Titanic Interesting Facts

I’m a nerd. I go through historical phases. I’m on a Korean War phase right now, but I recently finished my sinking of the Titanic phase πŸ™‚ I want to share interesting facts of the Titanic with you, based on this amazing book:

Charles River Editors has great books!

I’ll start with a funny realization I had. It is common knowledge that “The passengers were divided by class.” And I thought, that’s a tad unfair.

Then I realized, wait a minuuute… I’ve never strolled into the Penthouse Suite or First Class section without paying for it… Am I the peasant? πŸ€” Bah! It looked more fun dancing with Leonardo DiCaprio anyway πŸ˜„

Titanic Interesting Facts:

1. Two ships were near the Titanic as it sent out distress signals: the SS Frankfurt (German) didn’t take the distress signal of the Titanic seriously, so they were told to stay out of it. The SS Californian (British) was extremely neglectful of Titanic’s distress signal and did not help.

2. The RMS Carpathia was the ship that arrived 2 hours later and helped save 705 survivors.

3. Initially, passengers were afraid to jump into the lifeboats. They were several stories high, with a large gap between the Titanic and the life boats. If you missed the lifeboat, you’d plummet to the sea.

4. The movie Titanic (1997) severely exaggerated the gate that was locked dividing the lower class and upper class. In reality, this gate was broken as quickly and easily as a Do-Not-Enter sign set up at any establishment. (But it’s a movie, you gotta stir some feelings!)

5. I thought the Titanic was HUGE. Actually, the Titanic was smaller than the Costa Concordia, and there are many cruise ships several times bigger than Titanic today! 😲

my husband told me about the differences

6. The Titanic had both electricity and elevators.

7. In interviews, survivors have recalled the band playing while people were boarding the life boats, NOT while the ship itself was sinking.

8. Rumors about the Titanic spread quickly at the time: One of them was the rumor that people may have survived in pockets of air within the wreckage. This was later dismissed as impossible, due to the depth to which the Titanic sank.

9. Partly due to the rumor (above), there was public demand to find and recover the Titanic. A map was made to scale, to show how deep the Titanic was under the sea. The technology to go down that deep and reach the ship was not available until many decades later.

10. Interest in the Titanic and its recovery were overshadowed by WWI.

11. The Titanic wreckage was not discovered until 1985 (73 years after the tragedy).

12. While reading the book, I noticed that the people who visited the Titanic wreck early in its discovery often want to protect the site… and the people who have visited the wreck in more recent times (and have seen it deteriorate) want to bring up as much as possible and salvage it instead.

13. The cherub of the grand staircase was recovered!

how cool is that??

14. Interest in the Titanic was rekindled in 1997. I bet you know why? πŸ˜‰ Comment if you know! 😁


Thanks for joining me in this Titanic quickie blog πŸ™‚ I also have a few videos of the wreckage, which are very amazing to watch, that I will link below.

μ•ˆλ…•! Bye! Ciao!

jarilissima

1985 discovery of the Titanic wreck footage.

2004 NOAA Titanic Expedition footage.

Inside the Titanic, cabins and hallways (beautiful).

Titanic wreck deterioration explained (1987-2010).

One of a few interviews with survivors of the Titanic.

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34 comments

  1. I enjoyed the post, Yari. Informative facts indeed. Hmm, why was interest kindled in 1997? Not sure, but I couldn’t help noticing that the movie that won the Oscar for best picture that year had a very similar name. Ah, I’m sure that’s just a coincidence!

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  2. I’ve always been fascinated by this, too. There was a story about the Titanic in our English Learner book and I loved it because I got to make a PowerPoint for the kids to understand it better, and do more research about it myself. That was about the time that the movie had come out so we listened to the sound track while the kids made their β€œTitanic posters” for our Titanic bulletin board. If I remember right, they were supposed to be travel posters like the ones they had before the voyage. That was one of my favorite lessons.

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  3. Thanks for the interesting Titanic facts, Yari! I remember that back in the 1980s, popular “Christian” conspiracy mongerers, Jack Chick and Alberto Rivera, postulated that the Captain of the Titanic, Edward Smith, was a secret agent of the Jesuits and purposely sank the ship because influential financiers were on board who opposed the religious order’s plans for a Federal Reserve Bank by which they would fund their skulduggery. Nope, I’m not making that up. The Jesuits did do a lot of anti-evangelical scheming back in the day, but Chick blamed every major world calamity on them.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this post, I didn’t know all these interesting facts on the Titanic. I was living in London when the Titanic movie premiere came out and I went to the cinema to watch it -twice- even though I hardly knew any English at the time!

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚ The movie was incredibly popular. I think the general consensus ended up being that he fit on the door, but he would have made it too heavy to float.

      Either way, it was sad when she detached his stiff little hand and he floated down 😭 aww

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  5. These are very interesting facts, Yari! I didn’t realize how long it took till the wreckage was discovered. And for sure, I can only imagine the way the movie manipulated certain truths to pull at the heartstrings.

    Did you know they built a replica of it? I wonder if it’s set sail yet.

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  6. I actually like the older versions of the Titanic movie. One has Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb in it, from the 50’s, I think. The interaction of the family when they find out that the ship is sinking and rhe sinking of the ship itself are very touching to me.

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  7. I was in 5th grade in 1985, and that was the first time I’d heard of the Titanic when they first found the wreckage. It is a fascinating subject of history with so many odd and interesting stories (and many more that are somewhat dubious in the nature of their factual accuracy). Oh, and I’ve never seen the movie and don’t want to! But we did watch “A Night To Remember” when I was in junior high…

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    • The only thing you’d be missing in the movie is the special effects. The love story is just that– a love story. Not the most earth-shattering thing 😁

      I was around in 1985, just too young to know what was going on. I bet the discovery became a huge deal? 😲

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  8. Holy cow how cool!!! The story of the Titanic is such a fascinating thing to learn about. Thanks for sharing these facts that I actually didn’t know about. The film in 1997 totally made me into the subject and I had a Dear America book that was set on the Titanic (I read it so much that I broke the spine of the book and since had to get a new book!) It’s fictional but is based on the facts of the Titanic incident. Good to know someone else also goes through historical phases! πŸ’–

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  9. Same here. I’ve always thought that the Titanic was gigantic πŸ˜› I still don’t understand why other ships ignored the distress signal. No one would send this signal for fun. They probably thought that the marvel of the sea could not sink. Who knows πŸ™‚ Btw, thank you for sharing these interesting facts!

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    • I’m so happy that you enjoyed the post! πŸ™‚

      For the German ship that ignored the distress signal, the book theorizes that the growing tensions between Germany and England made them not take it seriously. And the other ship was gross incompetence ~ I also can’t imagine why this second ship ignored the distress signal!

      Thanks for your comment and have an awesome weekend πŸ™‚

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