The Titanic was carrying 6,598 tons (5,986 metric tons) of coal to New York.
Chief Baker Charles Joughin had an amazing escape. He was standing on the stern when it slowly sank into the water and was able to step into the water without even getting his hair wet. He survived in the freezing water for two hours. He was not able to climb onto the upturned collapsible lifeboat B but eventually survivors managed to pull him into lifeboat 12.
Tins of crackers and water were stowed away in the lifeboats, but the survivors did not know they were there and most did not discover them.
There were at least nine dogs on board as well as two roosters and two hens. Two of the dogs survived.
The Harland and Wolff shipyard employed over 15,000 workmen to build the Olympic and the Titanic. They worked five and a half days a week and, aside from Christmas and Easter, had only a week ’s vacation a year.
The cheapest third-class fare on the Titanic was £7 15 shillings, including meals. This was about $40 in 1912, or about $300 today.The most expensive tickets of all were for the promenade suites on B deck and cost £870 about $50,000 today.
The Titanic was transporting goods across the Atlantic. Twelve cases of ostrich plumes were among the cargo.
Doctors wanted to amputate Richard Norris Williams’ legs when he was rescued from the Titanic, but he refused to allow it. He recovered fully and went on to win tennis tournaments. He was an Olympic gold medalist in 1924.
A daily newspaper, called the Atlantic Daily Bulletin, was produced on board the Titanic.
You can smell icebergs before you see them! The minerals in the ice give off a distinctive smell as the icebergs drift southward and melt.
There were only two bathtubs for more than 700 third-class passengers.
There was a small hole in the bottom of each lifeboat, to ensure that water did not collect in the boat while it was on deck. lifeboat 5 had reached the water before its hole was blocked.
Steam from the Titanic’s boilers powered the electricity generator, and about 200 miles (322 km) of electric cable connected it to the lights, machinery, and heating systems. Engineers in the boiler rooms succeeded in keeping the lights working on the Titanic until two minutes before it sank.
There was a 50-phone switchboard on the Titanic. The crew was able to talk to each other, and some of the first-class rooms had phones, but it was not possible to speak to people on land.
The original plans allowed room for 64 lifeboats. However, the owners and builders of the Titanic reduced the number to 16 in order to provide more space for passengers on the boat deck. They added four lifeboats with collapsible sides.