Titanic would have stayed afloat if only four of the watertight compartments had been breached. Unfortunately, the engineers of the Titanic did not account for the fact that the compartments would spill over into the next when flooded. Six of the compartments ended up filling after the iceberg hit, sealing the fate of the ship.
The crew of the Titanic failed to fire the proper distress signals after the fateful iceberg crash. According to the British inquiry, random rockets were fired in a pattern that did not signal “distress.” The pattern from the rockets was signaling that the Titanic was having a “navigation problem.” It’s possible if the proper signals had been fired, more of the passengers would have been saved.
Perfume salesman Adolphe Saalfeld had brought a case of rare perfume samples on board the Titanic that he lost during the sinking. Thankfully, he survived the tragedy and, when the wreck was discovered years later, his perfume bottles were found—even better, they were still intact with the scents still inside. They would go on to be exhibited to the public. How cool is that?
Both Lady Duff Gordon and her husband survived the Titanic sinking. They were two of the biggest fashion designers of the time. However, they were later accused of bribing the crew to abandon ship with only 12 people in her lifeboat. After a lengthy investigation, they were both cleared of any wrongdoing. It’s important to point out that many first-class passengers (particularly men) tried to get off the ship through
The third-class passengers on the Titanic really had the short end of the stick and only 25% of them managed to survive. Not willing to take her chances with the crew, passenger Rhoda Abbott and her two sons jumped from the deck into the icy waters. Sadly, her two sons drowned, but Abbott managed to survive. She was the only female Titanic survivor to be pulled alive from the water when the lifeboat returned.
An Italian immigrant who had taken his chances in the water swam over to one of the last lowered lifeboats. According to a passenger, Alice Johnson, he was dragged onto the lifeboat when he mentioned he had a bottle of whiskey. We’re guessing most of the survivors on that boat were having a good time when help finally arrived.
First-class passengers were allowed to bring their dogs on the ship and, according to records, there were a total of 12 on board when the Titanic sank. Sadly, only three of the dogs survived the sinking—two Pomeranians and a Pekingese. Most of the dogs had been abandoned in the first-class kennel and drowned.
After the sinking, the United States Senate launched an inquiry into the disaster. After it concluded, it was recommended that the statues be changed to require all passenger ships to carry enough lifeboats to accommodate every passenger on board. This also included all members of the crew. It’s crazy that this had not even been thought of before then.
An exact replica of the RMS Titanic known as the Titanic II was proposed by millionaire Clive Palmer and was supposed to start construction in 2012. The ship would have been an exact replica of the original ship from the decks to the interior, except it would have included enough lifeboats and an updated navigation and propulsion system. Originally set to launch in 2016, it was delayed until 2018 before being abandoned. The plan was for the maiden voyage to follow the exact route of the original Titanic, with a memorial planned at the site of its sinking.
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