It is difficult to find new and interesting facts about the Titanic but here are 10 facts about the Titanic you may not have known,
A Carbon Cruncher
Titanic's engines used more than 800 tons of coal each day. The ship's top speed was 24 knots (27 miles per hour).
The Key's to Survival
What does the look out in the crow’s nest need most? Not just a good pair of eyes but a good pair of binoculars as well. And that’s exactly what look outs Fredrick Fleet and Reginald Lee were suppose to have. When Second Officer David Blair was removed from the crew list mere days before the ship left the dock, he forgot to give his replacement, the more experienced Henry Wilde, a senior officer from sister ship the Olympic, the key to the look out’s locker—the locker which housed the binoculars.
To add insult to injury, when Fleet, who survived the sinking, gave his testimony at the official inquiry he stated that if the look outs had had binoculars they would have seen the obstacle much sooner and probably have saved the ship from it’s watery fate.
How do we use a lifeboat?
Many passengers and crew were confused about how the lifeboats should work, and many thought the boats should first be lowered into the water before people boarded. This is one reason many lifeboats were launched with less than full capacity. The first lifeboat launched with 28 people, despite its capacity for 65.
A Premonition of Disaster
Morgan Robertson a writer has written a novel named ‘Futility’ in 1898 almost 14 year prior to titanic tragedy, In that novel he wrote about a ship named ‘Titan’ the largest ship ever built hitting the iceberg in Atlantic ocean on a cold April night, Both of the ships, The fictional one and the real one ‘Titanic’ were same in design and were labeled ‘unsinkable’
The Last Race
There was a horse aboard the Titanic. Baron Ignatz von Gluckbogen, a wealthy playboy and stable owner, brought Fleet Strudel, his finest racehorse, and exercised the thoroughbred daily in a custom-built paddock on C deck. When informed the ship was sinking, the Baron declared he would go down with his horse. But Fleet Strudel panicked when the water reached his fetlocks, threw his hapless owner and was last seen swimming toward the Belmont Park racetrack.
The Titanic Code
Of the 143,619 books written about the Titanic since 1912, perhaps the most fascinating from a literary point of view is Howard Kepler’s “How I Survived the Titanic Disaster By Being Born 22 Years After It Sank.” The book is written entirely in Morse code.
Titanic Toilet Troulbe
There were only six toilets on the Titanic. In those days, most passengers and crew members still observed the age-old maritime tradition of going over the side.