“Many brave things were done that night but none braver than by those few men playing minute after minute as the ship settled quietly lower and lower in the sea…the music they played serving alike as their own immortal requiem and their right to be recorded on the rulls of undying fame.”
-Lawrence Beesley, Titanic Survivor
The sinking of the RMS Titanic in the early morning of April 15, 1912, is still considered one of the worst passenger ship disasters in history. Over 1,500 souls lost their lives that night due to the lack of lifeboats and a crew that was not prepared to handle such an incident.
There are many stories from the survivors and witnesses of that terrible night, recounting tales of heroism, as well as the deeds of cowards. The truth is that, unless we were there, it’s impossible to really know the fear and chaos that enveloped the passengers and crew as their “unsinkable” ship quickly descended beneath the waves.
While there are many known facts about the Titanic, many of them being featured in popular media, there are also quite a few things you might not know. From daring rescues to the unsung heroes of the night, we at FunnyAnd decided to compile a list of pretty incredible facts that might change your entire perspective on the sinking of the Titanic.
Personally, we found #37 quite chilling…
50. World’s Largest Ship
At the time the RMS Titanic went into service, it was the largest passenger ship in the world. The ship measured 269 meters (882 feet) and was the largest man-made moving object on the planet. Today, the largest passenger ship is the Harmony of the Seas, measuring 362.12 meters.
49. Not Environmentally Friendly
Environmentalists would be protesting in the streets if the Titanic were running today because the ship burned over 600 tons of coal a day. This was shoveled into furnaces by a team of 176 men. Every 24 hours, 100 tons of ash was ejected directly into the sea. We can’t imagine what damage that did to the ecosystem. Maybe we can look at this as one benefit of the ship’s sinking?
48. Putting On the Ritz
The Titanic is known for its stunning decor, but it wasn’t wholly original. The ship’s interiors were actually inspired by the Ritz Hotel in London. The facilities on board were really top of the line and included a gym, a Turkish bath, and a kennel for the first class dogs. There was even an onboard newspaper known as the Atlantic Bulletin that was printed every night, and it was offered in the First Class Smoking Room.
47. The First Class Passengers Loved to Drink
There was a very wide discrepancy between the first class passengers and those in the economy class. This was very clear in the amount of liqueur that was on deck for first class. According to documents, there were 20,000 bottles of beer, 1,500 bottles of wine, and 8,000 cigars on board.