by Cathy Richey
Size, weight, speed
- Length: 882 feet 9 inches.
- Beam: 92 feet.
- Gross tonnage: 46,328 tons.
- Top speed : 23 knots.
- Two wing propellers, 23.5 feet diameter
(7 m) and 38 tons.
- Center propeller, 16.5 feet diameter (5
m) and 22 tons.
- Two triple-expansion reciprocating steam
- One low-pressure Parsons turbine.
- 25 double-ended Scotch-type boilers.
- 4 single-ended Scotch-type boilers.
- 159 coal burning furnaces (coal was
shoveled in by hand).
More interesting facts about the Titanic
- The Titanic cost $7.5 million dollars to
- The Titanic had 2 sisters: The Britannic
and The Olympic.
- Titanic's maiden voyage began on April 7,
1912. She made two stops before proceeding west to New York.
- There were three classes first, second,
- The Grand Staircase was located on the
first class level.
- The Titanic offered an on-board swimming
pool, a gymnasium, a Turkish bath, libraries in both the first
and second-class, and a squash court.
- First class common rooms were adorned
with elaborate wood paneling, expensive furniture and other
- The cost of a ticket in first class was
$4,350 dollars. In todays money that would probably cost around
- Total number on board: 2,201 people.
- Passengers: 1,316 passengers.
- Crew: 885.
- Thirteen couples on board were
celebrating their honeymoon.
How it went down (so to speak)
On the fateful night of April 14, a collision
with an iceberg ripped open six of the water tight compartments. The
iceberg scraped the starboard (right) side, buckling the hull in
several places and popping out rivets below the waterline over a
length of 300 ft. Many believe if the ship would have collided with
the iceberg head-on, the damage wouldn't have been quite so severe.
Titanic sank at 0220 on 15 April, breaking in two as she went down.
The human toll
- About 1500 passengers and crew members
- Of the 951 male passengers, 805 died.
- Total saved: About 700 people, mostly
women and children.
- Two dogs on board were also saved.
- Survivors were rescued by the steamship
Carpathia, which had been 58 miles away when it received
the distress signal.
Titanic carried 20 lifeboats, enough for 1178
people. One of the factors that makes the sinking of the Titanic so
memorable is the fact that lives were needlessly lost. There were
not enough lifeboats on board to hold all the passengers and crew in
the first place.
But making matters worse, what few boats there were
got launched before being filled to capacity. Why? The crew was untrained
in deployment, and there had been no drills with the passengers.
Titanic carried 3500 lifebelts and 48 life
rings, useless in the icy water. The majority of passengers that
went into the sea did not drown, but froze to death. A scene in the 1997 movie
illustrates this particularly well. The traveling Titanic exhibit makes this
fact very clear, partly through letting you feel a surface chilled to the
temperature of that sea water. Brr.
Several experts who have examined the wreckage
have said they think the ship may have sunk because of structural
damage in some of the ship's most basic parts: the rivets. They
found that several metal bolts were structurally weak.
After the tragedy.....
The Titanic disaster led to the convening of
the first "International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea" (SOLAS)
in London. On 30 January, 1914, delegates signed a treaty that
resulted in the formation and international funding of the
International Ice Patrol, which is is an agency of the United States
Coast Guard. Even today, the IIP monitors and reports on the
location of North Atlantic Ocean icebergs that could pose a threat
to transatlantic sea lane traffic
Conference delegates also agreed to new
regulations that stipulated:
- All passenger vessels would have
sufficient lifeboats for everyone onboard
- Appropriate safety drills would be
- Radio communications on passenger ships
would be operated all day along with a secondary power supply,
so as not to miss distress calls.
- The firing of red rockets from a ship
must be interpreted as a distress signal (red rockets launched
from the Titanic prior to sinking were mistaken by nearby
vessels as celebratory fireworks, delaying rescue).
So, there you have it. A snapshot of interesting facts about the Titanic.
Editor's note: It's interesting that the USA economy has been sinking in a
similar fashion, but the iceberg in this case has been the tens of trillions of
dollars wasted by Congress, evaporated by several scandals, debased by the
central bank, and outright stolen via several federal bailouts and the "too big
to fail" (jail) scam. That much burden can sink any economy, and that's exactly
what it's doing. It's not the weak rivets, it's the weak voters giving in to the
same old promises that never get fulfilled by the Demopublicans/Republicrats; in
2008, about 97% of voters fell for this ruse.