37 Facts About 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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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The main water supply was taken aboard while 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.

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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.

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

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Third Class accommodations included their own dining rooms, as well as public gathering areas including adequate open deck space, which aboard 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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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In 2022, Claes-Goran Wetterholm, an author and expert on the 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.

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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 Titanic; passengers described being in the middle of a vast white plain of ice, studded with icebergs.

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

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

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

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

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

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Since its initial discovery, the wreck of 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.

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Many artefacts from Titanic have been recovered from the sea bed by RMS Titanic Inc, which exhibits them in touring exhibitions around the world and in a permanent exhibition at the Luxor Las Vegas hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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

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

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

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The most financially successful by far has been James Cameron's 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.

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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.

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

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