You all know the Titanic―and we know that you watched the three-hour long movie on several occasions. What you also know about the Titanic is that the massive ship hit an iceberg at 11:40 PM on the night of April 14, 1912. You know what else we know that you know? That the gigantic boat was supposed to be unsinkable―but it obviously was not. It sank a little over two and a half hours after it hit the iceberg.
The Titanic is known as the world's most famous shipwreck, but unless you did thorough research, we're sure there is a lot of tidbits you'd be staggered to know about the ship. We are going to steer you through all the facts though, so that you may explore the most unknown facts about the most famous ship.
There is way more to it than just Jack and Rose, but in case you did not know, that whole love story in the Titanic is entirely fictional. The reason why there will always be curiosity surrounding the Titanic is that it was the most luxurious ship ever and was built on a monumental scale.
So how and why did such a grand and luxurious boat sink only a few days after its first time sailing? Well, we have all the most intriguing, creepy, and surprising facts for you.
20 Was The Night Sky Responsible?
We're going to start you off with a creepy fact first to set the tone―all you superstitious folks will find this one boggling. When we think of a full moon, we usually think of a wolf howling.
But when it comes to the Titanic tragedy, people are blaming a full moon for the unfortunate incident.
According to scientists, they blame the full moon for the fatal accident because "the full moon on January 4th, 1912 may have created unusually strong tides that sent a flotilla of icebergs southward-just in time for Titanic's maiden voyage." Wait, it gets even creepier: the full moon on that night was the closest lunar approach since A.D.
19 Was It Just An Illusion?
You may have asked yourself this many times; how did the ship's crew not see the iceberg? We totally feel the same. What we apparently did not know, is that an optical illusion may be another reason why the unsinkable ship sank. The night of the tragedy, the weather on the water made it difficult for the crew to call out an iceberg. Smithsonian explained, "Atmospheric conditions in the area that night were ripe for super refraction, Maltin found. This extraordinary bending of light causes miraging, which, he discovered, was recorded by several ships in the area. He says it also prevented the Titanic’s lookouts from seeing the iceberg in time and the freighter Californian from identifying the ocean liner and communicating with it."
18 The Cancelled Drill
You know when you do something wrong and you know things could've gone the other way? Sometimes we truly have to listen to our gut instincts.
You may not want to believe this, but the day the world's grandest ship sank, there was supposed to be a lifeboat drill.
Now, for some reason, one that has never been confirmed, Captain Smith decided to call off the drill. We are sure he never in his wildest dreams thought he would hit an iceberg that day. But had the drill still gone on as planned, the outcome could have been different.
17 Their Last Supper
It is totally unfortunate to have to say this, but those who did not survive had a "last supper." The Titanic was divided in terms of class, but there were many who were first-class. And this last supper for the passengers aboard was nothing short of lavish; the last supper served to first-class passengers consisted of 10-11 courses! With oysters, duck, quail, salmon, and lobster, among other things, they certainly were treated like royalty. It is just all too coincidental that such exceptional things occurred before the ship sank. This menu today is expected to fetch many Benjamins.
16 Another Mishap
You know the saying "when it rains, it pours?" It seems like the day the ship hit the iceberg, a lot of unfortunate circumstances befell. Besides the cancelled lifeboat drill, a potent object that the crew members use on a ship to help them steer it failed them; we're talking about binoculars.
Something as simple as functional binoculars would've helped prevent the incident.
However, the key that they would use to unlock the binoculars that they relied on to look out was lost. Had they been able to recover them, their capacity to have spotted the iceberg ahead of time would've been possible.
15 The Show Must Go On
So, there were some things that we saw in the movie that were factual, unlike the tear-jerking relationship between young and poor Jack and rich and first-class Rose. We know that you all cried at this next part. And since you now know that this actually occurred during the real-life event, the next time you throw the movie on, you'll need more tissues. Remember when the ship was sinking and all throughout there were men playing music? Well, that actually happened. While people were screaming in terror and racing to save their lives, the band players kept calmly playing for hours.
14 They Were Warned
We do not know if this makes us angrier or full-on devastated, but this is tragic. The more we learn about the incidents that took place that terrible night, the more we feel it could have been avoided. Sometimes, as humans, we don't take things seriously, like being warned of potential risks and deciding to ignore them.
Many people do not know this, but the luxurious ship did receive multiple warnings about icebergs from the moment they set sail.
To be more precise, they were informed six times that there were potential hazards and were specifically told there were icebergs! How and why were they not more attentive then?
13 Ingesting One Liquid May Have Saved More Lives
It took time for the ship to fully emerge in the water, but when it broke in two and sent all the passengers into the water, that is when things made a turn for the worse. Much like the film depicts, passengers tried to hold on for their lives onto objects when it broke in two. Eventually though, they all plunged into the water that was an awfully frozen minus two degrees Celsius. In such frigid temperatures, the human body can usually only last about 15 minutes. Most of the fatalities were from hypothermia, sadly. However, Chief Baker Joughin, who was on board, survived the frozen waters for two hours thanks to all the whiskey he indulged in.
12 Another Ship Was Nearby
Why is it that everything that could have went wrong, went wrong? The night of the heart-wrenching incident, only 20 miles away was the SS Californian ship. They were at a stop because they had seen ice and made way to avoid it, which is why they were in close proximity.
The Titanic actually sent out distress signals, but the SS Californian's radio operator had gone to sleep.
Wait, there is more. The Californian captain was aware of the Titanic flares, and did nothing about it; some said he thought it was company rockets, others said he just didn't issue orders. At last, they received the orders the next morning, but it was too late.
11 If Only They Had 30 More Seconds
The more facts we learn about the tragedy, the more it freaks us out how it all went down. As we mentioned, there are many things that could have been done to avoid the shipwreck, but the mishaps keep adding up. Like we said before, they did not notice the iceberg, however, when they finally did, they frantically only had 37 seconds to react! In those 37 seconds, officers were alerted and First Officer Murdoch ordered a "hard a-starboard"―it was a smart move to direct the ship left and put the engines in reverse, but those mere 37 seconds were not enough.
10 There Could Have Been Way More Survivors
This fact might make you just a little more critical of the whole situation and the procedures that were put in place to save lives. We're going to start by saying that if the lifeboats were properly filled, many more passengers on the ship could have been saved. Yes, there were enough to have had way more survivors than the 705 who made it.
We're scratching our heads over the fact that the lifeboats that were launched were not filled to the brim with frantic passengers.
It is utter disbelief we feel to know that the first lifeboat to launch, which was lifeboat 7, only had 24-25 people on it when it had a capacity of 65. Why did this happen?
9 Dogs Were Among The Survivors
When the ship hit, the order put out was women and children first. As we previously established, there was not enough lifeboats to save all the people aboard, and they also did not fill the lifeboats to their highest capacity. The reason we brought up those two points again, is because it is completely odd that two or three dogs survived the tragedy. Now, we love animals, but how come dogs that were on the Titanic got on the lifeboats instead of people? It is surprising that two dogs were rescued because of the boats, meanwhile, hundreds of humans were left behind.
8 What Did It Take To Operate It?
If you're an eco-friendly person, then you might get heated up after you read this. When the Titanic was operating, as it was the most gigantic boat ever, what it took to operate it and get it going was abnormal.
Just to keep the Titanic going every day required burning about 600 tons of coal!
Why would they let that happen? On top of that, there was a team of 176 men who had to work excessively hard under terrible conditions to keep the fires burning. And that is not all: while the Titanic was in the Atlantic, over 100 tons of ash were ejected each day into the waters.
7 The Class Separation Was Saddening
If you are one who has dug into this shipwreck and found all the tidbits, you may know this. If not, you'll be shocked and surprised. On the Titanic, as we saw in James Cameron's phenomenal film, there were the different classes aboard, and the differences in the ways they were treated were made obvious.
Those aboard who were first class had all the luxury they wanted in posh suites and their own private bathrooms. However, at the other end of the spectrum were the third-class passengers, who only had two bathrooms to share among over 700 people―how absurd!
6 The Crew Was Uneven
On such a large ship, one that was three football fields long, it required a large staff. We know that there were over 2,200 people on board of all classes and nationalities, but what about the crew and staff? Keep in mind, this was the early 1900s, and there was an abundance of issues between the classes and gender.
With so much anticipation, the ship set sail with 885 crew members of whom ONLY 23 were women.
With so much staff required, how was the percentage of women tremendously little? It is baffling, even if women were only given stereotypical roles like housekeeping and cooking.
5 Another Man Alerted People Of The Hit
We will probably never get over the world's most devastating shipwreck, and more now that we know there were many little things that could have prevented it. Besides the Californian ship that was nearby and could have helped had they not disregarded the "flames in the sky," was a man named Artie Moore. Moore was a wireless radio operator who had his own radio equipment at home.
When Moore's home-made equipment picked up the Titanic’s signals calling for help, he instantly contacted the locals to let them know. What did they do? They rolled their eyes in disbelief.
4 It Was Supposed To Be A Celebration
We know that many got what everyone felt was a lucky ticket to board the Titanic to head to New York for a better life. But others were on the world's most gigantic boat for other reasons. As if the story of the supposed unsinkable ship is not sad enough, it gets even more heartbreaking.
Among the estimated 2,208 passengers on the boat, there were said to have been around 13-14 couples that were celebrating their wedded bliss.
Our hearts are heavier hearing this now, as these merry couples depended on the world's most grand ship to celebrate their new lives together.
3 Most Of Those Recovered Have No Name
We don't know which of these facts makes the Titanic shipwreck harder to swallow, but this one surely hits deep. It took time to get the record straight, but the official number of the dead was 1,503 passengers. With 2,208 passengers who boarded with hearts full of hopes and dreams, there were only 705 survivors.
Now, since it was way back when things were different, many people traveled under false names; people did this in hopes of the start of a new life. However, because of that and passengers coming from various countries, it was a difficult task to identify the bodies. Many bodies were buried without ever being identified―imagine that.
2 Children Left To Work And Never Returned
On that unfortunate April night, there were many lives taken away and gone too soon. There is no need to imagine what happened on that horrific night, because the facts speak for themselves. As we mentioned above, there were over 800 crew members on the gigantic ship, which is understandable since back then manual labor was much more necessary.
Well, of the 800-something male members that boarded to work on the ship, there were quite a few very young boys.
Forced to work at a very young age, as young as 14, they were appointed as bellboys. None made it out alive.
1 One Man Predicted It
Sometimes, we really must read and listen to the signs. There were quite a few things that could have prevented the tragedy, and we are even told that someone pictured this happening. Before the ship came along, American author Morgan Robertson wrote a novella titled The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility.
Now, it is obviously not "proven," but for him to have written a book in 1898 with the storyline including an enormous ship called the Titan hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic and completely sinking, it seems pretty coincidental.
And of all names, the ship was also "ironically" named the Titan. Also, in the novella, the Titan had few lifeboats―just like the Titanic, again.
Sources: Telegraph, Twenty-Two Words