rms titanic sinking

Some interesting facts about the RMS Titanic in honor of Titanic Week

  • Titanic was just short of 900 feet in length (882.5 ft) and weighed more than 95 million pounds
  • She was originally fitted with 64 lifeboats, enough for more than the full capacity
  • The lifeboat number was cut down so the ship wouldn’t look “cluttered”
  • Only 1/3 of the passengers survived (705 out of 2,220)
  • She had a sister ship named the HMHS Britannic that sank as well
  • Titanic’s captain Edward Smith, was planning to retire after Titanic docked in New York (he died in the sinking)
  • 100,000 people showed up to watch her be launched in Belfast
  • Titanic was not christened
  • She was one of three ships in a line called “The Olympic Class Ships’
  • Isidor and Ida Straus, whom were passengers aboard and died in the sinking, were the founders of the Macy’s department stores
  • Some papers, published after Titanic sank, stated the ship did not sink at all and all passengers were safe
  • The stern and the bow section of the ship lay more than 2,000 feet apart at the bottom of the Atlantic
  • The wreck wasn’t discovered until 1985, more than 70 years after the sinking
  • Titanic was so large at the time, they had to build a dry dock and boarding dock specific to her size
  • Today, Titanic is dwarfed in size to cruise ships, some more than 1,000 feet in length
  • She had a darkroom on board, along with 2 restaurants, a squash court, a pool, library, reading room, smoking room, Turkish bath, and a gym 
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In 1912 the RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic, killing more than 1,500 people, and becoming the most famous maritime accident in the 20th century. But unknown to many, Titanic’s sister ship met a similar fate as well. The HMHS Britannic was a hospital ship owned by the White Star Line and was active from the years 1914-1916. On November 21, 1916, she was carrying 1,065 people on board when the hull struck an underwater mine. Britannic leaned drastically to the starboard (right) side, and within 55 minutes was completely underwater. Unlike her famous sister Titanic, the Britannic did not break in half. In total 30 people were killed during the sinking. The wreck was discovered off the coast of Greece in 1975 and remains in wonderful diving condition. 

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Sunday April 15th 1912, dawn breaks and the water begins to get choppy in the distance the survivors can see a ship, the Carpathia has finally arrived near the site of the sinking only to find 20 small life boats. When the Carpathia’s Captain Arthur Rostron learned of the distress signals he immediately set a course at maximum speed (17 kn(20 mph) to Titanic’s last known position, approximately 58 mi away. Rostron ordered the ship’s heating and hot water cut off in order to make as much steam as possible available for the engines. At full speed it took the Carpathia four hours to reach Titanic, Carpathia arrived At 4:00 am, after working her way through dangerous ice fields, and took on the 705 survivors all that was left from a ship that carried around 2,200 people.

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At 1:30 am Sunday April 15th the first rockets are launched and the S.O.S distress signal is being typed out. The first lifeboats are being lowered. About 400 tones of water is pouring in every minute by this time. there are 20 lifeboats with a capacity of 30 men which is roughly 1,178 people, even though there were about 2,223 on board. Titanic had a maximum capacity of 3,327 passengers and crew.