10 Shocking Facts about the Unsinkable Ship, The Titanic


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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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