On a calm April night in 1912, the world's largest ship, Titanic, sank after crashing into an iceberg . On board were 2,228 passengers including wealthy businessmen, movie stars, senior members of governments, and also poor immigrants dreaming of a new life in America. They all believed the Titanic was "unsinkable," but they were wrong. More than 1,500 died in the shipwreck.
I can't explain why, (I mean, it's totally sad that all those people died) but I have to admit being fascinated by this story. The ship was just so huge! And so over-the-top opulent and fancy! And now all that sunken treasure is at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean!
If you're like me and you want to know more, then check out these amazing facts:
On Board Titanic
- A first-class ticket for a Titanic parlor suite started at $4,350, which would be approximately $50,000 today. The most expensive rooms were more than $80,000 in today's dollars.
- A third-class ticket at Titanic cost $35, which is approximately $620 in today's dollars. Up to 10 people stayed in each third-class room.
- There were only two bathtubs for the more than 700 third-class passengers.
- Even if all 20 lifeboats had been filled to capacity, there would only have been room in them for 1,178 people.
- At first most of the passengers did not believe Titanic was really sinking, hence the low number of 19 aboard the first lifeboat, even though it could carry 65.
- Tennis player R. Norris Williams and his father felt it was too cold to remain out on deck as the Ship went down, so they went into the gym to ride the exercise bikes.
- At the time of Titanic's destruction, the temperature of the water was a frigid 28°F (-2°C). Most people who didn't drown in the water would have died of hypothermia, while others may have had heart attacks.
- Initial headlines of the Titanic disaster claimed all passengers survived and the Ship was being towed to land.(WRONG!)
- No skeletons remain at the wreck site. Any bodies carried to the seabed with the wreck were eaten by fish and crustaceans.
- 14 years before the sinking of Titanic, Morgan Robertson penned a fictitious tale about a ship named Titan that collides with an iceberg. Some of the uncanny similarities between the book and the Titanic disaster include the month (April), the length of the ship (Titanic 882.5 feet, Titan 800 feet), and the number of passengers on board (Titanic 2,200; Titan 2000). (FREAKY!)
- Expeditions to recover artifacts have been conducted at the Titanic's wreck site, located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coastline, during the summers of 1987, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2004.
- In the 2004 expedition, the Remora 6000 Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) was used for the recovery of objects. This ROV was controlled from the surface via ROV pilots.
- It takes over two and a half hours to reach the Titanic wreck site. Each dive lasts about twelve to fifteen hours with an additional two hours to come back up to the surface.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Fact credits: RMS Titanic, Inc.