1. The Titanic had the capacity to carry around 64 lifeboats, but only actually held about 20
At first, the ship was designed to hold 32 lifeboats, but designers reduced the amount as they thought that it would clutter up the deck too much.
2. The menu on board the Titanic for April 11, 1912 included grilled ox, boiled hominy, buckwheat cakes, kidneys and bacon, and grilled sausage – among other things
This was a breakfast menu that second class passengers would have eaten from just three days before the sinking of the ship.
3. The menu for first class passengers on April 12, 1912, included halibut with shrimp sauce, fillets of duckling with green peas, and pineapple royale
This was the menu given to first class passengers two days before the ship sank.
4. The iconic violin that was played as the ship was sinking was sold for $1.7 million in a 2013 auction
The instrument belonged to the band leader of the ship, Wallace Hartley – it took seven years for auction house Henry Aldridge and Sons to prove that the violin in question was actually legitimate.
5. A first class ticket for the Titanic was $2,560 – that’s equivalent to over $61,000 present day
Charlotte Drake Cardeza was one of these first class passengers, and for her money she got a three room suite (two bedrooms and a sitting room), along with a bath and two wardrobe rooms. There was also a private promenade deck which was 50 foot long.
6. Ever wondered what a life jacket on board the Titanic looked like? Wonder no more:
This life preserver belonged to survivor Laura Mabel Francatelli, and was signed by fellow survivors who shared Laura’s lifeboat.
7. These interesting looking “cycle racing machines” could be found in the gymnasium on board the ship
8. The only woman who survived both the sinking of the Titanic and the Britannic was Violet Jessop
She was a stewardess aboard the Titanic.
9. John Jacob Astor IV, heir to the Astor family fortune, was the wealthiest passenger on board
He did not survive the tragedy, but his wife Madeleine Talmage Force lived. She was pregnant at the time.
10. Guests could enjoy the swimming pool, which could be found on the middle deck
11. This letter was salvaged from the day the Titanic sank
— Belfast Live (@BelfastLive) March 25, 2015
It was written on the same day as the tragedy by survivor Esther Hart. It details how both Hart and her daughter were going to sing in an on board concert the following night.
Her daughter, Eva Hart, who was only seven years old at the time, spoke about her experiences many years later:
12. The ocean that passengers of the Titanic would have faced was so cold that jumping into the water has been described as feeling like “being stabbed everywhere, simultaneously, with a thousand knives.”
13. In the documantary Titanic: The New Evidence, it suggests that a fire might have played a part in the Titanic‘s sinking
There is a 30 foot long black shadow in this photo, which the documentary claims is “evidence that a fire below decks in a coal bunker caused serious damage that weakened the ship’s hull in the same area where the iceberg later struck the ship.”
14. Milton Hershey (the man behind Hershey’s chocolate) was set to sail on the ship – but changed his mind and got on another ship that was leaving earlier, due to his business plans
15. The wreckage of the Titanic was only discovered in the depths in 1985
16. Millvina Dean was the last survivor of the horrific event, but she passed away at the age of 97 in 2009
She was also the youngest of Titanic‘s survivors, being just 9 weeks old at the time.