Over the last few weeks we've been looking at top Titanic Facts to do with the history of the R.M.S Titanic, all of the articles included in this series can be accessed from the list below:
In this article we are going to explore some of the Titanic facts surrounding the disaster of the Titanic.
Fact 1: Titanic Departed
The Titanic departed from Southampton on April 10th 1912, bound for Cherbourg where she would stop to collect passengers before making her way to Queenstown at her final stop.
Fact 2: Final Memories
The final picture of the Titanic can be seen below on this page, this is the last picture ever taken of the Titanic as she steamed away from Queens town (taken by Francis Browne) after her final stop, she was on her way to New York and her fate had already been sealed.
Fact 3: The Final Ice Warnings
The two final iceberg warnings were sent at 21:40 and 22:55, the final of which was sent by the Californian. Neither of the warnings ever made it to Titanic's bridge that night due to Jack Phillips being the sole operator working that night, busy dealing with paid messages.
Fact 4: The Iceberg Is Spotted
The iceberg which caused Titanic to sink was spotted by Frederick Fleet at 23:40, shortly after which the order was given to turn the ship “hard a starboard” but it was too late and the ship was struck a fatal blow on her starboard side.
Fact 5: Lifeboat Space Wasted
Many of the 20 lifeboats on board Titanic had their space effectively wasted as the majority of them were launched unfilled, in fact many of them were launched less than half full. Some report that this was due to concerns by crew on the strength of the davits, whilst others report it was because they never thought the ship would actually sink.
Fact 6: The Sinking Date Of Titanic
The date which Titanic sank is often reported incorrectly, if you were to ask people on what date did Titanic sink the majority of them would say it sunk on April 14th 1912. However, this is factually incorrect, the Titanic struck the iceberg on April 14th 1912 but in actual fact it sank on April 15th 1912.
Fact 7: Sinking Time Of Titanic
The Titanic disappeared below the water of the North Atlantic Ocean just 2 hours and 40 minutes after she struck the iceberg. Her stern sank below the water at 02:20 a.m on April 15th 1912.
Fact 8: Survivors From The Water
Only 13 people were rescued from the water on the night that Titanic sank, even though there would have been some 500 spaces in the surrounding lifeboats. The remaining passengers who entered the water that night would have died fairly quickly from hypothermia, cardiac arrest and other conditions associated with the extreme cold that night.
Fact 9: A Great Loss Of Life
Only 710 people survived the sinking of Titanic, 1517 lives were lost and either went down with the ship or died in the freezing cold water. R.M.S Carpathia collected and took aboard Titanic's remaining survivors from the water around 4 a.m on April 15th.
Fact 10: Titanic Lay Undisturbed
The Titanic lay 2 and a half miles down at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean for 73 years until Dr Robert Ballard discovered the wreck in 1985. Since that time a further 27 years have passed and the Titanic wreck has begun to disintegrate at an increasing speed.
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