The Titanic Never Sank – “I looked up from my lifeboat to the ship and I saw souls beginning to fall from her, like oranges into the sea…” – Unsinkable Molly Brown.
I am a lover of history, events & love to really dig down into ‘what actually happened’. I have never been more obsessed with anything in my entire life other than the Titanic. I love underwater photos but I am scared of water in its mightiest depths & rage. I debunk superstitions as much as I love to hold on to them. A general believe we all have about the Titanic is that God sank her because the builder said
“This? She is unsinkable! God Himself cannot sink this ship…”
I believed it for years until I threw it off and thought “what if God actually laughed the foolishness of men off & forgave the fool that instant but the Ship sank due to other reasons? I investigated.
100 years before the Titanic was built, an ancient author wrote a book about A ship called the “Titan” that sank on its maiden (first) voyage. 100 years later, a mighty ship (in fact, the mightiest ship ever built then) called the “Titanic” was built.
You might not know these facts about the Titanic:
1. Titanic is longer than 2 standard football stadiums in length.
2. She has (I use ‘has’ because she is still existing under the ocean) more than 10,000(ten thousand) light bulbs on her.
3. There were many love stories too, like the story of Isidor Straus and his wife, Ida, the owners of Macy’s Department Store, New York.
Once it was clear Titanic was sinking, Ida refused to leave Isidor and would not get into a lifeboat without him, apparently stating, “I will not be separated from my husband. As we have lived, so will we die, together.”
Although Isidor was offered a seat in a lifeboat to accompany Ida, he refused, while there were still women and children on board.
Isidor gave their seat on the lifeboat to their maid (who survived) and went back to their cabin, cuddled on the bed as the ship went down. If you have seen the movie, you will remember this scene I am talking about. Their statues are in their shopping mall till this day as they cuddled on the bed.
4. The American businessman, who upon realising the ship was going down, reputedly changed into his evening wear alongside his valet and remarked: “We’ve dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen.”
The two were last spotted on deck chairs drinking brandy and smoking cigars.
5. The cost of a first-class ticket is estimated to equate to at least €89,000 in today’s currency.
6. There were 15,000 bottles of beer on board the Titanic and 10,000 bottles of wine. The first-class passengers’ last supper consisted of 11 courses – including consommé, cream of barley soup, a fish course, two meat courses, foiegras, three desserts, and a cheeseboard.
7. According to the Belfast List, 2,225 people boarded the Titanic. Of those, 1,317 were passengers and 908 people were members of the crew. Only 713 people survived.
8. It took approx. 3,000 men nearly three years to build the Titanic. Three million rivets( a short metal pin or bolt for holding together two plates of metal, its headless end being beaten out or pressed down when in place.) held its massive hull together.
9. More than 1,000 men shoveled charcoal into her massive engines tirelessly.
You see, the Captain of the ship then thought it cool to see the Ship in her glory, he ordered that the ship ran on full speed (12 knots) to the excitement of the passengers. Now a ship as such running at full speed isn’t easy to stop, turn or reversed. You need a great deal of slowing down to do.
This was one of the factors that led to her sinking. Ironically, theorists have submitted that if she had hit the iceberg head on, there would have been little or no damage, because she had a very powerful hull that would have likely crushed the iceberg, but the turning revealed the side of the ship, her MOST vulnerable part, and the ice dented (bent) it, allowing water into her water-tight compartments. The ice didn’t cut her as generally believed.
Another factor was racial discrimination. If you are black and you happen to be on that ship that night, it’s best to go down with the ship because you got no place on the lifeboats. There were 10 decks on the Titanic, DECK A, B, C, D & E etc. Of course, A for the wealthy folks. So it was women and children of decks A to C first before the men of A-C came, then the least of them… D & E and so on. A lifeboat could take 68 people but with 26 inside it would be placed on the sea to row off. The ship took approximately 2 hours 40 minutes to sink, enough time to save them all, but man will be a man.
When your ship is sinking and you fire red flares into the sky, other ships on the sea would come to your rescue because you signaled “In danger”. Titanic fired white flares and white flares in the Navy signifies… “I am experimenting/testing here, go away”
…and her wish was granted.
The sinking of the RMS Titanic occurred on the night of 14 April through to the morning of 15 April 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean, four days into the ship’s maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The largest passenger liner in service at the time, Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when she struck an iceberg at around 23:40 (ship’s time) on Sunday, 14 April 1912. Her sinking two hours and forty minutes later at 02:20 (05:18 GMT) on Monday, 15 April resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, which made it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
Shocking revelations on Titanic. Amongst other things you should know is that:
1. There was no ACTUAL Jack & Rose on the ship.
They are fictional. James Cameron(the producer of Titanic & the widely watched ‘Avatar’) only wanted to show the sinking of the ship, so he taught Jack & Rose would be an amazing ingredient to stir the emotion of the viewers.
2. A cook on the ship(Charles John Joughin(3 August 1878 – 9 December 1956) was the chief bakeraboard the RMS Titanic. He survived the ship’s sinking and became notable for having survived in the frigid water for an exceptionally long time before being pulled onto the overturned Collapsible B lifeboat with virtually no ill effects.) drank his last gulp of gin as he went down with the ship. He survived. Because the gin kept his internal organs warm & working. Others froze to death in minutes.
3. A Japanese Survivor (who apparently was the only Japanese person on the ship) was mocked by the Japanese people. They said he ought to have gone down with the ship like a hero.
4. Titanic has swimming pools, gyms, cigar rooms, a ball and theater on board…. She is HUGE!
5. She has 4 boilers (exhaust pipes or silencers). But only 3 of them actually carries smoke from the engines. The last one was for the kitchen.
6. A Legend as she is, the United States Government once opted to bring her out of the ocean as a tourist destination for the world. But critics have prevented that as they argued that she serves as a tomb for thousands & that they should be left undisturbed.
7. The ship burned around 600 tonnes of coal a day – hand shoveled into its furnaces by a team of 176 men. Almost 100 tonnes of ash was ejected into the sea every 24 hours.
8. The ship’s interiors were loosely inspired by those at the Ritz hotel in London. Facilities on board included a gym, pool, Turkish bath, a kennel for first class dogs, and a squash court. It even had its own on-board newspaper – the Atlantic Daily Bulletin.
9. There were 20,000 bottles of beer on board, 1,500 bottles of wine and 8,000 cigars – all for the use of first-class passengers.
10. The Grand Staircase on board descended down seven of the ship’s 10 decks and featured oak paneling, bronze cherubs, and paintings. Replicas can be found at the Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri.
11. Only 16 wooden lifeboats and four collapsible boats were carried, enough to accommodate 1,178 people. That’s only one-third of Titanic’s total capacity, but more than legally required.
12. There were 246 injuries and two deaths recorded during the ship’s 26-month construction in Belfast.
13. Twenty horses were required to carry the main anchor.
14. 100,000 people turned up to see the ship’s launch on May 31, 1911.
15. 22 tons of soap and tallow (rendered beef or mutton fat) were smeared on the slipway to assist its unhindered passage into the River Lagan.
16. The ship made two stops after leaving Southampton – at Cherbourg in northern France, and Cobh (then Queenstown) in Ireland.
17. Of the 885 crew on board, just 23 were female. 699 boarded in Southampton, and four in 10 were natives of the English town.
18. The last supper served to first-class passengers consisted of 11 courses.
19. First-class passengers were given a music book containing 352 songs. Musicians on board were required to know them all, in case requests were made.
20. John Jacob Astor IV was the richest passenger on board, with a net worth of around $85m (approximately $2bn today), and went down with the ship. One legend claims that after the ship hit the iceberg he quipped to a waiter: “I asked for ice, but this is ridiculous”.
21. Another notable victim was Benjamin Guggenheim, an American businessman. Realising that the ship was going down, he and his valet, Victor Giglio, reputedly changed into their evening wear while he remarked: “We’ve dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen.” They were last spotted on deck chairs drinking brandy and smoking cigars.
22. Noel Leslie, the Countess of Rothes, was also on board but survived. She is mentioned in an episode of Downton Abbey. “Isn’t this terrible? When you think how excited Lucy Rothes was at the prospect,” remarks the Countess of Grantham when she hears of the disaster.
23. Two of the nine dogs on board were rescued – a Pomeranian and a Pekinese.
24. Numerous people held tickets for the journey but did not actually sail, including Milton S. Hershey, founder of the chocolate firm, Guglielmo Marconi, and Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, who died on the RMS Lusitania three years later.
25. The last remaining survivor of the disaster, Millvina Dean, died on May 31, 2009, aged 97. She was two months old at the time.
26. The iceberg was spotted at 11.40pm on April 14, 1912, by lookout Frederick Fleet, who proclaimed: “Iceberg! Right ahead!” Fleet survived the disaster and was a lookout on the RMS Oceanic during the Twenties, before serving in the Second World War. Pranksters placed a pair of binoculars on his grave in 2012 with a note saying: “Sorry they’re 100 years too late”.
27. The iceberg was around 100 feet tall and came from a glacier in Greenland.
28. Just 37 seconds elapsed between the sighting of the iceberg and the collision.
29. First Officer William McMaster Murdoch ordered the ship to turn, but it was too large to do so in time. It has been suggested that the ship would not have sunk if it hit the iceberg head-on. Murdoch went down with the ship; a memorial to him is found in his hometown of Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland.
30. Edward Smith, the ship’s captain, also went down with the vessel. His last words were: “Well boys, you’ve done your duty and done it well. I ask no more of you. I release you. You know the rule of the sea. It’s every man for himself now, and God bless you.” A statue of him can be seen in Lichfield, Staffordshire.
31. The ship received six warnings about icebergs during the voyage.
32. A lifeboat drill, scheduled for April 14, was canceled for unknown reasons.
33. The ship broke in two at around 2.20am on April 15, and sunk, sending all remaining passengers into the ocean. The temperature would have been -2°C – few would have survived longer than 15 minutes in the water, while around one in five would have died within two minutes from cold shock.
34. Charles Joughin, however, the ship’s baker, reportedly trod water for two hours before being rescued with little ill-effects. He claimed he had not felt the cold due to the amount of whiskey he had drunk.
35. Twenty-six of those on board were honeymooning couples.
36. Musicians played for two hours and five minutes as the ship sank.
37. The SS Californian was criticized for ignoring the Titanic’s distress signals. She was sunk herself three years later by a German submarine.
38. The RMS Carpathia arrived at 4am and transported the survivors to New York. 40,000 greeted its arrival at Pier 54.
39. Only 306 bodies were found. The dead were taken to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Its Maritime Museum has a dedicated section that includes a deck chair recovered from the wreck, mortuary bags, and the shoes of an unknown victim.
40. The wreck of the Titanic was discovered in 1985 and lies 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, around 12,500 feet below the surface. The marine dive specialists Deep Ocean Expeditions previously offered trips to the wreck using a Mir submersible chartered from the Russian Academy of Sciences – with berths costing $59,000 – but stopped offering them in 2012.
41. The bow penetrated 18 metres into the seabed.
42. Dozens of films and documentaries have been made about the disaster, the most controversial of which was commissioned by Joseph Goebbels in 1943. Its plot discredited British and American businessmen and features brave German passengers. The epilogue states: “The deaths of 1,500 people remain un-atoned, forever a testament to Britain’s endless quest for profit.”
43. James Cameron’s 1997 effort is undoubtedly the most successful – it has grossed more than $2bn and won 11 Oscars.
44. The film’s main theme song – My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion – was the biggest selling single of 1998 and has been covered by Neil Diamond, Sarah Brightman, Kenny G (instrumental) – and Miss Piggy from the Muppets.
In less than 98 years, Titanic would cease to exist because underwater rodents would have totally consumed her iron body & what would be left would be the rusty floor she laid on as a sign that she used to be there.
Conclusively, another Titanic has been built, an exact replica of her sister underwater today, but having an electric engine & will set sail next year, 2019.
Are we done with the Titanic?
TITANIC: THE SHIP THAT NEVER SANK
We are all aware that there was a ship called the Titanic?
We know she was big and massive & is a legend of the waters till forever?
Well, sorry to burst your bubbles, but she had a 98.99% identical ship called the “Olympic”.
Theorists submit that
White Star Line (the owners of the Olympic & Titanic) owned the Olympic (been in service for a year) first but then, Olympic had an accident, she crashed into another ship and sustained a major damage to her bulkhead. The accident was so huge that it would cost White Star Line a huge fortune to fix the Olympic.
So they built another ship called the Titanic looking exactly like the Olympic but with slight differences that you might never notice if you don’t observe with the inner eye. The plan was to swap the Olympic for the Titanic, send the Olympic into the waters & deliberately collide it with a berg, sink it, save the people with the lifeboats and gain millions & millions from the insurance scheme over the sunken Olympic & still keep the fresh & new Titanic & as such they would lose nothing.
J.P Morgan received $12.5Million (which will be a whopping $160Million in today’s money) 5 days before Titanic sailed as the insurance cup was increased in payout. When the surviving crew members arrived at New York as they were rescued by the Carpathian ship, they were met by two men (one in a high government position & the other a top ranking officer of white star line) made them sign a secret oat to remain silent over the incident or risk going to jail for 20 years & not getting a job when they got out. They obliged & signed.
One of the crew members by the name James Fedding (aka Padding the pig) related this many years after as the psychological trauma of having to hide a big secret affected his sanity & his friends who signed the official secret oath alongside him.
12 lifeboats were recovered from the entire crash, and one (which I would call the unfortunate 13th) was discovered to have had the name “Olympic” on it but covered with fresh painting. This was many years after the sinking as the lifeboats were given out as souvenirs in the war and occupants afterward dismantled the boats & they bore the name “Olympic” not “Titanic”.
It is now very okay to believe that a ship did sink, killing 1,500+ people, but the ship resting in the bottom of the ocean is the “Olympic” not “Titanic”. There was a last minute swap.
Mr Ismay (designer of the ships) was on board but his wife (reported sick) & children canceled the trip at the last minute and didn’t travel. J.P Morgan also canceled his trip the last minute & had expensive valuables removed from the “Titanic” from the ship & reported sick too. He was later captured by pressmen in a pub with his mistress two days later.
When the Olympic was built, she was tested in the waters for two days, “Titanic” was tested for just one day and not on full speed like the Olympic was. Titanic wasn’t opened to the press for inspection & reviews and critics.
The Titanic never sank.