Facts About Titanic You Didn’t Know
With the Titanic II, a replica of the original currently being billed in China. Those of us familiar with the story know the ship is not famous solely because of the unique details regarding the cruise liner, but because of what happened to the ship and her passengers.
Despite the tragedy associated with it, there are many interesting facts very few know about the Titanic. Here’s a list of some interesting facts about the ship:
1. Largest Vessel at Time of Construction
Officially known as the RMS Titanic, it was the world largest passenger ship when it began running with a full crew and captain. In totally, it measured 882 feet (269 meters). Not only was it the largest passenger ship, but it was the largest man-made object on Earth as well.
Currently, a ship named Harmony of the Seas owns the title of the largest passenger vessel. It measures a total of 1188 feet (362.12 meters) from bow to stern.
2. Large Amount of Coal Used
At the time that it was built, the Titanic was a ship that still used coal as fuel. Every single day, about 600 tons of coal per day were shoveled into the furnaces by the 176-man maintenance crew.
With that much coal burning, it should come as no surprise that almost 100 tons of ash were spewed into the ocean each and every day. In the modern day, most cruise liners use diesel fuel to propel the vessel and produce electricity.
3. Inspired by The Ritz
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in London was the source of inspiration for the vessel’s interior. There were a host of amenities including a pool, gym, squash court, Turkish bath, and even a kennel for ‘first class’ dogs.
The Titanic also published its very own newspaper – the Atlantic Daily Bulletin. Having its own newspaper gives one the idea had enough square feet to be a small city.
4. Stockpiled with Alcohol and Tobacco
You had to be part of a pretty exclusive group of people to have even set foot once on the Titanic. Those with deep enough pockets lucky enough to land a first-class spot received things people in “economy lodging” weren’t allowed.
20,000 bottles of beer, 1,500 bottles of wine, and as many as 8,000 cigars were all reserved for only the richest hands on the ship.
5. The Grand Staircase
A fancy cruise liner like the Titanic surely needed some glorified steps through it. The Grand Staircase, as it was called, went through seven decks of the ship’s ten. Featured on it were bronze cherubs, oak paneling, and paintings. If anyone is interested, replicas are on display at the Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri.
6. Oh, the Lifeboats
The frigid temperatures of the Atlantic were definitely responsible for many of the death. But the catalyst for that may have been the simple lack of lifeboats. There were only about 16 lifeboats made of wood and four collapsible boats brought onboard the cruise liner. The number of passengers that would fit on them only amounted to 1,178 people. That wasn’t even half of the passengers on the boat.
Because it surpassed the “legal requirement” for safety vessels, there was initially no issue.
7. First Class Music
There’s nothing like having your own personal musician to entertain you and your guests. When it came to music, first-class passengers were treated to something no one else was. Each of them was given a book with sheet music that totaled out to 352 songs.
On the off-chance that any of the songs in the book were requested, musicians were trained to play every single one of them.
I’m sure most of us have enough trouble remembering the songs we were taught to play in band class.
8. Like a Gentleman
No man, woman, or child was more resigned to his fate than the American businessman Benjamin Guggenheim. Upon seeing that the ship would sunken down to Davy Jones’ locker, Guggenheim said the following as he and his valet got dressed up: “We’ve dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen.”
Eyewitnesses said they were last seen on the deck, enjoying the brandy and cigars that had long been abandoned for safety.
9. Some Missed the Maiden Voyage
If one were to observe the ship’s passenger manifest, they would see some big names were also slated to be on the vessel. Milton S. Hershey, founder of the chocolate empire, did not board despite his ticket. The inventor of the telegraph, Guglielmo Marconi, also escaped the tragedy by opting to voyage on the sister ship, Lusitania.