On April 14, 1912, one of the most famous ships ever, collided with an iceberg. A fatal event. That was 100 years ago. A long time ago. And as always history makes history after things have happened. Showing you the transatlantic route the Titanic intended to follow back then (above), we also present you some facts you maybe didn’t know before.
1. A ship for the Rich
The passenger list of the Titanic did not include famous and rich people only. There were a lot of them. Celebrities of those times. And those were entrepeneurs, people with a lot of money. But the list ranged from the richest people in the world to the poorest. On board to start a new life in North America. Here’s a passenger list.
2. The construction of the Ship
The Titanic was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 150 years ago. The centre of the Industrial Revolution. But where did all the steel come from? All the material used for the hull had to be imported. The process of building took a long time and even the lives of some workers. Seventeen men died during the construction of Olympic (a sister ship) and Titanic.
3. The story of Sinking
“Four days into her journey, on the night of 14th April Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and was so badly damaged that she survived for less than three hours before she sank. Two thirds of Titanic’s passengers and crew were lost because there were not enough lifeboats to rescue everyone on board. Survivors were picked up from the lifeboats by the Carpathia and taken to New York. Over 1500 people drowned.” [source]
4. The famous Funnels
Only three of the Titanic’s funnels were operational. The fourth funnel was a dummy. All of them towered 81 ½ ft above the boat deck.
5. The disappearing Ship
One hundred years after the Titanic hit the ground of the Atlantic, it’s still there. But most likely not forever. If you rent a submarine to discover the world in the depth of the sea (approx 12,460ft / 2.5 miles at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean) you will find an obscure landscape. And you will see that the ship slowly disappears to dust. That due to plants, animals and the salty water.
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6. The unknown Baby
Many of the people who died in that cold night were indentified afterwards. Some were not. And those weren’t only the poorer people whose relatives couldn’t affod a ticket to travel to the United States identifying their family members. For a long time the name of the youngest victim was unknown. “Five days after the passenger ship the Titanic sank, the crew of the rescue ship Mackay-Bennett pulled the body of a fair-haired, roughly 2-year-old boy. [In the meantime] researchers believe that they have finally resolved the identity of the unknown child — concluding that he was 19-month-old Sidney Leslie Goodwin from England.” [source]
7. The route before the Route
“The Titanic was launched at Harland & Wolff’s yard at Queen’s Island, Belfast Lough on May 31, 1911. [It] then sailed from Southampton on April 10th, 1912, but called at Cherbourg in France and Queenstown (now Cobh) in Ireland to take on more passengers. [Afterwards] she […] began her maiden voyage proper across the Atlantic towards New York.” [source]
8. The unsinkable Rumour
It’s still there. The myth about the Titanic stating that the people who built it said that it coud not sink. Actually it was a print magazine that created the rumor after they discovered the, back in this time, new concept of building a ships body of seperated tanks. If water floods one of them, the others could be locked, and the ship should not sink. That was the plan…
9. The anti-Catholic hull Number
“The often related story regarding Titanic’s ‘anti-Catholic’ hull number is a myth. After the disaster, rumours began to spread that Titanic’s hull number, 360604, when written badly and viewed through a mirror, spelled out ‘No Pope’. In the staunchly religious Belfast, this was seen as almost blasphemous by the devout Catholics, and certainly unlucky for the ship. The reality is that this was probably “a bit of fun” started in some protestant pub adjacent to the shipyard’s of Harland and Wolff. Titanic’s hull number was 401 […]” [source]
10. Fireman Frank Tower
Legend says that a man whose name was Frank Tower survived the sinking of the Titanic. But even two other incidents: He also was said to be “aboard the Empress of Ireland when she collided with the Storstad, and the Lusitania when that vessel was torpedoed and sunk by a U-Boat off the southern coast of Ireland in May 1915 . In fact, no person by the name of Frank Tower appears in any crew lists for those three vessels.” [source]
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