It was a tragedy that happened over 100 years ago, but it is still as relevant today as if it happened yesterday. That is the Titanic. It was a moment that claimed hundreds of lives, and it is not a situation that a lot of people can imagine being in. However, they have tried.
There have been countless movies, tv shows, and books written about what happened on the Titanic. The most famous and well-known probably being the James Cameron movie starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.
While the movie depictions are horrible, the real-life must have been a million times worse. What is left of the Titanic is sitting on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. It has been there since it struck that iceberg over a hundred years ago. Sadly, it won’t be there for much longer as the ocean claims it for its own.
All we are left with are photographs of the mighty ship sitting on the bottom of the ocean floor. They are haunting, chilling and speak a thousand words.
20 There She Lays
It may not be as big as the cruise ships now, but back in those days, it was a monster. It also did not come cheap. According to goodhousekeeping.com, the ship cost $7.5 to make.
If you want to compare that to what money is worth today, James Cameron received a budget of $200 million to make the legendary film.
19 The Iconic Shot
This is the shot that is probably the most iconic, and it is the dramatic front of the ship. When divers go down to check on the status of the ship, this is likely what comes into view first.
It is a haunting image, and it gives us goosebumps to think of what it would be like to be in that diving submarine and stumble across this.
18 Unused Anchor
While it may be an older ship, it still has many of the same parts that ships today have. Just like ships of today, there had to be a crew that made this ship.
According to goodhousekeeping.com, it took 3, 000 workers to build this ship. The builders worked for a company called Harland & Wolff Shipbuilders.
17 Reminder Of Real Life
We already spoke about how compared to modern cruise ships; it would not be considered so massive today as it was back then.
According to goodhousekeeping.com, it was an impressive size back then and it measured in at 882 feet long. That is about the size of three football fields.
16 Everything Is At The Bottom
There are so many fun facts about this ship, and each one is more shocking than the last. The Titanic is known for many things, but one of the things that made it stand out so much was the four smokestacks on top.
According to goodhousekeeping.com, only three of them were functional. That’s right, one of them was added just to make the ship look more massive.
15 It Is Chilling
It is a devastating fact that some believe to be an urban legend, but it is actually true. According to goodhousekeeping.com, the ship was built to accommodate 64 lifeboats, but only 20 were on board.
This was because they felt that it would clutter the deck space to have too many lifeboats. After all, the ship was ‘unsinkable.’
14 Broken …
There was another problem with the lifeboats, and it was a problem that could have saved even more lives.
According to goodhousekeeping.com, the lifeboats were made to carry about 65 people on board. The first lifeboat that departed the ship only had 28 people on it. Was it panic that made them reluctant to put more people on the boats?
13 … But Not Forgotten
The interior of the ship was luxurious, and the grand staircase was one of the stopping points on the ship.
If you want to catch a glimpse of the Titanic’s style, then you still have a chance. According to goodhousekeeping.com, the interior of the Titanic was based on the interior of The Ritz in London. It opened in 1906 and is still open today.
12 Home Now
The movie told us all we needed to know about how they classed people on ships back then. They (thankfully) do not do this now, but back then if you were in first class, you were living the life.
According to goodhousekeeping.com, there were some great amenities for those who were sailing in style. There was a swimming pool, a Turkish bath, a squash court, and a dog kennel.
11 Aerial Shot
When it comes to cruise ships, and ships in general, you don’t see much of a send-off anymore. This was not the case when it came to the Titanic.
According to goodhousekeeping.com, the ship and all its passengers had quite the send-off. There were over 100, 000 people there to wave the ship off on its journey when it left Ireland.
10 How Many More Dives?
There have been numerous dives to see the Titanic, but we wonder just how many more there will be. The ship has already been down there for over 100 years.
The ship is slowly deteriorating as the ocean claims it. It is the home to ocean-life who are slowly eating it. The ship will, sadly, be gone one day and there won’t be any remnants of it left to explore.
9 Someone Owned This
Not only is the ship on the bottom of the ocean floor, but all the belongings that were once owned by passengers is down there as well.
According to goodhousekeeping.com, the exact number of passengers is not known, but there were over 2, 200 people on board. Shockingly, only 32% of them survived the sinking.
8 Still Majestic
Since this happened so long ago, the exact numbers are hard to say. Manifests that have logged passengers have been lost or are hard to read.
According to goodhousekeeping.com, it is almost impossible to know exactly how many people perished the night the Titanic sank. Manifests being lost and people travelling under fake names are part of what makes this so difficult.
7 A Child’s Doll
While it may be sad to think about, a fair amount of those who lost their lives were children. The rule still stood that women and children were to leave the ship, but not all of them did.
This is a remnant of what we believe to be a child’s doll. It is laying on the bottom of the ocean floor. Haunted by the memories of what transpired on that night.
6 Blade Embedded Deep
In a world of equality and a fair chance for anyone of any gender or orientation, this will be a statistic that may be shocking. However, it makes sense when you look at the historical era of the time the Titanic set sail.
According to goodhousekeeping.com, there was a crew of 885 people total on the Titanic. Only 23 of those crew members were women.
5 Artifacts Will Never Be Recovered
There are so many artifacts sitting at the bottom of the ocean floor, lost forever. Many people have wondered why things (including the ship) can’t be brought back up to the surface to be displayed.
Some have been recovered, but due to the amount of time that has passed, they wouldn’t survive the trip to the surface.
4 Real Life
Other than fashion and money, life wasn’t that different a hundred years ago as it is now. Everyone still enjoyed music and there was a band on board the Titanic.
According to goodhousekeeping.com, the band had to memorize 352 songs to play. They went down with the ship as they refused to stop playing. Their music was calming to the panicked passengers.
3 A Shining Light
It is hard to imagine what kind of people were on board the ship. They all had different stories and lives and were all traveling for different reasons.
What we do know, according to goodhousekeeping.com, is that there were 13 couples on the Titanic who were celebrating their honeymoon.
2 Tea Or Coffee?
Food on the Titanic was some of the best, but only if you were in first class. Now, they didn’t know that this was going to be their last meal, but the last meal served on the Titanic was extravagant.
According to goodhousekeeping.com, the last meal ever served on the Titanic was 10 courses. It included oysters, barley soup, salmon and much more.
1 Nearly Indistinguishable Now
There are some people out there who did survive the Titanic sinking and were around to tell their tale.
According to goodhousekeeping.com, the youngest passenger to survive the Titanic was just 2-months old when the sink sank. She passed away when she was 97-years old. She had no memories of ever being on the ship.