One of the most famous ships in history, the RMS Titanic, had a tragic ending after sideswiping an iceberg and sinking into the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15th, 1912.
- The ship carried 2,224 passengers and crew,
- More than 1,500 died.
At the time, the Titanic was the largest ship afloat and was called “unsinkable.” However, it became one of the deadliest commercial maritime disasters in modern history. While the ship’s story has been told in multiple films, there are some chilling details that remain fairly unknown.
Here are 16 haunting facts about the RMS Titanic.
1. Once the RMS Titanic made contact with the giant iceberg, it took two hours and forty minutes until the massive ship was completely submerged under the water.
2. Famously recognized for their heroism, eight musicians of the RMS Titanic decided to continue playing music as the ship sank. They did this as an attempt to keep the passengers calm. All eight musicians died and only three of their bodies were ever found.
3. While the Titanic was equipped to carry up to 64 lifeboats, it optimistically only carried 20. During the sinking of the Titanic, most of the lifeboats were not filled to capacity and many lives that could have been saved were lost.
4. The day the Titanic sank there was a lifeboat drill scheduled. It ended up being cancelled by the Captain for unknown reasons.
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