10 Shocking Facts about the Unsinkable Ship, The Titanic

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When it was built, the Titanic was the largest moving human-made object in the world. It had many new features, including remotely sealable compartments that led to it being deemed "unsinkable." Alas, it was not.


1
On the day the Titanic hit the iceberg, Captain Smith canceled the lifeboat drill for an unknown reason.

2
From the time the lookouts sounded the alert, the officers on the bridge had only 37 seconds to react before the Titanic hit the iceberg.

3
Most of the lifeboats that were launched off the Titanic were not filled to capacity. Lifeboat 1 carried the fewest people - only 12 people despite having a capacity for 40.

4
The third class on the Titanic had only two bathtubs for more than 700 passengers.

5
When the Titanic began sending out distress signals, the Californian, rather than the Carpathia, was the closest ship; yet the Californian did not respond.

6
While three funnels released the steam from the boilers, the fourth was just for show. The designers thought the ship would look more impressive with four funnels rather than three.

7
328 bodies were found, but 119 of these were badly damaged and thus were buried at sea.

8
The last remaining survivor of the Titanic disaster, Millvina Dean, died on May 31, 2009, aged 97. She was two months old at the time.

9
There were 246 injuries and two deaths recorded during the ship's 26-month construction in Belfast.

10
Three dogs (from first class cabins!) survived the sinking of the Titanic: two Pomeranians and one Pekingese.