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Sunday, 22 April, 2012 0:37 AM

BONUS CONTENT: RMS Titanic Facts and Trivia

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Titanic left the docks of Southampton, England on April 10, 1912.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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-- Titanic has its own newspaper, The Atlantic Daily Bulletin, which contained news articles and advertisements, daily menu, latest stock prices, horse-racing results and society gossip.

-- Cost of a first-class ticket to New York was $2,500 ($57,200 today)

-- The most expensive rooms were more than $103,000 in today's currency.

-- Cost of a third-class ticket was $40 ($900 today)

-- Ten people resided in third-class rooms, and the rooms were divided by male and female sometimes splitting families.

-- Sixty chefs and chef's assistants worked in the Titanic's five kitchens. There was also a kosher cook to prepare meals for the Jewish passengers.

-- There were only two bathtubs for the more than 700 third-class passengers aboard the Ship.

-- The Titanic was built to carry British and US mail; and to carry general cargo and frozen meat, and to carry first-class passengers in great luxury, second-class passengers in great comfort and third-class passengers with great economy and to fly the flag of Great Britain and uphold national honor.

-- Titanic carried 1,316 passengers and a crew of 885 men and women.

-- Titanic's lifeboat capacity was governed by the British Board of Trade's rules, which were drafted in 1894. By 1912, these regulations were outdated. The shipping industry knew the regulations were going to be changed soon, but until the law actually changed, The White Star Line was not going to install more lifeboats.

-- The twenty lifeboats on board held only 1,178 people if filled to capacity.

-- At first, most of the passengers did not believe Titanic was really sinking, hence the low number of 19 aboard the first lifeboat, even though it could carry 65.

-- Titanic struck the iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 1912 and sank 2 hours, 40 minutes later at 2:20 a.m. the next day.

-- Titanic's wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coastline. Titanic lies 2.5 miles beneath the ocean surface, where the pressure is 6,000 pounds per square inch.

-- Titanic's distress signal was received by several ships in the area, however when it was apparent that Carpathia alone would make it to the scene in a reasonable time, everyone else continued on their course.

-- The water temperature was 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Most of the people did not die of drowning, they died of hypothermia, while others may have had heart attacks.

-- The Titanic cannot be raised as the wreck is far too fragile to withstand lifting and transportation.

-- No skeletons remain at the wreck site. Any bodies carried to the seabed with the wreck were eaten by fish and crustaceans.

-- The location of the wreck was discovered by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S/French expedition on September 1, 1985 at 1:05 a.m.

-- The last living survivor, Millvina Dean, recently passed away on May 31, 2009 as the oldest survivor of Titanic at age 97.

Related Story: REVIEW: 'Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition' is a must-see at The Henry Ford in Dearborn

 

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Upper floor of the grand staircase

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Cooking pots, serving tray, teapot and spoons

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A lamp and electric light bulb

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A forward masthead light, which warned other ships of Titanic's approach.

 

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