Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Titanic Trivia

It was 103 years ago ( April 12, 1912)  that RMS Titanic sunk together with 1500 souls at the depth of the Atlantic.

The Titanic was traveling between 21-23 knots (approx 26 miles an hour) when it struck the iceberg.

The cost of a first-class ticket on Titanic to New York was $2,500.

A third-class ticket at Titanic cost $40, which is approximately $900 in today’s currency. 

Number of Titanic's four smokestacks that were operational: 3 

Last message sent from Titanic: "We are sinking fast. Passengers being put into boats."

Number of passengers and crew who died: 1,503

Titanic was one of the first ships in distress to send out an “SOS” signal; the radio officer used
“SOS” after using the traditional code of “CQD” followed by the ship’s call letters.

Titanic’s superb master chef, Michel Louvain, steadfastly remained at his station, preparing snacks of pate and truffled pheasant so that first-class passengers would not have to drown on an empty stomach. When urged to save himself by his sous-chef, he replied, “Le fois gras, c’est moi,” Perhaps because the remark made little sense, it seldom has been repeated over the years.

The last tune the band was playing before the Titanic sank was believed to be Autumn by Louis Von Esch c.1810 a popular waltz of the time  and not "Nearer My God to Thee".

No members of the band survived but the Black Talent Agency who hired the musicians, sent the violinist's family a bill for $3.50 for the cost of the unpaid and unreturned uniform!

There were 9 dogs on board, three of which survived. Margaret Hay's Pomeranian (lifeboat #7), Elizabeth Rothchild's pooch (lifeboat # 6) and Henry Sleeper Harper's Pekinese, Sun Yat Sen (Lifeboat # 3) . Among the dogs that didn't make it was champion bulldog, Gamon de Pycombe and a St Bernard. It is rumored that a passenger had freed the dogs from the kennels when all hope was gone.

The Titanic carried a total of 20 lifeboats. 14 of these lifeboats were wooden and each one had a capacity of 65 persons, 2 were wood cutters with a capacity of 40 persons each Lifeboats on Boat deck. and 4 were collapsibles (wood bottoms and canvas sides) and each collapsible was capable of carrying 47 persons. The total capacity of all 20 lifeboats was 1,178 people.

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