18 Titanic Facts

Video highlights from Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron

These are the facts you didn't know about the world's most famous shipwreck, the RMS Titanic.

1)    Titanic’s keel was laid March 31st, 1909 , exactly three years before she was completed.

2)    Titanic was 882 feet and 9 inches long  and displaced over 50,000 tons.  

3)    At the time of her launch, Titanic and her sister ship Olympic were the largest ships in the world.  

4)    In preparation for her launch, Titanic’s sliding way was lubricated with 22 tons of tallow (rendered beef fat) and soap .
5)    Titanic was a “three-screw” vessel , meaning she had three propellers.

6)    Titanic was remarkable not only for her lavish first and second class accommodations , but also for the comparative luxury of her third class.

7)    Titanic was the first ship to provide running water in every cabin.

8)    The White Star Line provided kosher fare to Jewish passengers.

9)    Harland and Wolff, the company that designed and built the Titanic , was founded in 1861  and still exists today .

10)    As she departed Southampton, Titanic narrowly avoided a collision with the New York .

11)    It was originally reported that all those aboard the Titanic had been saved, and she was being towed to Halifax.  

12)    While the Titanic had lifeboats for only 1,178 passengers, less than half of her capacity of 3,547, her lifeboats were well in excess of the safety regulations of the time which required her to provide lifeboat space for less than 1,000.

13)    When the survivors arrived in New York, The Pennsylvania Railroad provided a nine-car train offering free passage to any survivor wanting to go to Philadelphia or points west .

14)    Violet Jessop, a stewardess  on the Titanic survived disasters on all three of the Olympic-class ocean liners.  She was aboard the Olympic when it collided with the HMS Hawke  and survived the sinkings of both the Titanic  and the Britannic .

15)    Millvina Dean was, at 9 weeks old, the youngest survivor of the Titanic disaster.   She died in 2009, the last survivor of the sinking .

16)    The Carpathia, famous for rescuing the Titanic survivors , sank in 1918 after being torpedoed by a German U-Boat.   

17)    The White Star Line chartered a Canadian ship, Mackay-Bennet to assist in recovering the dead.  Nova Scotia’s largest undertaking firm oversaw the funeral arrangements and more than forty members of the Funeral Directors’ Association of the Maritime Provinces assisted in preparing victims for burial and return to Halifax.

18)    Titanic was originally designed with only three funnels, but since most of the powerful steamships of the day had four, a fourth, non-functional funnel was added just for show.

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