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Passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean

  • RMS Titanic sank on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US.
  • She was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage.
  • She carried 2,223 people. She carried only enough lifeboats for 1,178 people.
  • Boat 14 is the only boat to return to pick up people struggling in the water.
  • Colonel John Jacob Astor IV was the wealthiest passenger on board, with an estimated wealth of $87 million.
  • The wreck of Titanic remains on the seabed, gradually disintegrating at a depth of 12,415 feet (3,784 m).
  • Two dogs were among the Titanic survivors. There are no cats on the ship despite of the belief that cats on ship will bring good luck.
  • The Titanic launching did not include the traditional bottle-breaking which used to be customary.
  • There were 13 couples on board celebrating their Honeymoons.
  • Captain Smith was planning to retire after Titanic's maiden voyage.
  • The ship had 4 elevators (3 in First class and 1 in Second class).
  • The ship consumed 825 tons of coal every day.
  • 300 men worked in shifts around the clock to shovel coal into boilers to ensured the engines ran at top speed.
  • Out of a crew of 900, only eighteen were women.
  • The Titanic's radio call sign was: MGY.
  • The time interval from first sighting of the iceberg to impact was a little over 30 seconds.
  • The ship sank 2 hours and 40 minutes after hitting the iceberg. It sank at a rate of 10 miles per hour.
  • July and August are the only two months the weather permits expeditions to the Titanic wreck site.
  • In 1914, a statue of Captain Edward John Smith was erected in Beacon Park in Lichfield Staffordshire, England.
  • Every single item on board Titanic was purchased new or custom made.
  • The closest ship to respond to Titanic’s distress call was Carpathia, which was 58 miles (four hours) away.
  • The wreckage of Titanic was undiscovered until September 1, 1985.
  • The iconic nude portrait of "young" Rose (Kate Winslet) was sketched not by Leonardo DiCaprio but by "Titanic" movie director James Cameron.
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