April 15, 2012

It's Been 100 Years Since The Titanic Sunk...

Here is a little tidbit that you may or may not have known about me, I am obsessed with the Titanic -- The actual ship, not the 1997 movie. I've studied it, been to exhibits on it (If you have a chance to go to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition do it, it was wonderful. I went a few years back with my mother and sister), etc... So, in honor of today being the centennial of the sinking of the ship I give you Titanic randomness...

• It cost $7,500,000 to build the RMS Titanic.

• The Titanic started it's maiden voyage on April 10th, 1912 from Southampton.

• Captain Edward John Smith was supposed to retire after completing Titanic's maiden voyage.

• There were 2,223 people aboard (Passengers and crew).

• 6 ice warnings were sent to the Titanic before the collision.

• Titanic hit the iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on the night of April 14, 1912.

• There were only 20 lifeboats on the Titanic but it could have held 64.

• It took 2 hours and 40 minutes for Titanic to sink after hitting the iceberg.

• There is a statue of Captain Smith in Beacon Park Lichfield, Staffordshire, England.

• There were only 706 Titanic survivors (Passengers and crew).

• 2 dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic.

• 1,517 people were killed in the sinking of the Titanic.

• Only 333 victims bodies were recovered from the sea.

• The Titanic had its own newspaper called The Atlantic Daily Bulletin & it was printed every day on board the ship.

• A lifeboat drill was scheduled to take place on board the Titanic on April 14, 1912 - the day the Titanic hit the iceberg. For an unknown reason, Captain Smith canceled the drill.

• The Titanic's sister ship, The Californian, was sailing nearby, but didn't respond to distress calls. If they had come to help the death toll could have been halved.

• There were only two bathtubs for more than 700 third class passengers.

If you'd like to know anything else about the Titanic you can go to the RMS Titanic, Inc. website.

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