Precisely at 2:20am on the 14th of April, 1912, the RMS Titanic struck a big iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean. For this reason, the ship took two and a half hours to sink. Additionally, out of the 2,200 passengers and crew only 705 were the survivors.
The tale of the Titanic has always been interesting to me since a young age. It could be a side effect of James Cameron’s epic film. But nevertheless I’ve read various books, read blogs and read personal interviews of what really happened the night it sank.
various people blame various things, majority blame Captain Edward J. Smith. While some blame the owner of White Star line at the time. It was J. Bruce Ismay who convinced the captain to bring the new engines of the ocean ship to its maximum limit before it had been broken. It was a feeling that Smith wanting to end his long career with a bang. And Ismay desiring to show off the ship by arriving early at its destination, New York.
After the catastrophic disaster the first International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea was established along with International Ice Patrol.
Here are a few facts that only a few people know:
- You must have seen that infamous band that played until the ship sank in the movie. Interestingly, that actually happened in real incident. In fact, they continued to play for hours, and sadly, none of them survived.
- The British newspaper the London Daily Mail published ‘Titanic Sinking; No Lives Lost’ after one day of sinking. They were assuming that everyone was safely aboard the Carpathia. However, the Carpathia only managed to rescue 705 passengers from 2,200.
- For the population of 700 third class passengers on the ship. There were only 2 bath tubs for sharing….
- As many folks know. The Carpathia was the first ship to reach the scene of the disaster an hour and a half after it occurred. Although, there was another ship on 20 miles further, the Californian. However, the ship’s radio operator was asleep and the crew were ignoring the flares in the sky from the Titanic. Accordingly, If they were responsive, it is possible there would have been many more survivors.
- The Titanic had an similar twin sister ship, the RMS Olympic. The Olympic was actually returning from New York on the same night when Titanic went down. It quickly responded to Titanic’s distress calls. But it was 500 miles away from the last position of the Titanic. Ultimately, the Carpathia had reached for the survivors of the Titanic. However, the captain was advising the Olympic to not continue on course to help the rescue mission. As they feared it would scare the passengers and the crew if they saw a mirror image ship which just sank.
More facts you never knew:
- The Olympic finished her service in 1935. Mainly after the Queen Mary was replacing her place as the largest British built liner in 1934. Later Olympic was sadly scrapped.
- From the 4 smoke stacks of the Titanic, only 3 of them were actually working. In fact, the 4th one was added for aesthetics. Mainly to make the ship appear more impressive.
- The RMS Titanic’s wreckage was not found till the 1st of September, 1985, By Dr. Robert Ballard. It took 73 years to discover it. Furthermore, the ship broke in two pieces on the night it sank. Later Ballard and his team found that the stern part of Titanic was 1970ft away from the bow section.
- The head baker was one of the survivor. He was swimming in the water for 2 hours until he was rescued. He managed to survive as he had consumed a large amount of alcohol.
- The Titanic had enough room in its lifeboats to evacuate everyone on the ship. However, they did not fill those boats entirely because of classism. It was mainly the women and children who were the survivors. While the upper classes were evacuated with extreme priority.
- The RMS Titanic is the only Ship ever to be sunk by an iceberg.