Hello you beautiful people. I hope you’re all staying safe and doing ok, despite what is happening all around the world. Has anyone else reached the ‘tired all the time, just want to sleep constantly’ phase yet or is it just me? I’m trying to push through it so I can get things done, which I’ve managed to accomplish for the most part, as I rearranged my DVDs in alphabetical order (with the help from my mum) and I finished another module on my course and completed my fifth exam, which I’m pretty happy to say that I got the highest mark out of all of my tests so far! But enough about that, let’s get on with today’s post…..
108 years ago today on the 15th April 1912 in the early hours of the morning, the Titanic, once branded as ‘the unsinkable ship’ tragically did just that. After hitting an iceberg on April 14th at 11:40pm, the next two and a half hours would, unfortunately, see the ship descend into the depths of the ocean. An estimated 2,224 people were on board the ship at the time, and sadly over 1,500 of those people, unfortunately, died that day after it was discovered that there wasn’t enough life-boats to get everyone off the ship to safety.
The disaster was met with worldwide shock and outrage at the huge loss of life, as well as the regulatory and operational failures that led to it. Public inquiries in Britain and the United States led to major improvements in maritime safety. One of their most important legacies was the establishment of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) in 1914, which still governs maritime safety. Several new wireless regulations were passed around the world in an effort to learn from the many missteps in wireless communications—which could have saved many more passengers.
The wreck of Titanic was discovered in 1985 (more than 70 years after the disaster) during a Franco-American expedition and US military mission. The ship was split in two and is gradually disintegrating at a depth of 12,415 feet (2,069.2 fathoms; 3,784 m). Thousands of artefacts have been recovered and displayed at museums around the world. Titanic has become one of the most famous ships in history, depicted in numerous works of popular culture, including books, folk songs, films, exhibits, and memorials.
Titanic was 882 feet 9 inches (269.06 m) long with a maximum breadth of 92 feet 6 inches (28.19 m). Her total height, measured from the base of the keel to the top of the bridge, was 104 feet (32 m). She measured 46,328 gross register tons and with a draught of 34 feet 7 inches (10.54 m), she displaced 52,310 tons. All three of the Olympic-class ships had ten decks (excluding the top of the officers’ quarters), eight of which were for passenger use.
Facts about RMS Titanic
As most people know the story of what happened to the ship, I thought I would share with you some facts that you probably didn’t know.
- It took 3,000 Harland & Wolff shipbuilders to construct the ship.
- It was over 882 feet long. That’s almost three football fields. It also weighed 52,310 tons.
- There were plenty of amenities in First class. Luxuries included a swimming pool, Turkish bath, squash court, and a dog kennel.
- Over 800 tons of coal were burned to power the ship every day.
- Thirteen couples on board were on their honeymoon.
- The musicians on the ship were expected to know all 352 songs listed in a song book given out to first-class passengers so they could make requests.
- The ship had its own newspaper. The Atlantic Daily Bulletin was printed and posted every night in the First Class Smoking Room.
- The last meal served on the Titanic consisted of 10 courses. The menu included oysters, cream of barley soup, poached salmon, and much more.
- It had 15,000 bottles of ale and 1,000 bottles of wine on board. The ship was also stocked with 850 bottles of liquor as well as 8,000 cigars.
- Millvina Dean was two months old when she was on the Titanic. She lived to be 97.
- It took on 400 tons of water per minute after it hit the iceberg. The water filled the bow of the ship first, which caused the stern to lift up into the air and eventually break off.
- The ship’s lookouts had to rely on their eyesight alone — the ship’s binoculars were locked inside a cabinet that no one could find the key to.
- Every single engineer aboard the Titanic perished — they all stayed behind to keep the ship’s power running until the very end.
- Of the 885 crew on board, just 23 were female. 699 boarded in Southampton, and four in 10 were natives of the English town.
- Numerous people held tickets for the journey, but did not actually sail, including Milton S. Hershey, founder of the chocolate firm, Guglielmo Marconi, and Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, who died on the RMS Lusitania three years later.
- Just 37 seconds elapsed between the sighting of the iceberg and the collision.
- I love learning about the history of the Titanic, it makes me sad that it had such a tragic ending, it really was a beautiful ship that should’ve gone on many more voyages and made more memories for people to cherish, but even though it sank, it will always carry a legacy and remain in people’s minds and hearts forever.
I hope everyone stays safe and stays at home (unless you have a valid reason for going out, i.e; going to the shop for essential items, one form of exercise a day, work (if you absolutely cannot work from home). I will see you all next week 🙂