The fate of the Titanic has fascinated and moved people well before Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio erected a Celluloid monument in her effigy – although it will probably survive longer than the remains of the magnificent ship which will likely be decomposed by microbes by 2030.
However, very few people know many things about the Titanic and its sinking. We have put together a few facts that will surely surprise you, too: Here are 10 moving facts about the Titanic that you never heard before.
#1 In 1986, there was a plan to salvage the Titanic – 180,000 tonnes of Vaseline were to be used
#2 The orchestra on board played for more than two hours after the ship hit the iceberg – on the deck, in the middle of panicked passengers
#3 The 35 marine engineers stayed on board the ship as it sank
They wanted to maintain the power supply, keep lifeboat seats free and make reassuring announcements until the end to give some comfort to the frightened passengers.
#4 A month after the Titanic sank, a lifeboat with three bodies was found 300 miles from where the ship sank
#5 The first salvage vessel didn’t have sufficient capacity to embalm the countless corpses
It could only take 306 of the dead and had to come back a second time.
#6 The first film about the tragedy came out the same year the Titanic sank, 1912
It was called ‘Saved from the Titanic’ and even starred one of the survivors.
#7 It is likely that the shipwreck will have disappeared by 2030
Microbes which decompose iron have attacked the wreckage and transformed the metal into fine dust carried away by the sea current.
#8 More than half of the passengers died in the tragedy
67% of the people on board, that is 1,500 people, lost their lives.
#9 The ship only had 16 lifeboats on board instead of the 32 that were necessary
This was due to outdated safety regulations which calculated the number of lifeboats according to the weight of the ship and not the number of passengers.
#10 Ann Elizabeth Isham, a first-class passenger, returned from the lifeboat to rescue her beloved dog
She died alongside her Great Dane.
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