One of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century is the disastrous sinking of the Titanic.
With only 706 of the total 2,223 people aboard surviving, the irony of the world’s largest and grandest ship sinking on its maiden voyage continues to sadden and thrill the public imagination even 104 years later.
From the missing binoculars to the lack of lifeboats, the mythos around the Titanic is strong, with romance and fiction often muddling the facts of what happened that fateful night of April 14-15, 1912.
How much do you know about the Titanic, really? Perhaps you are a resident expert, or maybe you think the story of Jack and Rose is real. Keep reading to learn some of the most shocking and fascinating facts about the ill-fated ocean liner, then go impress your friends.
Before her maiden voyage and sinking, the Titanic had already taken some casualties. Nearly 250 injuries and two deaths happened during the ship’s construction in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
To the Lifeboats
Everyone knows that the lack of lifeboats was one of the biggest tragedies about the Titanic‘s sinking. But did you know there was supposed to be a lifeboat drill for passengers and crew the day before the ship struck the iceberg, but it was cancelled because Captain Smith wanted to give one last Sunday service. He was to retire after this voyage.