8 Interesting Facts About The Titanic That You Probably Didn’t Know

Most of us have seen the movie Titanic, the second grossing film of all time. It gave us a glimpse of what it might have been like to be on that voyage, but it was a romance and there was a lot that the movie didn’t cover. The tragedy still fascinates us even a hundred years later.

#1. A lifeboat drill was scheduled to take place on board the ship the very day the Titanic hit the iceberg, but was canceled by the captain.

#2. Remember that scene in the movie where the musicians continued to play while the ship was sinking? That was true, they actually continued to play for hours. Unfortunately, none of them survived.

#3. Milton Hershey of Hershey’s chocolate had tickets to be on the Titanic but he canceled his reservation.

#4. A Japanese survivor was regarded as a coward when he returned to Japan for not dying with the rest of the passengers.

#5. Only 3 of the 4 iconic smokestacks worked, the 4th was to make the ship look more impressive.

#6. The British newspaper London Daily Mail reported “Titanic Sunk, No Lives Lost” in their initial April 16, 1912 story. Other newspapers reported the same, like this one below.

#7. The New York Times devoted 75 pages to coverage of the Titanic in the first week after the diseaster.
#8. A ship named Californian was close by when the Titanic sent out distress signals, but the ship’s wireless operator had already gone to bed. 
The crew woke the captain to tell him about the mysterious lights (flares) they saw in the sky, but he issued no orders. The ship Carpathia picked up all of the survivors. Some believe that if the Californian had responded, there would have been more survivors.

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