Everyone would have watched if not read about the Titanic Saga. The largest ship measuring about 882 ft in length was struck by tragedy on April 14th, 1912.The ship had to endure around 1500 casualties when it struck the iceberg while sailing across the Atlantic.
So, here we bring a compiled list of the 10 lesser known facts about this historic ship which will definitely give you goosebumps.
There was a book by Morgan Robertson written in 1898 which creepily resembled the Titanic tragedy. The book was called The Wreck of the Titan, and the plot comprised of a ship, named Titan hits the iceberg and sinks and there is a scarcity with lifeboats. A similar fate was met by Titanic.
The Full Moon
As stated by National Geographic’s Richard A. Lovett -‘That full moon, on January 4, 1912, may have created unusually strong tides that sent a flotilla of icebergs southward–just in time for Titanic’s maiden voyage.’ It is also believed that moon was that closest that day since 796 AD.
According to the Smithsonian, ‘The atmospheric conditions in the area that night were ripe for super refraction.’This optical illusion causes miraging.Thus the crew would have found it difficult to spot the iceberg.
A lifeboat drill which was scheduled on that fateful day was canceled. If not the drill would have at least prepared the crew to save more lives.
The musicians portrayed their true sense of duty and continued playing their instruments till the end while the ship was sinking in order to calm the passengers. Tragically they went down with the ship.
The main cause of death was hypothermia as the temperature of the water was around 28 Fahrenheit which is below the freezing point. People would have died within 15 minutes from hitting the water. Some as less as two minutes.
Whiskey to the rescue
One person went through the horrors of seeing the others sink with a flask of whiskey. He was one of the survivors who braved the cold with his whiskey.
The Almost Rescue
20 miles away, the SS Californian ceased to maintain a strategic distance from ice. The chief of that ship saw the Titanic’s flares however he chose to disregard them, supposing they were ‘company rockets.’ The SOS signals from the Titanic were not seen until the morning in light of the fact that the Californian’s radio administrator went to bed. When they got to the scene the following day, they found all the bodies floating in the water.
The False News
The UK’s Daily Mail reported the false news that no lives were lost. It was too late before they realized the mistake.
The Iceberg disruption
After the Titanic, the icebergs are still an issue up until today. A year ago, an iceberg tore a gap in the frame of a Russian angling pontoon that was cruising in the Antarctic. The team comprised of 32 individuals. They needed to toss their cargoes over the edge to ease the burden while sitting tight right around 2 weeks waiting for assistance.