In this article, you can read some interesting facts about the Titanic and its terrible fate.
RMS Titanic was the world’s largest cruise liner when it left on his inaugural trip from Southampton, England to New York, on April 10, 1912. Three days after leaving, at 23:40, on April 14, 1912, the ship collided with an iceberg and sank at 2:30 the next morning; 1514 people out of 2224 have lost their lives in one of the world’s most terrible maritime disasters in history. This historical tragedy captured the curiosity of many artists who depicted this event in many Titanic art paintings. Here are some interesting facts about the Titanic that you may not know already.
- The Titanic could have been saved if the order given by the service officer-that is, to change the course of the ship-was not delayed for 30 seconds from the time of the iceberg’s detection (the famous 30 seconds that sunk the Titanic!). It should also be noted that the Titanic was equipped with an acoustic detector for water obstacles.
- Masabumi Hosono, the only Japanese passenger on the Titanic, survived the sinking of the ship but was considered a coward and persecuted in his native country by public opinion and even by the Japanese government, for being rescued and not having died with the other passengers.
- Milton Snavely Hershey, the founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, canceled its last reservation due to business problems. Although he paid a 10% advance on the ticket, Hershey had to leave earlier in America and board the German ship America (this was one of the ships that sent ice warnings on the route).
- Charles John Joughin, the Titanic baker, was “fortified” with alcohol and thus managed to survive for 2 hours in frozen water, until he was rescued.
- Most of the rescue boats were not occupied at their maximum capacity, remaining half empty. The first boat was launched with only 12 passengers on board, although the boats have been tested to carry 70 people. Only 710 people had access to the 20 available rescue boats. The rest of 1514 died in the frozen water of the Atlantic. The 20 boats would not have been enough for all the people on the Titanic, but they could have carried about 1400 people.
- A large number of men died due to the “women and children first” protocol, which was applied.
- Titanic was the only passenger ship that had ever been sunk by an iceberg.
- The first-class orchestra continued to sing on the deck, attempting to calm the passengers until the ship disappeared into the ocean. This fact has remained in history and all members of the orchestra were considered heroes.
- The last survivor of the Titanic, Millvina Dean, died in 2009 at the age of 97. Millvina Dean was 9 weeks old when her parents (English emigrants who traveled to Kansas, United States of America) brought her on board. Millvina Dean did not marry and had no children.
- An evacuation exercise had been planned for Titanic just the day before the disaster. It was meant for training the passengers about what to do in an emergency situation. The exercise was canceled.
- This small list of interesting facts about the Titanic could not end without mentioning that the iceberg that sunk the Titanic began its journey around 1000 BC…