The sinking of the Titanic is an event that has left an indelible
mark on the face of modern humanity.
Though the tragedy occurred more than 100 years ago,
the average citizen still knows about the supposed unsinkable ship
but few people know what really occurred on board.
Today we are looking at the
Top 10 Strangest Facts About The Titanic
10. John Jacob Astor IV
(The Richest Person On Board)
It’s well documented that the Titanic had
many rich Patriots because of the unsinkable ships notoriety,
the worlds ultra wealthy lined up to get on board,
this include An American businessman named John Jacob Astor IV.
Not only was he the richest man on board he is widely believed to be the richest living person
then at the time,
his net worth at the time of his death was $87 million it’s equivalent to $2.3 billion
When adjusted for inflation.
Astor left behind a number of accomplishments, he was a decorated military veteran and also write
a popular science fiction novel called
“a journey to other worlds”
like generations of astors before him he also made millions in real estate.
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9. Astoria Hotels
in 1997, Astor build the Astoria Hotels.
It was named as the world’s most luxurious hotel in New York City,
adjoining the Waldorf hotel owned by Astor’s cousin and rival William.
The complex became known as the Waldorf Astoria and it’s still one of the most iconic hotels in the
world more than 100 years later. Tragically Astor perished with his dog kitty,
his wife and unborn child who were on board managed to survive
and inherited his prodigious wealth.
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8. Lucky Unlucky Violet Jossep
Violet Jossep is either the luckiest or the unluckiest woman in the world
depending on your perception, she was a British nurse who grew up in Argentina,
she was 24 when she first boarded the Titanic where she was working as a nurse,
Jossep was not quite Asleep when the Titanic hit the iceberg, she later wrote
“I was ordered up on deck calmly, passengers strolled about
and stood at the bulkhead with the other stewardesses,
watching the women cling to their husbands before being put into the boats with their children”
After eight hours Jossep became one of the small percentage
of Titanic passengers and crew rescued by the Carpathian.
Four years later she was on board the Titanic sistership the Britannic,
when it sank in the AGNC due to an unexplained explosion.
Britannic sank within 55 minutes killing 30 out of the 1066 people on board.
British authorities hypothesized that the ship was either struck by torpedo
or hidden mines planted by German forces,
remarkably Jossep survived both of these capsized ships that were once believed to be unsinkable,
in addition she had been on board RMS Olympic, the eldest of the three sisters ships,
when it collided with the British warship called the HMS Hawk though it didn’t sink,
it was remarkable that she was on board all three unlucky ships.
7. James Cameron And The Titanic Movie
Back before James Cameron was known as one of the most successful filmmakers of all time,
he was a sci-fi film maker attempting to create a big budget blockbuster about
a cruise ship sinking 100 years Ago.
The film was titled Titanic and it quickly became the most popular movie in history.
When Titanic came out in 1997 it was the highest grossing film of all
time with a worldwide box office of over $1.8 billion,
it was the most viewed movie ever but the film was not cheap to produce either,
it cost a whopping $200 million which essentially in 1990s money was a ton of cash,
today this would be equivalent to $360 million But even more amazing is the fact of the movie was
that the movie was more expensive to produce than the original Titanic was to build.
it was constructed in 1912 for a total cost of $7.5 million
even adjusted for inflation that is just $190 Million,
a full 10 million short of James Cameron’s budget.
However, Camerons endeavor turned out to be much more successful
than that of the unfortunate ship of the same name.
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6. The Ship Wreckage
Despite the fact that the Titanic was the largest ship ever constructed at the time of sinking,
It still took 73 years to find its wreckage, understandably the ocean is vast
and even after numerous dedicated rescue missions, the public never knew where it actually rested.
In the end, authorities gave up and many decades passed before the
Titanic was discovered by accident.
The 1985 discovery of the Titanic stand from a secret United States Navy investigation of two
wrecked nuclear submarines according to the oceanographer who found the infamous ocean liner,
essentially, the discovery was part of a top secret mission during the
Cold War of the Navy was sworn to secrecy on the matter until recently.
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5. Robert Ballard
On September 1 1985,a joint American French expedition headed by famous American
oceanography doctor Ballad found
the Titanic over 2 miles below the ocean surface by using a man made submersible called Argo.
This discovery gave new meaning to the
Titanic sinking and gave birth to new dreams in ocean exploration.
The initial purpose of the trip was to discover if there was any nuclear waste leftover from two
nearby submarines but in the end the mission was fruitful
and later the most famous underwater discovery in history.
4. Deadly Disaster
It’s no secret that the sinking of the Titanic was a deadly disaster,
but the truth is that the vast majority of the passengers died in the wreckage,
over 1500 people died in the Maritime disaster while 705 individuals survived.
A Researcher crunch the numbers breaking down the demographics of the survivors,
he found out that 97% of the 144 female first class passengers were rescued while
only 32% of their 175 male counterparts were saved.
Ultimately he found Male second class passengers fear
the worst in terms of survival with only 14 out of 168 making it out alive,
the total survival rate for women were 74% while the male survival rate was 20%.
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3. Family Pets On board
Another Terrible Tragedy is that the boat hosted many family pets.
Though their quarters were opened after the ship begin to sink
only two of them managed to survive.
For one passenger named Elizabeth Isham this may have led to her own demise,
legend states that Elizabeth died because she did not want to leave
behind her great Dane after the ship began to sink.
A woman was reportedly sighted in the water with her arms frozen around her dog,
in the end she was only one of four first-class women who perished.
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2. The Youngest Person On Board
Eliza Gladis Novena Dean was a British civil servant cartographer
and the last survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
At two months old, she was also the youngest passenger on board,
her parents had decided to leave England for America with her father
having family in Kansas and hoped to open a tobacco shop.
The Danes were not chosen to be aboard the Titanic,
but because of a coal strike they were transferred to the ship
and boarded it as third class passengers at Southampton.
The father felt a crunch of the ships collision with the iceberg on the night of the 14th arrival in
1912 and went up to investigate and he returned
to the cabin telling his wife to dress the children and go up on deck,
though she doesn’t remember it,
Dean and her mother and siblings survived while her father perished in the tragic accident.
As soon as Dean reached the shore, reporters crowded her,
Hoping to snap a photo of the Titanic infant,
almost 100 years later she passed away at her senior home in England.
In the final years of her life, her housing bills were paid by Leo DiCaprio,
Kate Winslet and James Cameron.
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1. The Titanic Sheep
The Titanic was a singular ship with some crazy statistics to back it up
for example the ship was 883 feet long burned 800 and Five tons of coal
a day and used more than 10,000 light bulbs.
Though many people perished during the crash, there were actually two workers who passed away
during construction, in addition the anchor was so heavy that it took 20 horses to transport it.
The Titanic had a maximum capacity of 3500 passengers though
they were roughly 2300 on board when it sank,
of these they were 13 honeymoon couples,
this was not a very festive way to celebrate their marriage.
The life boats had a capacity of 65 people, though they were only 28 on the first boat.
The Titanic was equipped to carry 65 lifeboats but it
only had 20 on board because they assumed they would never need them.
On board they were 1000 bottles of Wine and 40,000 fresh eggs and amazing
14,000 gallons of drinking water was drunk every day.
miraculously the Titanic received six iceberg warnings
before finally colliding with a massive icy monolith,
30 Percent of the passengers survived but 53%
could have survived if the boat was properly prepared.
The ship currently rests at 12,600 feet below sea level, the Titanic was the largest
ship in the world for its time, it was longer than the Famous Lusitania built in 1906
by more than 100 feet.
The Lusitania itself was 790 feet in length before construction of the ship three births of the Belfast
shipyard had to be modified to accommodate the Titanic
To sisterships the Britannic and the Olympic,
also across the Atlantic,
modifications had to be made to the pier in New York City harbour to receive these large ships.
The Titanic and it sisterships did not hold the distinction of being
the largest ships for long even though they were 883 feet from bow to stone.
The current largest ship in the world absolutely dwarfs the
Titanic with 18 decks and seven neighborhoods.
symphony of the seas is the world’s largest cruise ship at 1188 feet,
it’s more than 300 feet longer than the Titanic and can have an excess of 5000 more people.