To this day, people are fascinated by the heartbreaking story of the RMS Titanic, where a journey inspired by a bold vision was tragically cut short. On the early morning of April 14, 1912, just days after the ship’s departure, the legendary Titanic crashed into an unexpected iceberg and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Titanic departed from Southampton, UK intending to reach New York City, US. For many, this journey was a trip of spoils and luxury, only available for the elite members of society. Other passengers, however, had their life savings aboard the Titanic as they hoped to find a new beginning in the United States of America. The ship and it’s many lavish, never before seen amenities proved a once in a lifetime experience for everyone on board.
What Was life on the Titanic Really Like
Unfortunately, the Titanic sank as soon as four days after it set off on its voyage. Today, most people know about the tragic demise of the ship from the hit movie, “Titanic.” The film paints a vivid picture of what life was like for the passengers and greatly emphasizes the separation of classes that they enforced on the journey.
The story between Jack, portrayed by Leonardo Dicaprio and Rose, portrayed by Kate Winslet, might be fictional, but it does leave us wondering what life was really like aboard the Titanic. One thing that the movie got right was this; if you were a first-class member, you experienced a luxurious four days on the ship. However, the third-class members had a much different experience. Popular Everything has photos to prove just how different things were among the classes.
Lining Up to Say Farewell
Hundreds of people lined up on the dock to watch the majestic ship set sail. Lovers, family members, and friends all came to witness the beginning of what would be a historical journey.
People waved handkerchiefs and shouted “farewell,” with both fascination and a tad bit of envy in their hearts. What these people didn’t realize was that this trip would go down in history for all the wrong reasons.
The Biggest Propellers Ever Made
The size of the Titanic’s propellers alone exemplifies just how massive the ship really was. The Titanic had three propellers, each weighing 28 tons and spanning 23 feet in width. The propellers go down in history for being the largest ones ever built.
In fact, they are even bigger than the ones that modern cruise ships use today. The engineers wanted to make the Titanic as powerful as possible. The sheer physical greatness of the ship was expected to break records and make its way into history books. Expectations were high, and no one foresaw the dangers ahead.
The Talk of the Century
The amount of coverage Titanic received in the media would be considered a “viral” sensation in today’s world. It was the talk of the century across the globe and journalists reported its progress every step of the way.
Owning a ticket to the Titanic’s voyage became a contested sign of status and luxury. Proving your financial worth was of extreme importance back in 1912, so you can imagine just how desperate people were to brag about attaining a first class ticket. If only people knew what horror awaited the passengers.
Using Real Horse Power
The Titanic was one of the largest ships of its time, and one of the hardest to build. Three thousand men worked on building the Titanic, but manpower alone was not enough. Today we have trucks that can haul tons from highway to highway, but in 1912, people were still using horses to help them carry heavy loads.
Transporting the ship’s main anchor required the pull of 20 horses. A project this big is a lot easier to create today, but back in the day, it required extreme measures.
The Ship Sailed With Loads of Food
Building the Titanic was a tough mission, but that was not the end of the hard work. A huge logistical issue was the amount of food that the ship needed in order to feed all its passengers.
According to the records, the ship utilized 14,000 gallons of drinking water every 24 hours. The Titanic set sail with 40,000 fresh eggs and 1,000 bottles of wine.
Getting Ready to Sail in Style
On the day that the Titanic finally set sail, passengers could not wait to board the already famous ship and start their journey across the Atlantic. Once boarding, first-class passengers entered a beautiful room with white paneling and an elaborately carved ceiling. They were then greeted by ship staff and escorted to their rooms. For them, it was a luxurious experience from the moment they stepped on the ship.
First-class passengers were able to walk along the upper deck that was reserved exclusively for them. As the Titanic departed, anticipation and excitement between passengers resonated in the air.
The Proud Captain of the Ship
Captain Smith, seen here proudly posing in his uniform, was renown for taking charge of ships like the Titanic. A man of his stature earned 105 pounds a month; double the amount of an average ship captain.
Captain Smith was already somewhat a celebrity and was ready to go down in history for leading the Titanic across the Atlantic Ocean.
A Dream Come True for Everyone
The Titanic was indeed a massive ship for its time. Everyone who wanted to feel like an elite member of society went to great lengths to find themselves a first-class ticket. The Titanic boarded a total of 2,223 people including staff and crew members. About 350 of the passengers were first-class.
A significant amount of third-class passengers boarded the ship in search of a new life in the United States. The tickets were in no way cheap, but they were worth it for someone who was looking for a fresh start in “the land of opportunity.” The thought of boarding the Titanic was a dream for all social classes.
Full Speed Ahead
The Titanic’s engine room acted as the heart of the ship and it depended on hard-working laborers to function. The engine pushed the massive ship along the Atlantic Ocean.
The Titanic’s top speed was 23 knots, which is around 26 miles an hour. Today, 26 miles an hour sounds pretty slow, but it was a great speed considering the massive size of the ship.
Honeymooners on Board
Two thousand two hundred thirty-three people boarded the Titanic, and each one of them had a story to tell. According to the records, 13 couples aboard the Titanic were celebrating their honeymoon.
Upon their arrival, the honeymooners were greeted with roses and champagne. For them, the Titanic was meant to be a romantic adventure to celebrate this new and exciting chapter in life.
Anyone Who’s Anyone at Café Parisien
Cafe Parisien was the hot spot for tea time. When passengers didn’t want to spend their hours at the indoor lounge, they made a break for this cafe. There, passengers adorned in fancy attire, arrived to mingle and be seen. It was pretty much the closest thing to a red carpet event.
Cafe Parisien overlooked the Atlantic Ocean, making the view utterly breathtaking. This area was popular amongst the younger first class members. Customers could order oysters, vanilla eclairs, salmon, and roasted duck.
The first-class cabin was known to be the ultimate luxury. The bedroom was more extravagant than most passengers had ever experienced in their lives. Among the first-class cabins were a group of even fancier rooms, reserved for the most elite passengers.
These cabins were interconnected by a private deck made just for them. Though passengers staying in these rooms were by far the most envied, they turned out to be the least fortunate when tragedy struck. These luxury rooms were all located on Deck B, where the fewest people survived the ship sinking.
Third-Class Dining Hall
Third-class dining was nowhere near as lavish as the first-class dining. This area looked more like a school cafeteria. Despite the difference between the dining halls, members of the third-class were very pleased with the standards.
The makers of the Titanic wanted every passenger’s experience to be as elegant as possible. Survivors say that the table setting and silverware was the classiest they’ve ever seen. In this dining hall, the passengers ate roast beef, baked potatoes, vegetable stew, and porridge.
The Titanic’s Gym
Although it’s hard for us to imagine that people were as into fitness back then as we are today, it’s true. The Titanic was large enough to have many facilities, including a gym. For those of you who don’t recognize what this contraption is, it’s a rowing machine! In addition to the rower, there was an electric camel, cycling machines and an electric horse.
Though one would expect a ticket on this magnificent ship would grant them access to all its facilities, that was not the case for the Titanic. Only the first class passengers were able to use the Titanic’s gymnasium. The man photographed here had no idea he would need to use his rowing skills in the days to come.
The Irony of the Rowing Machine
The Titanic’s gym had several workout machines, a pool intended for laps, and a Turkish bath. Among all the luxuries the gym had was a rowing machine. So many people look back at these pictures and think about how eerie it was that this machine was on board.
Of course, most gyms in those times had one, but it served much more purpose on this boat. Imagine all the men and women using the machine, not knowing what mayhem they were preparing their bodies for.
The Indoor Swimming Pool
Today it has become the norm to board a cruise ship and expect to find numerous swimming pools, water slides, and wave pools. Of course, the swimming pool in the Titanic was not as flashy as the ones we see today, but it was still a luxury for the people on the ship.
The pool, located in the ship’s gym, was utilized for exercising purposes and was filled with salt water instead of chlorine. Near it was a Turkish bath for people to relax in after a long workout. The interesting fact about this area was that the engineers put a lot of effort into water-proofing it, making it the last room to flood as the ship sank.
Never Miss Tea Time
The women in this photo are members of the first class that boarded the Titanic. They sat and drank earl grey during the most social hour of the day, tea time. A band would play music in the background to create a pleasant ambiance.
Passengers who were allowed entrance in the tea room enjoyed buttered toast, mini sandwiches and other treats to fill them up before dinner time. The tea room was known for serving alcohol as early as eight in the morning. If you’re familiar with the movie “Titanic,” you might recognize this setting from the scene where Rose’s family discussed her future wedding.
No Boys Allowed!
This room was created to provide a special space for female passengers to relax together in peace and quiet. It was open from 8:00 AM until 11:30 PM. First-class guests popped in as they pleased.
Though the decks were relaxing, they were too noisy, so this room really did the trick. The room was painted white and had pink curtains to signify being for women only.
The Stunning First-Class Cabin
Many of the Titanic’s luxuries were known only to the first-class passengers. Some people say that the third-class conditions were unlivable. The first-class cabins had different levels of luxury.
The blue room in this photo is considered one of the most luxurious cabins which were occupied by the richest passengers. It had a connecting room, heating, and an extra bed in the master bedroom. Though the other luxury cabins were stunning, this one was the most coveted of all.
The Massive Crossbeam Meant to Hold the Ship Together
In this photo, a man stands next to a giant metal brace that was installed through the middle of the ship. It was meant to form a strong foundation for the ship.
The crew began the construction of the Titanic, the largest ocean liner at the time, on March 31, 1909. It took as long as 26 months to build from the time they started working on it in the Belfast shipyard. About 3,000 men worked on the construction. Sadly, eight men died on the job.
The Radio Operator on the Job
This picture shows a young man working as a radio operator aboard the ship. The Titanic had its own radio room to serve multiple purposes. One of the primary duties of the operator was to send out periodic signals about the ship’s status. Just as the Titanic began to sink, the radio operator woke up and ran to the radio.
He immediately sent out distress signals, hoping that they would reach anyone that could help save the passengers of the Titanic. He stood by his post, sending these signals out until his last final minutes. He could have run to the lifeboats, but he chose to do whatever he could to save the passengers. After the Titanic sank, it became mandatory for radio crews to have a rotating shift structure in order to ensure 24/7 radio coverage.
Life in the Boiler Room
Aborad the Titanic were a total of six boiler rooms. Altogether, there were 29 boilers that needed to be tended to as the Titanic made way on its voyage at sea. A ship this big needed a lot of manpower to maintain, especially in those days when they lacked the efficient technologies we have today.
The boiler rooms were held at the lowest point of the ship. One hundred seventy-nine men worked around the clock to feed the boilers. The room was hot, and the stakes were high.
Soak Up the Sun
First-class passengers often spent their hours walking along on the top deck or lounging on the reclining chairs that overlooked the vast ocean. A crew of staff members who manned the deck offered the passengers tea and assistance with their chairs.
This was a social area for the younger first-class members. During the day, the sun was out and the incredible view made it worth standing a bit of chilled wind. However, the area was empty as the sun went down. The cold was too much to bear.
Woman Took Charge of the Life Boats
The last group of lifeboats to be saved by The Carpathia waited until 8:30 AM to know that they were going to be ok. That is a full 10 hours of distress and uncertainty.
The lifeboats were rowed mainly by women which is no surprise. The first people given access to lifeboats were women and children, so the stronger women had to take charge of their lifeboat.
The Grand Staircase Used by First-Class Passengers Only
The famous Titanic was so large that it had room for two main staircases. One staircase was designated for the second-class passengers. The Grand Staircase, which passed through six decks at the center of the ship, was only for the elite, first-class passengers.
Makers of the Titanic hired an Irish company called Harland and Wolff to decorate the staircase with stunning oak paneling that was always clean and polished.
The Famous Glass Dome
Above the Grand Staircase was a decorative piece that the passengers could not stop talking about. The designers, Harland and Wolff, added a grandiose glass dome as part of the ship’s interior. Several newspapers from all over the world wrote about the dome with amazement. It blew everyone’s mind as it signaled just how much detail went into the making of the famous Titanic.
The glass dome took everything to a whole new level of elegance. Walking up these stairs was a luxury that only some members could experience, but everyone knew about.
Heating Was a Luxury
The first class cabins were obviously only available to the wealthy. They were also the only class that received a 50% discount on tickets for their pets and their children. Another luxury that the first class had access to was an abundant amount of fireplaces.
Sailing over the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean meant experiencing some very cold temperatures. The first class cabins and socializing areas were all equipped with heating. Second and third class areas were not as lucky.
The Second-Class Lounge Area
Second-class passengers aboard the Titanic were able to play games such as ring toss and shuffleboard. Although they had much fewer activities than first-class, they were still happy to hang out, smoke and chat in the second-class lounge.
These were the moments that passengers cherished on their days aboard the ship. Although it looked different across the social classes, socializing was, in fact, the main event for all passengers. Just think how many laughs and good memories filled these rooms before tragedy struck.
First-Class Lounge Area
It was clear to differentiate the first-class and second-class lounge areas. For starters, the first-class lounge had much more elaborate decorations. It also had more staff members working in the area.
This room was open from 8:00 in the morning to 11:00 at night. Passengers spent hours there laughing, playing cards and smoking cigars.
The Captain Who Saved 705 People
Margret Molly Brown hands over a trophy to Arthur Rostron, the captain of The Carpathia, recognizing his extreme courage in saving Titanic passengers. Brown’s ship heroically came to the rescue for the distraught survivors of the Titanic. Distress signals were sent out up until the last moments of the radio operator’s life.
The Carpathia reached the Titanic 3.5 hours after getting the signal. They were able to save approximately 700 survivors. By the time they arrived, the Titanic was already underwater. Around 1,500 people tragically died as the ship sank.
Connecting Cabins in First Class
Many first-class rooms had a door that connected to a smaller room with a bed. It is believed that the smaller area was meant for children who came on the ship with their parents. However, it was also used for passengers who brought their butlers along with them.
Although most hotels have connecting rooms these days, this was a great luxury back then, especially on the Titanic. Some second-class cabins and all third-class rooms had bunk beds and shared bathrooms.
The Decor & Price of the Cabins
Tickets for these rooms cost about 870 euros in the high season. Today that’s equal to 72,000 euros! The decor of the first class cabins mimicked different periods in history. There were rooms inspired by decorative styles from the period of Louis XVI, Louis XV, Georgian and Queen Anne.
Though these rooms might look totally out of date, they were considered to be quite fabulous back in 1912. The designers wanted to make these rooms unforgettable so that word would spread about their artistic talents.
Strategically Hiding the Staff in First-Class Areas
These first class cabins hosted some of the wealthiest people in the world at the time. Back then, there was a strong notion that the wealthy shouldn’t be bothered by people in a lower class than them. Of course, this thought process is quite obnoxious, but it was the reality at the time.
For that reason, the makers of the Titanic placed several rooms for staff members near the first-class cabins but made sure that they all were interconnected so that the wealthy people did not have to see them walking in the halls.
Survivors Of the Titanic Approaching The Carpathia
Passengers who were lucky enough to make it onto one of the first lifeboats waited in the ocean for two hours until they finally approached the RMS Carpathia. The Captain of The Carpathia heard the distress signals sent out from the Titanic and decided to set sail to save as many people as he could.
It was 11:45 PM when the first lifeboat launched from the Titanic. These boasts were released into the icy waters up until 2:15 AM when the ship fully capsized.
How Much It Cost to Build
After seeing the ins and outs of what was the most luxurious ship of its time, one can’t help but wonder how much money it cost to build such an extravagant machine.
Back then, a ship of that caliber cost around $7.5 million to make. Although that’s a big number, it’s not even close to the amount you would need to remake the Titanic today. The equivalent of $7.5 million today is around $175 million. Now that sounds more like it!
Two Famous Survivors
When the crew began sending passengers into lifeboats, women and children were instructed to enter before everyone else. However, sixty children were not fortunate enough to survive the sinking of the Titanic. The two boys in the picture are some of the lucky children who did survive.
Michel and Edmond Navratil arrived safely in New York. Unfortunately, their father passed away after he placed them in the lifeboat. These young boys, along with their father, were among the second-class members. Their mother opted out on the voyage and stayed behind in France. Two long weeks went by before the Navratil boys were able to reunite with their mother.
A Mother and Daughter Mourn Together
Charlotte Collyer and her daughter Marjorie were second-class passengers aboard the Titanic. They lived in England and were headed to Idaho for a new life. Both of them survived the sinking, but unfortunately, Charlotte’s husband was left behind in the chaos.
The moment they arrived in the US; reporters stopped them to pose for a picture and tell their story. Charlotte’s tale of the event was the most detailed and emotional of all the ones recorded. These two were lucky enough to make it on lifeboat number 14 and onto The Carpathia. They wound up moving back to England as their entire life savings were now at the bottom of the ocean.
Survivors Bombarded by the Media
When the survivors of the Titanic arrived in New York with The Carpathia, they were met with mobs of reporters. Everyone was eager to know what happened, how many people survived, and what the last moments on the Titanic were like.
Some of them agreed to pose for pictures and participate in interviews while others were still too shocked by the event.
Making it to New York
Those who survived the Titanic owed their lives to the captain and crew of The Carpathia that came to save them. In this photo, passengers walk off The Carpathia and on to the dock in New York.
First-Class passengers were allowed to enter the US immediately, however, the second and third class survivors waited on The Carpathia for hours as immigration processed their papers. All of them were faced with a mob of cameras and reporters.
The Only Topic in the Headlines for Weeks
After news got out that the greatest ship had sunk to the bottom of the ocean, it became the topic of headlines all across the globe. Here, a young man holds an enlarged headline “Titanic Disaster Great Loss of Life.” People stand around him reading about the travesty.
Before the Titanic set sail, people could only speak of its greatness. All the things that could go wrong with a ship like this were hardly ever discussed. People were so distracted with amazement and envy that they were blinded to all the dangers the Titanic could approach at sea.
The First to Spot the Iceberg
Frederick Fleet was a crewman on board the Titanic. He and a fellow crewman, Lee, were stationed on the lookout around the time the ship met its tragic destiny. He was the first to shout “Iceberg, straight ahead!” He survived the sinking and gave testimony that had he and Lee received binoculars, they could have spotted the iceberg long before the crash.
“We could have seen it (the iceberg) a bit sooner.” When he was asked how much sooner he said, “Well, enough to get out of the way.” Frederick became extremely depressed in the years following the crash as he blamed himself for the whole thing.
The Ship Was Not Prepared for the Worst
Of course, no one could have guessed that the Titanic was going to hit an iceberg in the middle of the ocean. However, every ship should be prepared for the worst. The captain of the Titanic died in the crash but he is ridiculed for skipping out on some crucial safety measures that could have saved lives. While there were enough life vests for all passengers, there were only 20 lifeboats.
It was later revealed that the ship was capable of carrying 64 lifeboats, but the captain decided that they were not necessary. Only 31.6% of passengers survived the Titanic, the number would have been much higher had people considered a crash.
Why Survivers Heard a Loud “Boom”
Part of what was used to power the Titanic was a powerful hydraulic system. These launch rams were located at the bottom of the ship, aiding its plunge forward as it set sail.
This system exploded as the back half of the ship sank to the bottom of the ocean. survivors heard the boom and wondered what caused it. Later on, physicists analyzed the entire downfall of the Titanic and determined that the loud noise was a result of the hydraulic system exploding.
The Turkish Bath
One of the most extravagant luxuries that the first class passengers were able to experience was a Turkish bath.
The walls were designed with beautiful and elaborate tiles. Inside were lounge chairs for the spa-goers to relax as they made their way to New York.
Third Class Lounge
The third class lounge area had significantly fewer luxuries than the first and second-class. There were no plush seats, white sealings, and servers waiting to fill requests.
This area was quite crowded with people who were trying to pass the time until the voyage was over. The third-class experience was described to be in no way enjoyable. For them, it was not about the journey, but rather about the destination and the hope for new beginnings.
An Irish Woman Selling Lace
Many of the third-class passengers were on their way to start a new life. Some of them brought all their savings with them on the “unsinkable ship.”
This Irish woman brought lace on board with her in hopes of selling it to passengers. Making an extra buck to pass the time was the ideal scenario. Unfortunately, hopes and dreams such as this sank along with theTitanic.
The First Life Boat Wasn’t Full
Not only did the Titanic not have enough lifeboats on board, but when they first began to deploy the boats, the crew did not even fill them with enough passengers. Within the first few hours after the Titanic began to sink, people were not sure that entering the lifeboats would be safer than staying on the ship.
The first lifeboat only held 25 people when many more people could have fit. 31.6% of the people on the ship survived. If the boats had been filled too full capacity, it would have saved 51% of the people.
Ice Berg Warnings
Before the Titanic began its maiden voyage, there were several other ships set to sail the same route. All of these ships warned the Titanic crew about the threat of icebergs. According to the world, the Titanic was unsinkable and therefore able to disregard these threats.
The crew members who were on watch did not seem to take the threats seriously as well. The two men on watch saw the iceberg too late.
The first-class passengers of the Titanic were greeted and welcomed in a much finer way than the rest of the passengers. The second and third-class passengers entered the boat through a lower entrance.
The designers of the Titanic went to great lengths to assure that the social classes would almost never cross paths.
Recovered Pocket Watch Stopped Underwater
One of the more valuable items recovered from the shipwreck was a stopwatch. The watch reads ten minutes to two which is around the time that the Titanic was completely under water.
The item was not sold or auctioned off but can be seen in an exhibit that opened up 100 years after the ship sank.
The Crew Were Not Given Binoculars
There were binoculars available on the Titanic, but the problem was that no one could access them. They were stored in a locker in the ships crow’s nest, but the key was not on board. This misfortune is due to one individual by the name of David Blair.
Blair was reassigned to another ship right before the Titanic set sail and forgot to leave the key to the crow’s nest locker. He absentmindedly took the key with him. Some, including Fred Fleet who was on lookout duty the day the Titanic sank, claim that the binoculars could have allowed them to see the iceberg in time. Others say that binoculars would have been useless at it was too dark to see far ahead that night.
12,600 ft Under Water
Today the Titanic is slowly disintegrating at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Over the years, 6,000 artifacts were recovered by sailors or divers who set out to discover the remains of the “unsinkable” Titanic.
At this point, the ship is 12,600 feet deep. The bow, which is the front end of the vessel, plunged to the ocean floor and dug itself about 60 feet deep.
“Saved from the Titanic” Came Out Less Than a Month Later
Our society has an unwritten “too soon” rule telling us to wait a respectable amount of time before making movies about a tragedy.
However, less than a month after the Titanic sank, a silent film called “Saved From the Titanic” came out in theaters. The movie starred Dorothy Gibson, who was a real survivor of the Titanic.
Telling Their Stories
Seven hundred and six people survived the Titanic. Most of them were women and children. Reporters collected their stories after they came off of the Carpathia. However, the younger ones were too little to give their account of the wreck.
As the young survivors aged into adulthood, they began to better understand and speak about their memories of that night. Each one of them tells the story from their own unique perspective. Some of them knew what was going on while others were too young to comprehend what they had experienced.
The “Unsinkable” Molly Brown
When Margaret Tobin Brown, formerly known as Molly Brown, boarded the Titanic, she was already a force to be reckoned with. She was one of the first women in the US to run for political office before women even had the right to vote. She was also an esteemed international women’s rights advocate. Brown was traveling in Egpyt with her daughter when she received news of her sick grandchild and boarded the first ship back to the US.
Molly was lucky enough to make it on lifeboat number six. She earned the nickname “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” because she was the one who took charge of the lifeboat and rowed it to safety. Brown rowed for seven hours until The Carpathia found them. During those hours she also gave some of her furs to women on the boat who needed them more than she did.
Milton Hershey, the owner of the Hershey chocolate company, was supposed to board the ill-fated Titanic. He bought his ticket and was set to depart on its first voyage.
However, urgent business matters forced him to change his ticket to a ship that left for America a few days earlier than the Titanic. Although being on the Titanic was one thing that everyone wanted, Milton Hershey would later be thankful he missed out on the tragic events that took place.
The Violin That Played as the Ship Sank
Wallace Hartley was the leader of the Titanic’s band on the ship. According to survivors, the band continued to play as the ship was sinking.
Some survivors say they still clearly remember the hopeful tunes that eerily accompanied the sinking ship. Heartley’s body was found a few days after the ship sank. His violin was still strapped onto his back. A U.K based auction sold the violin for $1.7 million.
The Two Month Old Passenger
Elizabeth Gladys Milvina Dean was 2 months old baby when she boarded the Titanic. Her parents wanted to move their family to Kansas in hopes to open a tobacconist shop. She boarded the ship with her parents and older brother.
Millvina, her mother and brother were all rescued. When they returned to England many people were awed by the fact that such a tiny baby could survive the chaotic travesty. Milvina found out she was a passenger when she was eight-years-old. She became the oldest living survivor before passing away in 2009 at age 97.
Ruth Becker Blanchard
When Ruth Becker Blanchard boarded the Titanic she was only 12-years-old. She boarded the “unsinkable” ship as a second-class passenger with her mother and her younger sister and brother. Her father was a missionary in India.
In 1912, her two-year-old brother fell ill and needed to receive medical attention in the USA. For this reason, Blanchard’s family decided to board the Titanic. Fortunately, Ruth and her family managed to survive the sinking. She said that watching the Titanic sink was a beautiful sight because the lights were still on as it was descending beneath the water.
The Titanic’s Luxurious Wheelhouse
The Titanic’s wheelhouse was made to house the best captains in the world. The captain of the Titanic was renown for excellently handling large ships.
He was considered one of the best captains of his time, so the makers of the ship were very set on creating a luxurious experience for him.
The Titanic Had An Extra Smokestack
When people picture the Titanic, they think of it’s four large tunnel-shaped smokestacks.
What most people don’t know is that the Titanic only needed three smokestacks, but they added a fourth one because they thought it made the boat look more stunning.
A Replica of the Fourth Smokestack
As a dramatic launch for the Titanic exhibition in Greenwich, London, artists and engineers constructed a replica of the ships fourth funnel, after years of decay under water.
In an effort to gain attention from the media, they floated the model of the decaying funnel out onto the Thames River and towed it to Tower Bridge. The stunt received worldwide attention.
Building Engines and Taking Them Apart
This is a photo of one of the Titanic’s engines as it was being made.
The engines were constructed at the Harland and Wolff shipyard and then sent in pieces to the ship.