The Titanic, was a British passenger liner operated by the White Star Line. It was built from 31st May 1911 to 2nd April 1912 by Harland & Wolff, a company specializing in ship repair, conversion, and offshore construction, located in Northern Ireland. The ship had a cruising speed of 39 km/h.
On April 14, 1912, the ship struck an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City and sunk in the early morning hours of April 15. Here are some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about the most iconic ship in history.
- In 1898 (14 years before the Titanic tragedy), Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called Futility. This fictitious novel was about the largest ship ever built hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on a cold April night. The fictional ship (named Titan) and the real ship Titanic were similar in design and their circumstances were remarkably alike. Both ships were labelled “unsinkable”.
- There were 20,000 bottles of beer, 1,500 bottles of wine and 8,000 cigars on-board for the use of first-class passengers.
- The Titanic’s chief baker drunk so much alcohol and thus survived the freezing water for 2 hours until he was rescued.
- A Japanese survivor was regarded as a coward when he returned to Japan, for not dying with the rest of the passengers.
- Milton Hershey, an American chocolatier, businessman, and philanthropist who founded Hershey’s chocolate had tickets to be on the Titanic but he cancelled his reservation.
- According to research and investigations, The Titanic crash could have been avoided if they had gotten information about the iceberg 30 seconds before the captain did.
- The cost of building the (Royal Merchant Ship) RMS Titanic was $7,500,000 (Seven million and five hundred thousand US Dollars).
- 14,000 gallons of drinking water was used every day on the Titanic Ship.
- Only 28 people were on board the first lifeboat, which had a capacity of 65 people. Most lifeboats launched off the Titanic were not filled to capacity. The lifeboats could have held over 1,100 people, but only 705 passengers were saved; 1,517 people died.
- The remains of this iconic ship was beneath the Atlantic Ocean for over 70 years after sinking, before its was discovered by Famous Ocean Explorer Robert Ballard over two miles below the ocean’s surface.
- This tragedy led to the establishment of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) in in 1914 which sets minimum safety standards in the construction, equipment and operation of merchant ships.