15th April this year marks the centenary of the Titanic’s maiden and only voyage. One hundred years ago the RMS Titanic set off from Southampton to New York. After only five days, disaster struck and the ‘Unsinkable’ ship hit an iceberg. 1,514 lives were lost, making it one of the deadliest peacetime marine disasters in history. It’s a story that most of us heard or read about, but there’s more below the surface…
The Titanic’s weight fully loaded was 46,328 tons. That’s about 10,000 adult African elephants.
14 years prior to the Titanic tragedy, Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called Futility. This fictitious book told the story of the largest ship ever built, hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on a cold April night. The ship (named Titan) and the real ship Titanic were similar in design and their circumstances were extraordinarily alike.
The Titanic was 268 meters long and 55 meters high, approximately the same size as London’s Tower Bridge.
It probably took Titanic about 15 minutes to sink to the bottom of the ocean. That means the ship sank at a rate of 16 km per hour.
Titanic’s funnels were big enough for two trains to drive through.
Her 3 enormous anchors weighed a total of 31 tons; about the weight of 20 cars.
7. Construction cost
Construction of the Titanic cost £7.5 million. In 1912, experienced shipyard workers who built Titanic earned £2 per week. Unskilled workers earned £1 or less per week.
The top speed of the Titanic was 23 knots, which is about the same speed as a Killer Whale.
9. Mod cons
The Titanic appeared to have everything on board, including its own newspaper. The Atlantic Daily Bulletin was printed every day on board. The newspaper included news, advertisements, stock prices, horse-racing results, society gossip, and the daily menu.
In 1912 the cost of a one-way ticket on board the Titanic was $4,350 ($83,200 today) for a first class parlor suite, $150 ($2,975 today) first class (berth), $60 ($1,200 today) second class and $40 ($793 today) for a third class ticket.
Will you be among the visitors to Belfast’s Titanic Museum this year? Send in some pics! If you’ve got any more fascinating Titanic facts to share with us all, feel free to leave them in the comments field below. Bon voyage.