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The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, killing over 1,500 people. For the 107th anniversary of one of the worst shipwrecks, here are 32 facts you might not have known about what happened!

1. The Titanic’s Newspaper

The Titanic seemed to have everything on board, including its newspaper.

The Atlantic Daily Bulletin was printed every day onboard the Titanic. The newspaper included news, advertisements, stock prices, horse-racing results, society gossip, and the day’s menu.

32 Unknown Facts about Titanic

2. Only Two Bathtubs

Most passengers had to share bathrooms, but the third class featured only two bathtubs for almost 700.

3. Two Dogs Rescued

With the order for women and children first into the lifeboats, plus the knowledge that there were not enough lifeboats for everyone on board the Titanic to be saved, it is a bit surprising that two dogs made it into the lifeboats.

Of the nine dogs on the Titanic, two rescued were a Pomeranian and a Pekinese.

32 Unknown Facts about Titanic

4. Coal on board

The ship burned around 600 tonnes of coal a day; Hand shovelled into its furnaces by a team of 176 men. Almost 100 tonnes of ash were ejected into the sea each day.

32 Unknown Facts about Titanic

5. Wine and beer

There were 20,000 bottles of beer on board, 1,500 bottles of wine, and 8,000 cigars for first-class passengers.

6. The building of the Titanic

There were 246 injuries and two deaths during the ship’s 26-month construction in Belfast.

32 Unknown Facts about Titanic

7. The Size of Titanic

It was 882 feet (269 metres) in length and 175 feet (53 metres) in height.

8. Smoking for men only

The first-class smoking lounge was for men only.

9. The Docter on board

William Edward Minahan, a doctor from Fond du Lac, Wis., had his fortune read shortly before the voyage. The fortune teller predicted his death aboard the ship. She was right.

32 Unknown Facts about Titanic
Main Dining Room

10. Survival Rate

About 60% of the first-class passengers survived.

32 Unknown Facts about Titanic

11. Survival Rate

About 42% of the second-class passengers aboard survived.

32 Unknown Facts about Titanic

12. About 25% of the third-class passengers survived.

13. The final SOS position the Titanic sent out was incorrect.

32 Unknown Facts about Titanic

14. Twenty horses were required to carry the main anchor.

32 Unknown Facts about Titanic
First Class rooms

15. The Titanic’s wake was so huge that, at its launch, it sucked in another ship and almost caused a collision. 16. Over 1500 people died because of the sinking.

17. Most third-class cabins contained four to six bunks.

Dick, Lily, Stanley and Jack on the boat deck

18. Pope joined the Titanic at four. Her mother, Luise, and she were put in a lifeboat, but her father was left on deck. He jumped into the lifeboat as it dropped. Pope lived to 84 in Milwaukee.

19. The Titanic featured an onboard swimming pool, a gymnasium, a squash court, a Turkish bath, and two separate libraries – one for first-class passengers and one for second-class.

20. The last supper served to first-class passengers consisted of 11 courses.

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21. The rescue ship Carpathia began taking in Titanic survivors at 4:10 a.m.

22. 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.

23. Numerous people held tickets for the journey. Still, they did not 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.

32 Unknown Facts about Titanic
Grand hall

24. The last remaining survivor of the disaster, Millvina Dean, died on May 31, 2009, aged 97. She was two months old at the time.

25. The Titanic cost $7.5 million to build.

26. The body of a 2-year-old passenger was not identified until 2007. DNA evidence finally showed that the body was that of Sidney Leslie Goodwin of England.

27. The body of the wealthiest man on board, John Jacob Astor, was found with his gold pocket watch dangling from its chain. Investigators believed Astor had checked his eye right before leaping from the Titanic.

32 Unknown Facts about Titanic

28. 26 of those on board were honeymooning couples.

32 Unknown Facts about Titanic

29. Only 306 bodies were found. The dead were taken to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Its Maritime Museum has a dedicated section that includes a deckchair recovered from the wreck, mortuary bags, and the shoes of an unknown victim

32 Unknown Facts about Titanic
Southampton Goodbyes

30. Lady Duff Gordon, one of the most prominent fashion designers of her time, and her husband, Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon, both were saved but were later accused of bribing the crew to row off with only 12 people in their lifeboat.

31. All eight members of the Titanic band died in the sinking.

32 Unknown Facts about Titanic

32. One of the lifeboats was found in the ocean almost a month after the sinking with three bodies.


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