35 Interesting Facts about Titanic

R.M.S. Titanic was called- “the ship of dreams”. In fact, the most famed ship that ever cruised & taken to an end by an iceberg. Most of our particulars about this giant ship originate from the movie “Titanic” featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. But there are a bunch of enticing realities which stay unwound in the movie about what actually happened on that dooms night when it sank to the sea’s base. The excursion of the ship may have finished long back, yet her adventure won’t end. Here are some interesting facts about Titanic.


1. 1909-History in the making

titanic under constructionTitanic, the white star liner was manufactured somewhere around 1909 and 1911. It was 882 feet (269 meters) long and 175 feet (53 meters) in tallness. Around 15,000 men worked amid its construction in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Its motors were fueled by pressurized steam from blazing coal.
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2. In the lap of luxury

Titanic- A La Carte restaurant
Titanic- A La Carte restaurant

The high profile voyagers on Titanic were given a King/Queen style grand facilities. The giant ship housed an on board swimming pool, a gym, a squash court, and a Turkish shower and libraries. It was supplied with 20,000 containers of beer and stout, 1,500 bottles of wine and 8,000 stogies. The last supper served in the first-class saloon comprised of 11 courses.
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3. The Enticing interiors

First Class Smoking Room
First Class Smoking Room

Inviting Interiors of Titanic was laid out in style like that of the contemporary high-class inn. Mixed bags of enlivening styles running from the Renaissance to Victorian were utilized to enhance the beauty. The breath taking Grand Staircase highlighted oak paneling, bronze cherubs and paintings.
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4. Pretty damned quick

Titanic speedTitanic was one of the fastest ships (of its time) that ever sailed cruising at the speed of 21 knots (i.e. 24 miles per hour) and a top speed of 24 knots.
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5. Star crossed voyage


TitanicTitanic set sail to New York City from Southampton, UK, on 10th April 1912. The ship called at two destinations of France & Ireland before heading to New York where the ship met its devastating fate hitting an iceberg at 11:40 P.M. On April 15, 1912 by 2:20 A.M it sank beneath the North Atlantic waves.
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6. Titanic songbook

What’s better to keep you in a good mood then music. Titanic had first class arrangements for this too. Elite travelers were given copies of “The White Star Music Book” containing 352 melodies so they could make demands. The musicians expected to recall each one of the titles and play on request.
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7. Sorry gentleman, women & children first

As the mayhem wreck on the ship, a general convention “The Women & Children first” was followed for stacking the life boats while most of the male’s majority & crew team were left aboard.
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8. Cutting back on safety measures

Titanic life boats
Titanic life boats

The ship of its era didn’t have enough lifeboats to save everyone on board as it was considered to be an unsinkable ship. Besides this, lifeboats were not filled to capacity due to the inadequate training of the crew to carry out the safe evacuation. There were only 20 lifeboats with the capacity of 65 each for approximately 3327 people on board (Passengers: 2,435, crew: 892).
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9. No lifeboat drills

Titanic sinkingThe Titanic held no traveler lifeboat drills. Many believe if the drill had occurred, more lives could have been spared.
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10. Last melody

Titanic orchetra
Titanic orchetra

Remember the Band of musicians in the movie Titanic who kept playing for hours to help ease down the passengers during the mishap. Yes! it actually happened. But the swan song is still in debate. The last number played by Titanic orchestra was certainly the waltz “Songed Automne,” not “Nearer My God to Thee,” but that’s a debate for later.
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11. Extravagant expenditure

The Grand Staircase Titanic
The Grand Staircase- Titanic

The Cost of building Titanic (in 1912) was a lump sum $7.5 million and if the same has to be made today, it will cost more than $400 million. Quite fancy, isn’t it?
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12. Titanic’s own daily bulletin


The Titanic appeared to have everything on the ship, including its own daily news bulletin “the Atlantic Daily Bulletin” for passengers with the most recent news got by the ship’s wireless administrators. The daily paper featured the latest news, commercials, stock costs, society tattle, and the day’s menu.
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13. The lucky ones

Goodwin family
Goodwin family

The maximum no. of persons Titanic could accommodate was 3547, out of which only 2224 were on board (passengers+ crew). 710 is the number of few lucky ones who escaped death.
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14. Animals who survived the catastrophe

There were various animals on board Titanic in her first disastrous voyage. These included dogs, cats, chickens and an obscure number of rats. Three of the dogs were brought aboard on their laps by their owners and survived, rest all perished in the calamity.
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15. The official cat

ships catThe ship had her own official cat named Jenny, who was kept on board as a mascot from her sister ship Olympic and also helped to keep a check on ship’s population of rats and mice.
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16. “Misfortune” as it happened

The misfortune started knocking on the doors of Titanic since its launch. The launch was deferred by six weeks because of the fact that her sister ship Olympic required repairs in the same dock. That postpone, put seasonal icebergs right in Titanic’s way.
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17. Infamous iceberg

Titanic iceberg
Iceberg that hit Titanic

Titanic is the only sea liner in history to be ever sunk by an iceberg. The iceberg was about 50-100 feet tall and started its journey somewhere around 1000 BC.
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18. A royal mail ship

mailTitanic was given the label of Royal Mail Ship as it carried the mail under the agreement with Royal mail and also for the United States Post Office Department. The Sea Post Office toiled thirteen hours a day & seven days a week sorting up to 60,000 things every day.
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19. The long Queue for a Bath

Sharing a bath tub was a common practice back in those days. Third class passengers had to share two baths, one for men and one for women, between 700 people. That’s right! 700 people. That’s an awfully long wait for a scrub in the tub.
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20. The mystery of binoculars

binocularsThe absence of binoculars with Titanic lookouts to see icebergs and avoid collisions timely proved lethal to the fate of the ship.The missing key to storage locker where binoculars were kept is believed to be the reason behind this.
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21. Matter of a few seconds

Titanic hit by an icebergTitanic could have been spared if 30 seconds were not lost in giving orders to change the course of the ship after spotting the iceberg.
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22. Forewarning

Titanic received a series of notices about the floating ice in the region of Grand Banks of Newfoundland. However, the ship kept on steaming at full speed keeping the timelines as a priority.
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23. Head on collision

Yes, we all know that Titanic didn’t have a head on collision with the iceberg but it is assumed that if the ship had hit the berg head on, Titanic would have survived as a result of the strength of its bulkheads.
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24. Mayday

titanic distress flares
Titanic, distress flares

Distress signs were sent by radio, rockets and light, yet none of the ships was close enough to reach Titanic before it sank. A nearby ship, the SS Californian, was the last to have been in contact before the crash, but failed to help.
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25. The painful finale

titanic sinkingIt took only 2 hours and 40 minutes for the marvelous journey of Titanic to come to a painful end.
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26. The first to arrive at the scene

Around 4 A.M., R.M.S Carpathia reached the scene in response to Titanic’s prior distress calls. Those who survived the debacle were carried via Carpathia to New York. It took Carpathia three days to reach New York after leaving the catastrophe’s scene in the wake of hustles imposed by sea.
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27. Pomp & Show Funnel

Part of Funnel for Titanic
Part of Funnel for Titanic

The fourth funnel of Titanic was added to make the ship look more striking & influential. Only 3 of the 4 smokestacks worked in reality, the fourth one was just for the pomp & show purpose.
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28. The Long Wait

Titanic wreck
Titanic wreck

It took 73 years to discover the wreck of Titanic as it lies over 12,000 feet (3,700 m) beneath the surface, in a place where the water force is over 6,500 pounds per square inch.
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29. The first movie on “R.M.S. Titanic”

Saved From the titanic poster
Saved From the titanic poster

The first hit movie “Saved from Titanic” was released 29 days after Titanic was submerged. Dorothy Gibson was among the few fortunate survivors who survived to tell the anecdote. Gibson was wearing the same clothes as she wore on the day of calamity on the ship in the movie.
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30. The Post-obit Bill

After the sad tragedy, the Post-obit bill of 5 shillings and 4 pennies was received by the families of band members from the C.W. and F.N. Black, the employment company,as a cost to the garbs worn on board by the musicians.
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31. The cynical version of Titanic sinking

There’s a cynical theory saying that Titanic never sunk. Instead, it was her sister ship, the Olympic which met the alleged fate and it was just an insurance scam. But this is far from reality as each of the ships was covered for £1 million (£88.4 million) through Lloyd’s of London.
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32. The First News

Titanic HeadlineThe British newspaper London Daily Mail stated “Titanic Sunk, No Lives Lost” in its first release on April 16, 1912 story. Other daily papers reported the same, like this one. The New York Times dedicated 75 pages to the coverage of Titanic in the first week after the adversity.
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33. Money on Titanic

Titanic Cobh Harbour 1912The probable estimation of the money, securities and adornments carried by the passengers of Titanic was around US $6 million.
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34. “Titanic” The Movie

titanic movie1997 James Cameron’s “Titanic” was an epic. The budget for the Movie “Titanic”was higher than the Titanic itself.
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35. The last supper

Interestingly, Titanic’s last meal was the costliest. In an auction Titanic’s last lunch menu was sold at a whooping $88,000.
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