On Sunday, April 14, 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg. After the release of the 1997 movie, Titanic, almost all of mankind knew this bit of information. These are some little known facts that may or may not have been in the film. When the Titanic was built, there were other ships, but it was the largest one in existence. While most companies were building their boats for speed, the owners of the Titanic wanted to build their ships for luxury.
When the ship was being built, the days of delivery by semi-trucks were non-existent, so it took twenty horses to deliver the anchor that belonged to Titanic. There were over 14,000 men who worked on the ship, and all of them worked almost a 50-hour workweek to complete the assignment. They also made an average of £2 a week; which is the equivalent of $2.83 in American money. The workers were expected to work Monday through Saturday, starting at six o’clock in the morning.
13. The Titanic Was a Lot Smaller Than Most Modern Cruise Ships
Royal Caribbean International is known for having the largest ship in the world, and it is called The Allure of the Seas. The Allure was built in 2008, but was not launched until November, 2009. The size difference between the current biggest boat on the planet and the Titanic is massive. The Allure can hold up to almost 6300 people, while the Titanic was only able to hold 2,435 at the time of its launch. Almost all of the features of the Allure are around twice as big as the Titanic, including the length, the weight, and even the crew amount on board is almost threefold of the ship that was sunk nearly a decade ago. Even though the Titanic was a lot smaller than most ships today, it was still quite hefty; it was 882 feet long.
12. Where Were All of the Lifeboats?
When the Titanic was first designed, it was made to carry 64 lifeboats, which would have been more than enough to save all of the crew and passengers on board if anything were to happen. After the building of the large ship, it was made with 64 supports, so surely the people who initially designed it knew what they were doing. Unfortunately, only half of the lifeboats made it onto the ship. It was said that people did not like the way the boats took up room on the outside of the boat and only 20 boats were put into place. These boats were not even filled completely once the Titanic sank, leaving practically all of the men to drown, since “women and children first” was the rule when boarding the lifeboats.
11. The Titanic Polluted the Ocean Every Day
The amount of pollution that the cruise ships emit into the water and atmosphere are unbelievably high, and the Titanic was no exception. There were 29 boilers that were triple-furnace and burned coal to give electricity to the Titanic, and to make it move. 825 tons of coal was used per day, and almost 100 tons of the ashes from the coal were emptied into the water every day that the ship was in route.
10. The Interior Ripped off the Ritz
No, the Titanic didn’t actually rip off the design of the Ritz Hotel in London, but the designers were inspired by it. The five-star hotel was one of the fanciest places to stay in London during the building of the Titanic, and it is still quite a fine place to stay if ever in the area. The lavish cruise ship had facilities on board that were “fit for a king;” including a kennel for the first-class passengers’ canines and a fitness facility, so that people wouldn’t miss a day of their workout.
9. People Died While Building the Massive Piece of Machinery
It took over two years to build the Titanic; 26 months to be exact. During that time, eight men who were construction workers died while putting it together and 246 injuries were reported, as well. The very first person to have passed on while building the giant vessel was Samuel Scott, a teenager of only fifteen at the time. He died from a skull fracture after diving off of the large ship, even though the exact reasons are unknown. He was finally given a headstone in Belfast City Cemetery nearly 100 years after his death.
8. The Movie Cost More to Make than the Ship, Itself
The Titanic sunk on April 15, 1912, and it had cost nearly seven and a half million dollars to build. If you’re thinking of the actual amount due to inflation, it would actually be around $166 million in current currency. In 1997, the most popular movie that was made regarding the Titanic (ironically named, Titanic) was $200,000,000, so, basically, the making and filming of the movie was more expensive than the cost of building the boat.
7. Titanic Had Sisters
The RMS Titanic was part of a trio of sister ships, the White Star Liners. The other two ships were the RMS Olympic and the HMHS Brittanic. Olympic was the first of the three ships to launch, and set sail on June 14, 1911 to New York. In September of the same year, Olympic collided with a cruiser, and had to be repaired. After the sinking of the Titanic, the government issued more safety features to be more prevalent on cruise ships. The other sister ship, Britannic, hit a mine on November 21, 1916 and it sank, regardless of all safety procedures that were added on to it.
6. The Bottle Never Broke
A lot of people believe that Christening is a way to bring something special into this world. People, for instance, are Christened when they belong to the Catholic religion. The same goes for ships, and they have been doing so for over five thousand years. The sister ships did not believe in the ceremonial of the ships, and they had only done so for the Titanic. The problem was that the champagne bottle that was used did not break when it was struck (which is what is supposed to happen). A lot of people believe that the non-initiation of all three sister ships were to blame for the bad luck, especially with the Titanic.
5. There Were Rumors that the Titanic Was Cursed
It is difficult to determine a rumor, especially if you don’t know where it stemmed from, or even if it was true. The rumors from the Titanic flew after the sinking of the ship, and even beforehand, when there were a few deaths from the people who were building it. One rumor was of the famous Hope Diamond that was supposedly onboard during the sinking, while another was a curse that was put on the ship from an ancient mummy.
4. A Really Bad Book Was Written About it 14 Years Before It Sunk
Morgan Robertson wrote Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan, in 1898, which happened to be fourteen years before the Titanic sunk into the Atlantic Ocean. It was extremely bizarre; since the book took place on a ship called the Titan, and it hit an iceberg in April, just as the Titanic did fourteen years after the book was written. Most people thought that the author was psychic, since there were many “coincidences” between the book and the actual occurrence. In the book, there were almost the same amount of people that died that were in the Titanic, and there weren’t enough lifeboats for everyone, either.
3. It Could Have Been the Moon’s Fault
We all know that the Titanic hit an iceberg, which caused the ship to sink, but it is an extreme possibility that the tides from the moon could have had something to do with it. On the night that the Titanic sank, the sun and moon were in a spring tide, and the moon was awfully close to the Earth. According to scientists, the tides rose and fell exceptionally high because of it. It is a possibility that this unusual event caused the iceberg to get in the way of the ship.
2. Robert Ballard is Trying to Save the Titanic
Robert Ballard found the Titanic in 1985 while investigating two submarines, the USS Thresher and the USS Scorpion. He had to tell the public that he was looking for the Titanic, in order to avoid controversy. Robert had essentially found the Titanic in the meantime, by “following breadcrumbs” as he put it. It had been underwater for almost 100 years, and he currently is trying to preserve the decaying ship from divers in the area. He is raising awareness and money to help protect and save the ship, so it can be conserved underwater for years to come.
1. There Were Warnings of the Iceberg That Went Unheeded
On the fateful night of the crash, the ship was sent a message that warned them of the iceberg. It was not marked specifically for the captain, so it is possible that he did not see it. The iceberg was not a large one, but it is also conceivable that it was mostly underwater, but not so much above sea level. The water was also very calm, so it was difficult to see the iceberg, as well. The Titanic was going 22.5 knots (which is the equivalent of about 29 miles per hour) when it hit the giant mountain of ice.