Useless facts on titanic you never knew!

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Useless facts on titanic you never knew!

Postby aufo8mycow » Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:55 am

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The Titanic was not only given its name because of its immense size, but to keep in line with the White Star Line's tradition of having their ship's names end in ic, such as the Olympic, Republic, Atlantic and Nomadic, in contrast to the ia endings of the names of its rival shipping line's (Cunard Line) vessels, such as Lusitania and Maurentania.

- 17 cremen were killed when building the Titanic. The youngest was a fifteen-year old boy named Samuel J. Scott.

- First-class Titanic survivor, Mr. Elmer Taylor, was the inventor of the paper cup.

- In 1898, a retired marine officer named Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called Futility or The Wreck of the Titan. The book told the story of a ship called the Titan which, while crossing the Atlantic one April, hit an iceberg and sank with the loss of almost all its passengers due to a shortage of lifeboats. It predicted the events of fourteen years later almost eerily.

- The young vicitms of the Titanic were not the only children lost that fateful night. Many miles away in Scotland, a young girl named Jessie was being comforted by her parents or nurses as she lay dying of illness. In her delirious state, Jessie told her comforters that she was having a vision of a large ship sinking with many people drowning and 'someone called Wally playing a fiddle.' Within hours of her death, the Titanic slowly sank as Wally Hartley and the rest of the band played.

- Titanic survivor Isaac Frauenthal had a dream before boarding the ship. "It seemed to me," he would recall, "that I was on a big steamship that suddenly crashed into something and began to go down." He had the dream again when on board the Titanic, and after the collision with the iceberg he had no hesitation upon entering a lifeboat.

-A self-fulfilling prophecy: Edith Evans, a 36-year old woman travelling first class, had been told by a fortune-teller to 'beware of water.' During the night of the sinking, Edith refused to get into the last lifeboat, Collapsible D, offering the last seat instead to her friend, Mrs. Caroline Lane Brown. However, as statistics show that Collapsible D was only half-filled, it is unclear why Edith remained on the Titanic. Perhaps the statistics are unreliable, and Edith Evans really did preform a noble act of self-sacrifice that night, urging Mrs. Brown to be saved in the last place in an overcrowded boat. Or perhaps, due to the fact that the crewmembers were unaware that the lifeboats could hold their full weight without capsizing, only one of the women was allowed into a lifeboat that could have held more. Or perhaps Edith chose to remain on the sturdy, well-lit Titanic rather than risk losing her life in a flimsy canvas boat in the midst of a pitch-black ocean, following the fortune-teller's advice to beware of water until the very end.

- In April 1935, the Titanian, a steamer carrying coal from Newcastle, England, to Canada, approached an iceberg in the same area the Titanic had gone down. Crew member William Reeves had an ominous premonition instants before the iceberg came into view and yelled, "Danger ahead!" to the navigator, who swiftly halted the ship. The unlikely savior Reeves was even born on the night the Titanic sank.

- Reliable captain? Edward J. Smith, the Titanic's famed captain, was well-known and respected as a safe and reliable captain during his time, but he did have his own share of skeletons in the closet. The man who commanded the doomed titan was also responsible for grounding the steamship Coptic in 1891, the Republic in 1899, and the Adriatic in 1909. He was also blamed for colliding the RMS Olympic with the HMS Hawke, tearing a huge gash in the former ship's hull, as well as nicking a tugboat with the Olympic's rudder, tearing a hole in the little ship's deckhouse. As none of the incidents had cost any lives or large amounts of money, Smith was excused. He was far too popular and beloved by the public, especially due to his hospitality with higher-class passengers, to be blamed for anything. He would later describe his years at sea as "uneventful," and stated that he "had never been in any accident of any sort worth speaking of. I never saw a wreck and have never been wrecked, nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort."

- When it was launched, the Titanic was the largest moving object ever built.

- Among some of the Titanic's cargo:

12 cases of ostrich feathers

300 cases of walnuts

4 cases of straw hats

4 packages of hair nets

2 barrels of mercury

2 cases of grandfather clocks

1 marmalade making machine

Enough lifeboats for less than half the passengers

No binoculars

-The Titanic was carrying 76 cases of dragon's blood to the United States. Dragon's blood is actually the sap of a type of palm tree found in the Canary Islands, and is used to color wood varnish and women's make-up.

-The most exotic object in the Titanic's cargo hold was The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, a famous book of ancient sayings. It was being shipped to its new owner, a New York book dealer, who had bought it for about $33, 000 in today's money. The front cover of the book was adorned with about 1, 050 precious stones.

-Thirteen wasn't used as a room number due to the superstition of it being an unlucky number.

-First-class survivor Marie Young had daught piano lessons to the children of President Roosevelt of the U.S.A.

-Among the facilities on board for passengers were steam baths, barbershops, a hospital, a gymnasium, supplies of games such as deck quiots, shuffleboard, chess and dominoes, concerts, libraries, a swimming pool, a squash court, and a darkroom for developing photographs.

-The garbage left over from meals was tossed overboard for fish and birds to eat.

-The Titanic recieved many ice warnings, including:

Friday, April 12th - several ships sent the Titanic messages congratulating her on her maiden voyage and warning of ice ahead.

Sunday, April 14th, 9:00 a.m. - a ship called the Caronia reports 'bergs, growlers and field ice.' This message was posted for the officers to read. (A growler is a dark-colored slab of ice that has broken away from an iceberg.)

Sunday, April 14th, 11:40 a.m. - the Noordam reports 'much ice.'

" 1:42 p.m. - the Baltic warns of field ice ahead. The message is given to Captain Smith, who intended to show it to his officers, but instead went downstairs for lunch.

" 1:45 p.m. - the Amerika reports that it has passed two large bergs. This message is never delivered to Captain Smith.

" 7:30 p.m. - the Californian reports three large icebergs near the Titanic, but this message is never delivered to the Captain.

"9:30 p.m. - the Mesaba warns of heavy pack ice and very large icebergs, but this message is laid aside and, again, never brought to the attention fo the crew.

" late night - the Californian warns the Titanic that it is surrounded by a treacherous field of ice and, for safety, has stopped for the night. The Titanic's exhausted senior wireless officer, Jack Phillips, dismisses the message.

The Titanic's crew did prepare for the upcoming ice, but were not overly concerned as ice in the sea lanes was not uncommon during April. Captain Smith steered the ship farther south, to a location called 'the shoulder,' then headed straight west in order to avoid icebergs floating south from Greenland. Sixth Officer Moody calculated that the Titanic would reach the ice fields at about 11:00 that night. All lights on the forward deck are extinguished, as they would make it more difficult to spot an iceberg. The lookouts were warned to "keep a sharp lookout for ice, particularly small ice and growlers." Captain Smith went to bed, reminding his officers, "if it becomes at all doubtful let me know at once." However, the Titanic's crew made one fatal error: they did not bother to slow down the ship. It was travelling at almost full speed when it hit the iceberg. (However, contrary to popular belief, the Titanic was NOT attempting to cross the Atlantic in record time; they knew they could never match the speed of their Cunard rivals, but rather focused on making their ships larger and more luxurious.) The crew was ordered only to slow down if it became hazy; they believed it was so clear out that the lookouts would spot ice in time to steer around it.

However, the lookouts were disabled in many ways. Firstly, the binoculars had been forgotten in Southampton, so they had to rely on their own eyesight to spot bergs in the darkness. One of the lookouts had reported the lack of proper instruments to the crew, but they had done nothing about it. Furthermore, the sea was so calm that there were no waves to make a ring of white foam around the base of the iceberg as they splashed around it. To make matters as worse as possible, there was no moon that night to reflect off the berg.

- Survivor Elizabeth Shutes claimed to have smelled the iceberg before the collision; she remarked that the air that evening smelled like the glaciers she had once visited in Switzerland.

- When the lookouts spotted the iceberg, First Officer Murdoch ordered two things: that the ship should slow down, then turn. This happened, but the Titanic collided nevertheless, because the ship was going too slowly to miss the iceberg. If it had continued going at top speed, it would have turned swiftly enough to avoid the iceberg - and the loss of 1, 496 lives - alltogether.

- The ship which rescued the Titanic's survivors, the Carpathia, was from the White Star Line's ultimate rivals, the Cunard Line.

- The doctors on the Carpathia wanted to amputate the legs of survivor R. Norris Williams, who had frozen them badly in the icy water. But Williams, a champion tennis player, insisted that with enough willpower as well as daily walks every two hours, he could save his legs. He did, and went on to win several tennis championships in the United States.

- No wives were lost while their husbands survived.

- The longest name of any Titanic passenger belongs to Mrs. Maria Jozefa Perezde Soto y Vallejo Penasco y Castellana.

- The first newspaper headings about the Titanic claimed that the ship had only been damaged but not sunk when it hit the iceberg, that no one was injured, and that the ship was being towed to Halifax. Eventually the public came to realize that the ship had sunk, but the belief that all had survived still prevailed. Only when word came from J. Bruce Ismay, Titanic survivor, himself, that many had died, did the awful realization strike. Newsapers scrambled to come up with an 'official' death toll. At first it remained rather small, the first newspapers claiming that only 1,000 had lost their lives, but eventually became grossly exaggerated, reaching 1,800. When the Carpathia finally arrived with the survivors at New York, the actual number of lost and saved was realized to be 1, 496 and 712 respectively.

- One ludicrious newsaper claimed that, between rescue on the Carpathia to the arrival at New York, 15 Titanic survivors had died of hysteria and a following 75 had gone insane.

- The youngest mother on the Titanic, Adele Nasser, was only 14. She carried a son in the womb.

- The youngest widows made by the sinking of the Titanic were only 14 and 15 - Adele Nasser and Celiney Yazbeck.

- All the male teenage survivors (age 13-17) were named some form of John: John 'Jack' Ryerson, Johan (Swedish form of John) Svensson, John 'Jack' Thayer, and John Collins.

- More dogs survived than ten-year old children.

- No 10-year olds, 57-year olds, or any passengers over the age of 64 survived. In fact, the only ten-year-old to set foot on the ship and get of it alive was Denis Lenox-Colyngham, who boarded with his family in England and got off later the same day in France, thus not witnessing the disaster in the North Atlantic several days later.

- The first and last names of child victim Eric Rice are spelt with the same letters.

- The youngest person to go into the water and come out alive was John Thayer, aged 17 and 4 months. The second youngest was 17 1/2 yr old John Collins.

- Young survivor Eva Hart had nightmares about the sinking ship for many years after the tragedy. She solved this problem by going on a cruise and locking herself in a room for days. Eva never had another Titanic-related nightmare.

- Another child survivor, Frankie Goldsmith, never liked taking his children to baseball games because the ecstatic roar of the crowd when the home team scored a home run reminded him of the screams of the dying when the Titanic's stern plunged into the water.

- When Anna Turja, a Finnish woman who has survived the sinking at the age of 18, went to watch the 1953 film "Titanic," she believed the scenes of passengers freezing to death in the water was actual footage. With heartbreaking childlike innocence, she asked, "If they were close enough to take those pictures, why didn't anyone help us?" Later in 1969, when watching the first man walk on the moon, she belived this must be a trick as well. "If they could re-create the Titanic, they could re-create this, too."

- Anna Sofia Sjoblom, a Finnish 3rd class passenger, had her 18th birthday the night before she survived the sinking. If the ship had sunk one day earlier, she would have made our child survivor list.

- Other young passengers who shared their birthdays with Anna Sjoblom were Paul Palsson and Margit Skoog, Swedish children who turned 6 and 2 respectively the days before their death, and Alfred Rush, who gained 'manhood' on turning 16 that day and thus refused a seat in a lifeboat. He is memoralized in a poem in my 'poetry' section.

- Jamilia Nicola-Yarred turned 14 the day the ship went down. Fortunately, she 'celebrated' her birthday in the safety of a lifeboat.

- Her brother, Elias Nicola-Yarred, turned 12 the day after the sinking. Fellow child passengers George Sweet and Sigrid and Ingeborg Andersson would have turned 15, 12 and 10 the same day had they survived the tragedy.

- My great-great uncle, Johan Hagglund, who lived from 1887 to 1965, was a young Swedish shoemaker when he bought a ticket for the Titanic and set out for England to board the vessel bound for America. The night before embarking, he befriended several men in a hotel who later tricked him and stole all his belongings, including his ticket. Ashamed of being swindled, Johan travelled into Finland and took up a craft there, cutting off relations with his family. By April 16th, however, he realized with horror that the ship had sunk and his loved ones must think he had died. He sent letters assuring his family that he was safe, and eventually moved back to Sweden to be with them.

He died long before I was born, but I am sure he would have had stories to tell!

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Re: Useless facts on titanic you never knew!

Postby pinkelephants » Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:51 pm

that is actually quite interesting
thanks for teh read :Ilike:

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