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 🙂 I want to share interesting facts of the Titanic with you, based on this amazing book:
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? 🤔 Bah! It looked more fun dancing with Leonardo DiCaprio anyway 😄
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! 😲
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!
14. Interest in the Titanic was rekindled in 1997. I bet you know why? 😉 Comment if you know! 😁
Thanks for joining me in this Titanic quickie blog 🙂 I also have a few videos of the wreckage, which are very amazing to watch, that I will link below.
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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.