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
12 Where Were All of the Lifeboats?
11 The Titanic Polluted the Ocean Every Day
10 The Interior Ripped off the Ritz
9 People Died While Building the Massive Piece of Machinery
8 The Movie Cost More to Make than the Ship, Itself
7 Titanic Had Sisters
6 The Bottle Never Broke
5 There Were Rumors that the Titanic Was Cursed
4 A Really Bad Book Was Written About it 14 Years Before It Sunk
3 It Could Have Been the Moon’s Fault
2 Robert Ballard is Trying to Save the Titanic
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.
Sources: telegraph.co.uk, titanicfacts.net, historyofthetitanic.org
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