When people hear that on the night of April 15, 1912, over 1523 people died that horrible and freezing cold night, the idea that 1523 can really seem so big a number that the number itself actually becomes meaningless. People can see the number 1523 and not understand just how many that truly is until they are given that number in terms of how many human beings it represents. 1500 dominoes on the floor, or 1500 stones in the wall is not as powerful as 1500 men, women, and children floating in the water that terrible night.
Titanic Facts About the Ship Itself
The Titanic was considered to be the biggest ship in the world at that time, and her length is actually pretty impressive. Here are some Titanic facts that will help people understand just how big she was, and a few other interesting facts about her.
Time of construction: 3 years
Total number of rivets used: 3 million
Propellers: 3 made of bronze
Boilers: 29 boilers (Titanic had unique boilers that were especially designed to be round with round doors. The two only other ships that had this design were Olympic and Brittanic)
Total amount of coal used: Titanic needed approximately 825 tons of coal every day to keep the boilers red hot and running.
Watertight compartments: 16 (It is interesting to note that the watertight compartments only went as high as F deck, but they did not have watertight tops, which may have made a big difference on the night of the sinking)
Length: Titanic was 882 feet and 9 inches long.
Width: Titanic was 92 feet wide.
Decks: Titanic had 9 decks
Capacity: 3547 people
Lifeboats: 20 broken down into 14 regular plus 4 Englehardt collapsible canvas boats, and 2 emergency lifeboats
Total lifeboat capacity: 1,178 people (regular lifeboats could hold 65 persons in each, the emergency lifeboats could hold 40 persons in each, and the Englehardt collapsible canvas boats could each old 47)
Staterooms: 840 rooms broken down into 416 First Class rooms, 162 Second Class rooms, and 262 Third Class rooms.
Titanic Facts About the Night of the Sinking
Total number of iceberg warnings Titanic received that day: 6 (It is a known fact that despite the fact that Titanic did have 6 iceberg warnings, Captain Smith did not actually get to see all 6. The wireless operators did not take all of them up to the bridge, and the last message that came through was from a ship called the Mesaba, which actually gave a more detailed position as to where ice and icebergs could be found. The warning mapped out the ice, and it turned out, Titanic was right in the center of that position when she struck the iceberg.)
Time between the spotting of the iceberg and impact: 37 seconds (In order to reach this number, extensive testing was done with the Olympic.)
Number of compartments that got damaged by the iceberg: 6 (Titanic was designed to stay afloat with 4 compartments ruptured.)
Estimated amount of damage done by iceberg collision: A total of 12 square feet.
Time it took for Titanic to sink: 2 hours and 40 minutes (Titanic struck the iceberg at 11:40 pm and went completely underwater at 2:20 am)
When were the first lifeboats launched: The first lifeboats launched was lifeboat #7,which was lowered 65 minutes after the iceberg collision, which was at 12:45 am. The lifeboat only held 27 people even though the capacity for it was 65.)
Titanic Facts: Statistics Involving the Survivors and Victims
Number of victims: 1523
Percentage of passengers that survived: Approximately 31.6 percent of the passenger on the Titanic survived the disaster.
Survivors broken down into numbers:
First Class: 61 percent survived
Second Class: 42 percent survived
Third Class: 24 percent survived
Female passengers: 75 percent of the survivors were female
Male passengers: 20 percent of the survivors were male
Dogs: There were 9 dogs on the Titanic, but all put 2 of them were lost
Titanic Facts: Statistics About the Crew
Total number of crew who survived: 214
Total percentage of crew who survived: 22 percent of the crew survived the disaster.
Total percentage of female crew members who survived: 77 percent
Total percentage of male crew members who survived: 22 percent
Total percentage of the Navigation officers who survived: 50 percent, (4 officers out of 8)
Total percentage of the Engineering officers: 0 percent (every single Engineering officers was below decks trying to keep the power on so distress signals could be sent)
The RMS Titanic sank in the early morning hours of April 15th, 1912. Though it has been almost 102 years, interest in the Titanic is just as strong now as it was back then. Many people search tirelessly for information about the disaster, and hopefully these Titanic facts will aid them in their quest to find out exactly what happened that terrible, freezing cold, April night.