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10 tremendous things to know about the Titanic


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RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Titanic was a giant ship that was built to carry passengers across the Atlantic Ocean from Southampton, England, to New York City in the early 1900s.

It was known as the "Unsinkable Ship," but on her maiden voyage, the Titanic hit an iceberg in the icy waters of the Atlantic and sank. Each year, we remember the more than 1,500 people who lost their lives on that fateful night on April 15th, 1912.

At the time, the RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat and there were lots of things to consider for such a massive journey back in those days. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing facts and figures of the RMS Titanic.

Titanic was 269 metres in length, about 19 school buses long! And 53 metres in height, about as tall as an 18 story building with approximately 2,229 passengers on board.

Comparison image from Wikimedia/YZMO/CC BY-SA 3.0

Titanic still sits at a depth of 3,784 meters on the seabed, about seven CN Towers in depth

CN Tower Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay

Musicians on board were required to know 352 songs, in case any of the first-class passengers requested them.

Musicians graphic by Oberholster Venita from Pixabay

Titanic burned over 800 tons of coal a day. It was hand shoveled into the ship's furnace by a team of 176 men.

Coal image from Wikimedia/Powerhauser/CC BY-SA 3.0

20 horses were used to move Titanic’s main anchor before the construction of Titanic was complete.

Horses from Pixabay

About 22,000 kilograms of soap and tallow - a form of beef and/or sheep fat - were smeared on the slipway to help launch the Titanic into the water when it was ready for its journey.

Soap by theresaharris10 from Pixabay; tallow from Wikimedia/FotoosvanRobin/CC BY-SA

Only 3 of the 4 smokestacks worked. The fourth one was only for decoration to make the ship look more impressive.

Ship image from wikimedia/public domain

40,000 fresh eggs were on board. 75,000 pounds of fresh meat was on board to be prepared for passengers and crew.

Eggs image from Varintorn Kantawong/Pixabay and meat image from SnaXXy/Pixabay

The Titanic had the most advanced electrics ever seen on board a ship at the time. They powered, among other things, around 10,000 electric light bulbs all over the ship.

Lightbulb image from maja7777 from Pixabay

Although there were over 700 third-class passengers, they only had 2 bathtubs to share among all of them — one for the men and one for the women.

Bathtub image from Usonian on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-SA