It’s been 100 years since the Titanic went down, this month.
‘I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder.
I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel.
Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.’
Capt. E.J. Smith
Margaret,a passenger, was an American socialite, philanthropist and activist who help others into Lifeboat No. 6 after the Titanic struck the iceberg. She was eventually forced to board the lifeboat herself, and then urged the crew to return to look for other survivors. She became known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Her fame as a survivor helped her promote issues close to her heart – - workers and women’s rights, children’s education and literacy, and the well being of Titanic survivors.
For four magical days, the Titanic’s elite passengers reveled in every modern luxury known at the time.
During the early part of the 20th century, it was considered quite sophisticated for wealthy families to spend portions of their time in Europe which meant crossing the Atlantic at least once per year. Even to these jaded travelers, the Titanic ship was like no other. Not only was it the most impressive ship of its time draped in every luxury imaginable but so were its passengers.
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Miss Alice Elizabeth Fortune, a passenger on the Titantic, while sitting on the veranda of a hotel in Cairo, Egypt, was approached by a fortune teller who warned her “you are in danger every time you travel on the sea, for I see you adrift in an open boat.”
| The cost to build the RMS Titanic was $7.5 million
|Price of a single first-class ticket was $4,700. (equals $50,000 in today’s economy)
- ‘The oarsmen laid on their oars and all in the lifeboat were motionless as we watched her in absolute silence.
Save some who would not look and buried their heads on each other’s shoulders.’
It took 3,000 men two years to build the Titanic. Three million rivets held its massive hull together.
There were 6 ice warnings received by Titanic on the day of the collision. They were all ignored by the wireless operator who was preoccupied with transmitting passenger messages.
The iceberg that the Titanic struck was unusual in such a way that it was not white like most others, but more of a clear look caused by continuous melting. The clear surface in effect reflected the dark night sky and water like a mirror, thereby making it a black object, almost impossible to see from a certain distance. The term for this kind of iceberg is “blackberg”, and is similar to the black ice found on cold icy roads.
Murdoch had ordered the engines reversed which had, ironically, sealed the Titanic’s doom. Like all ships, the Titanic turned more quickly the greater her forward motion. Had the Titanic proceeded ahead and turned, it is most likely that she would have avoided hitting the iceberg all together.
The ship could have stayed afloat had only four compartments flooded… Five became flooded.
There were 472 lifeboat seats not used
The temperature of the Atlantic at the time of sinking was 31 degrees. This temperature was the biggest cause of death among the population.
One of the last songs the band reportedly played before their death was, “Songe d’Automne
As the ship was sinking, the stern rose out of the water, and broke into two pieces between the third and fourth funnels.
The Titanic lies 12,600 feet (over 2.33 miles) at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
The two pieces of the Titanic lay 1,970 feet apart from one another on the ocean floor.
Since the death of Millvina Dean, May 31st of 2009, there are no longer any living survivors of the Titanic tragedy. Millvina Dean was just nine weeks old at the time of the Titanic‘s sinking.
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