In April 1912, the Titanic, one of the most luxurious and safe ships ever built, hit an iceberg and sank off the coast of Newfoundland, taking more than 1,500 lives.
At that time, the Titanic was the world’s largest passenger ship and was on its maiden voyage, headed from Southampton, England, to New York City. After 70 years of disaster, the wreck of Titanic was discovered in 1985 during a US military mission. The Titanic was split in two and is gradually disintegrating at a depth of 12,415 feet.
It is rumored that the crew of the ship didn’t spot the iceberg in time and this is because they didn’t have binoculars. An official 1912 inquiry found that only 37 seconds elapsed between actually seeing the iceberg, calling downstairs, and deciding what course of action to take.
Around thousands of artifacts have been recovered and displayed at museums around the world. The giant Titanic has become one of the most famous ships in history, portrayed in numerous works of popular culture, including books, folk songs, films, exhibits, and memorials. Furthermore, the Titanic is the second largest ocean liner wreck in the world.
However, the Titanic and its passengers still hold secrets and little-known facts that might surprise you.
Silent Film Actress Dorothy Gibson, One of the 700 Survivors of the Collision
The silent film American actress, Dorothy Gibson, was aboard the Titanic and survived. She was starred in a film named ‘Saved from the Titanic’. The film was released just one month after the Titanic sank.
While arriving in New York City safe, the actress immediately began filming ‘Saved from the Titanic’. This film was the first to depict the events of the sinking.
The film was released in May 1912. Dorothy Gibson is also famous for wearing the same clothes and shoes in the movie as she had worn during the actual sinking.
Lawrence Beesley tried to crash the filming of ‘A Night to Remember’
Lawrence Beesley is another survivor of the Titanic and tried to crash the filming of a 1958 film ‘A Night to Remember’ because he wanted to symbolically go down with the ship.
Lawrence Beesley was on the set of ‘A Night to Remember’. This film is said to be the most accurate of all Titanic films.
Lawrence Beesley supposedly tried to jump into the scene portraying Titanic’s sinking. He was a survivor of the second class. He also wrote a memoir about his experience entitled ‘The Loss of the SS Titanic.’
Third-Class Passengers Had to Share Two Bathtubs
About 700 third-class passengers had to share two bathtubs. The third-class accommodations on the Titanic were much better than those on an average ship but they were still pretty rough. Around 700-1000 third-class passengers boarded on the ship and they all had to share two bathtubs.
One of the Titanic’s Musicians Wasn’t Officially Declared Dead Until 2000.
Roger Bricoux was the Titanic’s cello player. He was just 21 years old when he got freeze during the ship’s sinking.
Though all of the ship’s musicians died on April 15, 1912, but Roger Bricoux wasn’t officially declared dead until 2000.
Titanic’s Lookouts Had to Rely on Their Eyesight Alone
The binoculars of the ship were locked inside a cabinet that no one could find the key to. The lookouts of the ship didn’t have access to binoculars during the journey, and therefore couldn’t see very far.
The second officer of the ship was replaced at the last minute and unfortunately, he forgot to hand off the key to the locker that contained the ship’s binoculars. However, the key came up at auction in 2010 and was sold for over $130,000.
Plagued by the Tragedy from the Start
It is rumored that the Titanic was plagued since its construction as eight people alone died during its construction.
The Ship’s Musicians Played Music until the Very End
In a bid to try and calm passengers, the musicians of the Titanic played music until the very last moment and for this act, they have been called heroes who played music for about two hours after hitting the iceberg.
Few Men Dressed Up as Women to Get a Spot on a Lifeboat
It is also rumored that a few men dressed up as women to get a spot on a lifeboat because the lifeboats were said to have been for women and children only.
John Jacob Astor IV, the Richest Man Aboard
One of the richest men at that time, John Jacob Astor IV, was on board. Not only Astor was the richest man on the Titanic but widely believed to be the richest man in the world at the time of his death.
He was returning home from a months-long honeymoon with his new wife, Madeleine Talmage Force. After the ship went down, Astor’s body was one of the few that were recovered in the Atlantic Ocean.
Back in 2012, some British historians said that that the atmosphere on the night of the sinking created conditions that made it difficult for the crew to spot iceberg.
The Titanic, known as the famous passenger liner, sank on its maiden voyage in 1912 following its collision with an iceberg. The huge North Atlantic Ocean disaster claimed the lives of around 1,514 people becoming one of the most devastating maritime disasters in history.
Jessop was a woman, who was just 25 when she survived the sinking of the Titanic. She was instructed to get into a lifeboat while the ship was going down to show women that the boats were safe.
Jessop began employed on the Britannica (dubbed the Titanic 2 by the media) until it came across a mine that had been planted by a German U-boat in 1916. That ship sank too, and Jessop survived again, but this time with a serious head injury.