37 Facts About RMS Titanic


RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner, operated by the White Star Line, which sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after striking an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK, to New York City, United States.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,033

RMS Titanic's was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,034

RMS Titanic was under the command of Captain Edward Smith, who went down with the ship.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,035

RMS Titanic had advanced safety features, such as watertight compartments and remotely activated watertight doors, contributing to its reputation as "unsinkable".

FactSnippet No. 1,365,036

RMS Titanic was equipped with 16 lifeboat davits, each capable of lowering three lifeboats, for a total of 48 boats; she carried only 20 lifeboats, four of which were collapsible and proved hard to launch while she was sinking.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,037

RMS Titanic was based on a revised version of the same design and was given the number 401.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,038

RMS Titanic was equipped with three main engines—two reciprocating four-cylinder, triple-expansion steam engines and one centrally placed low-pressure Parsons turbine—each driving a propeller.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,039

RMS Titanic lacked a searchlight in accordance with the ban on the use of searchlights in the merchant navy.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,040

The main water supply was taken aboard while RMS Titanic was in port, but in an emergency, the ship could distil fresh water from seawater, though this was not a straightforward process as the distillation plant quickly became clogged by salt deposits.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,041

RMS Titanic was laid out in a much lighter style similar to that of contemporary high-class hotels—the Ritz Hotel was a reference point—with First Class cabins finished in the Empire style.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,042

Third Class accommodations aboard RMS Titanic were not as luxurious as First or Second Class, but even so, were better than on many other ships of the time.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,043

Third Class accommodations included their own dining rooms, as well as public gathering areas including adequate open deck space, which aboard RMS Titanic comprised the Poop Deck at the stern, the forward and aft well decks, and a large open space on D Deck which could be used as a social hall.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,044

RMS Titanic was equipped with eight electric cranes, four electric winches and three steam winches to lift cargo and baggage in and out of the holds.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,045

RMS Titanic had 16 sets of davits, each able to handle four lifeboats as Carlisle had planned.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,046

The most noticeable exterior difference was that RMS Titanic had a steel screen with sliding windows installed along the forward half of the A Deck promenade.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,047

An hour later, RMS Titanic departed Belfast to head to Southampton, a voyage of about 570 nautical miles .

FactSnippet No. 1,365,048

RMS Titanic had around 885 crew members on board for her maiden voyage.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,049

Usually, a high prestige vessel like RMS Titanic could expect to be fully booked on its maiden voyage.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,050

The strike had finished a few days before RMS Titanic sailed; however, that was too late to have much of an effect.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,051

RMS Titanic's headed for the French port of Cherbourg, a journey of 77 nautical miles .

FactSnippet No. 1,365,052

RMS Titanic received a series of warnings from other ships of drifting ice in the area of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, but Captain Edward Smith ignored them.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,053

RMS Titanic began sinking bow-first, with water spilling from compartment to compartment as her angle in the water became steeper.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,054

In 2022, Claes-Goran Wetterholm, an author and expert on the RMS Titanic, argued it was "not true" that women and children survived thanks to the gallantry of men; of the last survivors escaping on the final lifeboats leaving the starboard side of the ship, he said, the majority were men.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,055

Carpathia captain described the place as an ice field that had included 20 large bergs measuring up to 200 feet high and numerous smaller bergs, as well as ice floes and debris from RMS Titanic; passengers described being in the middle of a vast white plain of ice, studded with icebergs.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,056

RMS Titanic's was able to pass news to the outside world by wireless about what had happened.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,057

Later that day, confirmation came through that RMS Titanic had been lost and that most of her passengers and crew had died.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,058

RMS Titanic got news of Titanics loss, Captain Lord was notified, and the ship set out to render assistance.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,059

RMS Titanic's arrived well after Carpathia had already picked up all the survivors.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,060

RMS Titanic was long thought to have sunk in one piece and, over the years, many schemes were put forward for raising the wreck.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,061

Team discovered that RMS Titanic had in fact split apart, probably near or at the surface, before sinking to the seabed.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,062

Since its initial discovery, the wreck of RMS Titanic has been revisited on numerous occasions by explorers, scientists, filmmakers, tourists and salvagers, who have recovered thousands of items from the debris field for conservation and public display.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,063

The wreck of the RMS Titanic falls under the scope of the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,064

RMS Titanic has gone down in history as the ship that was called unsinkable.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,065

RMS Titanic's is commemorated by monuments for the dead and by museums exhibiting artefacts from the wreck.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,066

The most financially successful by far has been James Cameron's RMS Titanic, which became the highest-grossing film in history up to that time, as well as the winner of 11 Oscars at the 70th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Cameron.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,067

RMS Titanic disaster was commemorated through a variety of memorials and monuments to the victims, erected in several English-speaking countries and in particular in cities that had suffered notable losses.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,068

Once a sensitive story, RMS Titanic is considered one of Northern Ireland's most iconic and uniting symbols.

FactSnippet No. 1,365,069