The RMS Titanic sank on April 15, 1912. It was built and delivered ashore with a lot of dreams and ambitions attached to it. At 11:40 p.m. on 14 April, the largest ship in the world struck an iceberg, causing the worst maritime disaster in history.
Titanic, based on the true story of the Titanic disaster, depicts the whirlwind passion between Jack and Rose before tragedy separates them for good. It’s still enticing to hear that story.
Did you realize there were other persons on board with their own stories that the rest of the world probably doesn’t even know about? A look back at the most showy ship in the world and some of the fascinating stories it has to tell.
1. Edward And Ethel Beane :
Many people doubted that the ship was sinking, including these newlyweds. They would never forget Titanic’s lofty promise of being a ship that would never sink.
As a result, it required a few stern warnings to get them to change their minds. When the couple was split up, they were on their honeymoon. While Ethel was being taken to safety in a lifeboat, Edward was able to swim to a nearby rescue vessel. Fortunately, they are still married.
2. Edith Russell
- Intuition told Edith something terrible was about to happen. Her secretary even received a note informing her that she couldn’t shake the nagging sense of foreboding she had in her heart. Having covered the Paris Easter Sunday races for French fashion, she boarded the ship from France. Even though she was merely looking for a moment of peace, Edith was more concerned with getting out of the ship.
Her forebodings weren’t completely irrational. She begged a steward to assist her in retrieving her pig-shaped music box as soon as she was asked to leave the stateroom and make for a lifeboat. She was allocated one of the first lifeboats since she was a high-class passenger.
Her refusal to depart until the ship’s women and children were safe was a sign of her character. In the end, she had no choice but to board the lifeboat since she didn’t want to lose her most prized property. Source: Encyclopedia Titanica.
3. Alex MacKenzie :
Alex became renowned for not going on the voyage that resulted in the deaths of several people. The Titanic was touted as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Some people were jealous of others who made the journey. Alex, on the other hand, isn’t.
Even though the voice in his brain kept telling him not to go, he almost did. The last thing Alex did before hanging up the phone was to explain the ticket’s gift wrapping to his parents. Source: 30 James Street.
4. James Moody :
James Moody was a lower-ranking officer on a low income. Nonetheless, he remained throughout the crisis, releasing lifeboat after lifeboat. Moody was a great hero since he was requested to man one of the lifeboats he launched and save people.
However, he elected to remain on board and offered another officer the chance to reach the beach. The only reason he stayed aboard the ship was to personally ensure that as many lives as possible were rescued.
Moody was the Sixth officer, and he remained behind to help the First officer. He remained up until 2:18 a.m., the last minutes before the ship went down. Source: Encyclopedia Titanica
5. The Countess Of Rothes :
Lucy Noel Martha, Countess of Rothes, was one of the Titanic’s richest and most respected passengers. She was on board with her cousin and maid, on her way to the United States to be with her husband and children.
As soon as the Captain learned of the ship’s sinking, he instructed the Countess to go get the safety belts. The Countess and her friends were brought to the first lifeboat lowered into the water. The Countess was recognized by Lifeboat 8’s sailor, who knew her to be a superb leader.
She instantly assumed command of the boat for the remainder of the night. She temporarily changed places with her cousin to soothe a Spanish lady whose husband had been left behind.
She not only guided the boat to safety, but she also shouted words of encouragement to all on board. She remained in Carpathia to ensure the survivor’s safety and well-being. The Countess and the Sailor kept in touch until the Countess died.
Titanic: 10 fascinating facts
The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912. More than 1,500 people died. 24/7 Wall St. compiled 57 fascinating facts on the Titanic to commemorate the 107th Anniversary of one of history’s worst maritime disasters.
Sources included Smithsonian and Scientific American magazines, National Geographic, archives.gov, history.com, and British and American news websites. Scroll down to find out more.
1. The Titanic submerges at 12,600 feet.
Nearly 2.5 miles below the surface of the ocean, the ruins of Titanic are located approximately 370 nautical miles off of Newfoundland in Canada. The ship was split in two and the distance between the bows and sterns is approximately 2,000 feet on the seabed.
2. The iceberg which hit the ship could have been 100 feet high.
It is believed that the Titanic’s collision with the iceberg occurred between 50 and 100 feet above sea level. It is estimated that the entire iceberg was between 200 and 400 feet long.
3. If the plane had been able to survive, more than half of those on board would have survived.
The space on the lifeboats had been used up.
4. Milton Hershey should have been on the Titanic.
Milton Hershey wrote a check for $300 to reserve a stateroom aboard the RMS Titanic. Milton Hershey invented the famous Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar. Hershey’s wife and he missed the trip because business took priority.
5. Three of Titanic’s four exhaust funnels were functional.
Only three of the four funnels on this robust ship ejected smoke. The fourth funnel was used purely for ventilation and to add a majestic look to the ship.
6. One hour after the iceberg hit, the first lifeboat was launched.
You may think it is common sense that a ship releases safety lifeboats immediately upon hull rupture. Titanic released its first lifeboat after an hour.
7. A particular bacteria slowly consumes the wreckage.
The Titanic wreckage at the bottom will be eaten away completely by bacteria that eat rust. Halomonas Titanicae is a microorganism that can attach to steel surfaces, forming rusticles on the wreckage.
8. The ship carried 223 passengers and crew.
The collision between the Titanic and the iceberg killed 1,517 of the 2,223 passengers. The ship could have held more than 3,500 passengers, but it was not at capacity.
9. The launch of the ship was attended by over 100,000 people.
Belfast was the first place the White Star Liner entered the water on May 31st, 1911. Estimates suggest that over 100,000 people, representing one-third of Belfast’s population, observed the launch event which lasted less than a minute.
10. The ship measured just under 900 Foot.
The Titanic was the largest vessel at its time, measuring 882 feet 9 inches. Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world today. It measures nearly 1,200 feet in length.