Shocking Titanic Facts – Part Two

onIn 1912, when the RMS Titanic left Southampton, England, hundreds of people had showed up on the dock to watch it sail away. However, just as the Titanic started to move, something other than the ship itself got the attention of everyone who had turned out to witness the biggest ship leaving for New York City.  It was difficult for people to understand just how huge the RMS Titanic was until they saw her. The ship was almost 900 feet long, and when in a small space like a dock, it took up a lot of space and used a lot of the water in the area. As the ship passed a small steamer called New York, something unexpected happen. The smaller ship was secured to the dock with rope, and those ropes broke, and the ship was suddenly adrift. The propellers from Titanic had caused it, and the two ships nearly hit, and would have it not for tug boats and Captain Smith turning on the engines. This incident was a shock to all who witnessed it, and was seen as a bad omen for the voyage, which turned out to be true.  Here are more shocking facts about the Titanic and her short life.

 6. A Mummy’s Curse Sank the Titanic

king-tut-sarcThere has been a long standing fact that says the Titanic sank due to a mummy’s curse. While there are many records that show what the RMS Titanic was carrying, her cargo list, none of them ever mentioned an Egyptian sarcophagus. However, it is well known that sometimes items are placed in the cargo bays of ships without the knowledge of the captain or his crew. After all, the Titanic was a White Star Line ship, and with the chairman on board, J Bruce Ismay, anything certainly seemed possible.   Once the Titanic sank, the legend that there was a mummy on board that caused the disaster surfaced, and it has been a legend of the ship ever since. However, the truth is, there was no sarcophagus. How did the legend of the mummy curse get started? Innocently enough, it actually started on board the ship herself while on her ill-fated voyage.  One thing about being on a ship, that few travelers realize, is that there are long stretches of time between destinations, and nothing but blue water all around. What are passengers to do? While modern day cruise ships typically have activities, back in 1912, there was not many for passengers to do, so socializing was the only way to keep from being bored. The legend of the mummy’s sarcophagus began with passenger William T Stead, who was a famous journalist.  Stead was interested in a mummy supposedly at the British Museum, he told passengers about it one night, and the legend grew from there. The story spread through the ship, and those that survived brought it to shore.

7. The Titanic Had Plenty of  Lifeboat Space

Lifeboats2Back during the construction of the RMS Titanic, a man named Alexander Carlisle was overseeing the lifeboat situation. Carlisle proposed that the ship have 64 boats, and even hire a welding company to create the special davits for launching the extra boats. However, in the end, Carlisle was overruled by J Bruce Ismay, but the special davits remained on the ship, and were used when the ship was sinking to launch the lifeboats.

8. The Titanic Kept Sailing After the Collision

THGImage2Contrary to popular belief, the Titanic did not stop immediately after the iceberg collision. While Murdoch did signal for the ship to reverse, to try to avoid the ice. It is often depicted in movies, even James Cameron’s 1997 movie, that the ship stopped right away. However, the fact is, the Titanic kept right on sailing until the water rushing in became a problem and the ship finally came to a stop.

9. The Titanic’s Position Was Wrong

Titanic-telegramIt is quite easy for things to go wrong when disaster strikes. People can be upset, or tend to panic, and can give the wrong information. In the case of the RMS Titanic, while the sense of panic was not shown due to keeping the passengers calm, the fact is, the senior officers gave the wireless room operators the wrong position, which was then broadcast to ships that were coming to the ship’s rescue.

10. The Titanic’s Distress Signals Were the Wrong Color

TitanicsinkingTypically, when a ship is in trouble, they send up rockets so a nearby ship can come render assistance.  The rockets that are shot into the air are normally colored, and they resemble fireworks, zipping into the sky then exploding into many colors. However, on the night of the Titanic disaster, the rockets were white, and were even questions by Captain Stanley Lord, as to waht color they were. Lord mistakenly thought the rockets were company signals, which are typically just plain white rockets, and at the time, he did not get that the Titanic was truly in trouble and people were going to die.

The RMS Titanic sank in 1912, and even today, there are more facts about her tragically short life that are being discovered. Over the course of two weeks, some shocking facts about the Titanic have been posted. The most shocking fact of all about the Titanic herself is the fact she had a very short life, and even to this day, people are endlessly fascinated in all the fact about the ship, and will continue to do so for a very long time.

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