Facts about the RMS Titanic

It & its sister ship Olympic were the first ocean liners to have a swimming pool & a gym. She had a French Cafe with French Chefs. It had four Parlour Suites, the most expensive cabins. Each was 50 feet in length. Two of them had their own promenade deck. A few years before Titanic was built, a book was written called "The Titan", about a ship that was proclaimed "unsinkable" hit an iceberg & sank with only enough lifeboats for half onboard. The author went down with Titanic. The first class passengers would go to the top of the grand staircase on Adeck, even if their staterooms were on C-deck, & go down them to go to dinner. The Titanic was called: "The Unsinkable" "The Millionaires' Special", she was also called "The Wonder Ship, "The ship of Dreams", & "The Last World in Luxury". The Titanic had three propellers; the middle one was 16 feet across, & the other two were over 23 feet across. The boilers of the Titanic were over 15 feet high. The fourth funnel was fake. The smoke came from the galleries. There was 29 boilers; each weighing nearly 100 tons. The Titanic had a great triple-toned whistle. The largest ever built. Workers loaded 5,892 tons of coal aboard the Titanic for her maiden voyage. She burned 690 tons per day. Stokers were working day & night shovelling coal into the boilers that created the steam that drove the giant reciprocating engines. The Titanic was about 882.6 feet long, & 92.5 feet broad. The height from the keel, to the top of the funnels was 175 feet. Titanic had 9 decks; she was as high as an eleven-story building. There were 4 elevators, 3 in first Class & 1 in second Class. This was the first boat to have an elevator for second Class. Displacement for the Titanic was 66,000 tons. The ship weighed 46,328 tons. The hull weighed 26,000 tons. The rudder weighed 20,250 lbs. 23 tons of soap, grease, & train oil were used to slide the Titanic into the water. The whole process took only sixty-two seconds for the Titanic to complete her journey down the ways. The Titanic travelled twice her length, reaching the speed of 12 knots, before coming to a stop by six anchor chains & 2 piles of cable drag chains weighting 80 tons each.

The anchor of the Titanic had a mass of 15.5 tons. They needed 20 horses to pull the anchor. Her 3 enormous anchors weighed a total of 31 tons. Each chain link weighed about 175 lbs. During its construction an astonishing 3 million rivets had been hammered into her hull. For her maiden voyage, she carried enough food to feed a small town for several months. More than 15,000 people built the Titanic. She was the largest moving object that had been constructed at that time. If placed upright, the Titanic would have been taller than any of the buildings of her day. Her width was about equal to the height of a tennis court. The 4 funnels were so big that 2 trains could go inside. On May 31, 1911, the hull of the Titanic was launched at the Harland & Wolff shipyards in Belfast, Ireland, before a cheering crowd of 100,000. The people that reserved the B51 Suite (one of the best suites), which had 3 rooms & its own promenade, paid almost $4,350 (in 1912) for it. The 325 richest people of the world were in the first class. JP Morgan, the ship's owner, cancelled his trip right before it left Southampton. Cost of the Titanic (in 1912): $7,500,000. ($400,000,000 today) The movie Titanic made enough money to build two new Titanic’s. The wealthiest passenger aboard was Colonel John Jacob Astor, with a fortune estimated at around 100 million dollars. He did not survive. There were 2,223 people aboard; passengers & crew. The Titanic was built to carry 3,547 passengers. Titanic almost crashed into the liner "New York" in Southampton. If Titanic had gone straight into the iceberg head on, it wouldn't have punctured 5 of their watertight rooms. One lifeboat only had 12 people, and despite the "women and children first" order; only two women (Lady Duff Gordon & her secretary) were in it. Titanic was never christened. Titanic received 6 iceberg warnings that day but, Captain Smith had ignored them. Even though "Nearer My God To Thee" is what is played in the movie, no one knows for sure what song the band play in those final moments, some have even said that they didn't play at all! The band played happy songs to cheer the passengers & continued playing until the sinking of Titanic. Titanic only had enough lifeboats for about half the people onboard, more than required by law.

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