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10 Facts About the Titanic You Probably Didn’t Know
On April 15, 1912, the Titanic entered history as one of the most notorious disasters at sea when the unsinkable ship struck an iceberg. The ship sank just four days into its maiden voyage, but it made an indelible impression on the minds of the world. Get ready to brush up on your trivia and learn more about the story of the Titanic.
The Ship Struck the Iceberg 37 Second After the Crew Spotted It
The Titanic’s crew received warnings of icebergs in the area as early as April 14, but they ignored them. By the time they could actually see them protruding from the surface of the ocean, it was too late. The ship struck the iceberg 37 seconds after the spotting and didn’t have enough time to turn around the ship.
The Closest Ship Never Heard the Distress Call
The SS California was fairly close to the Titanic, but the crew never knew there was trouble. It’s radio operator was sleeping when the SOS calls came in. It took four hours for the next closest ship, the SS Carpathia to arrive at the scene.
Passengers Received Their Last Rites
Father Thomas Byles twice turned down the opportunity to escape on a life boat. Instead, he stayed on the ship and gave last rites to the passengers. The priest spent the remaining moments of his life listening to the confessions of strangers.
Only Three of the Smokestacks Worked
The Titanic was an impressive ship with four smokestacks rising from the upper deck. Only three of the smokestacks actually worked. The fourth was there for show because the builders thought it gave the ship a more striking appearance. Look closely enough at photos of the ship in movement, and you can spot the smokeless fake.
Rescuers Recovered Only 306 Bodies
More than 1500 people died on the Titanic, but rescuers recovered only 306 bodies. Those bodies went to Canada where family members came to identify them. The rest of the victims went down with the ship and found their final resting place at the bottom of the ocean.
The Ship Had 20 Lifeboats
Before leaving Europe, crew members decided to remove some of the lifeboats to give first class passengers more room to roam on the deck. The ship had 20 lifeboats available when it set sail. Each boat could hold 64 passengers, but most of them left the ship at half the capacity. The first lifeboat contained only 28 passengers as it rowed away from the sinking ship.
One of the Richest Men in the World Died on the Ship
John Jacob Astor IV, one of the richest men in the world, was a passenger on the Titanic. When he and his wife attempted to get escape in a lifeboat, the crew turned him away. His wife survived, but Astor was forced to stay on the ship. Rescuers recovered his lifeless body within a few days.
The Decor Was Modeled After a London Hotel
The lavish interior of the Titanic wasn’t an accident. It was loosely inspired by The Ritz London. Rich mahogany furniture with intricately carved details and fine tapestry filled the first-class rooms. Even the white paneled walls in the third-class sections of the ship were beautiful.
The Ship Had More Than 2200 Passengers
Officials had trouble identifying the survivors and victims of the shipwreck. They knew there were more than 2300 passengers on board, but many of them traveled under assumed names or with false documents. As a result, the death toll is just an estimate.
Crew Members Really Thought the Ship Was Unsinkable
Even though the ship struck an iceberg, the crew didn’t react immediately. They believed the reports that the ship was unsinkable and didn’t start the evacuation until an hour later. Had they not been so confident, they may have been able to save a few more lives.
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Did titan succumb to 'titanic's curse' decoding the myth around the 'unsinkable' ship, titan, the deep-sea submersible which was on a voyage to the titanic wreck, imploded, killing all the five people onboard. even before the worst fears were confirmed after titan's debris was found, rumours began circling that the submersible had succumbed to the 'curse of the titanic'. but what is the so-called titanic's 'curse'.
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Titanic, which was considered 'unsinkable' and one of the largest passenger ships of its time, sank in the icy cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg during its maiden voyage in April 1912.
Even after more than a century, the wreck of the Titanic continues to attract attention and symbolises a significant moment in history, showcasing the human pursuit of progress, the tragedy of its loss, and the ongoing efforts to remember and understand the event and its aftermath.
Interest in the Titanic peaked again after Titan, a deep-sea submersible on its way to the Titanic wreckage site on June 18, vanished.
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WHAT'S THE TITANIC'S CURSE?
Even before the official announcement about the Titan was made, rumours and speculations began to fly that the submersible had succumbed to the 'curse' of the Titanic. But what is this 'curse' all about?
Though such beliefs have no place in the age of science and reason, nonetheless, they are interesting to read about.
It is believed that the Titanic and its passengers were 'cursed' due to a series of unfortunate events that occurred before and after its sinking, according to media reports. The so-called curse is believed to have caused misfortune, tragedy, and death to people and families associated with the gigantic ship.
However, these claims surrounding the curse of the Titanic and its connection to human tragedies are largely based on speculations and based on historical insinuations.
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ACCIDENTS AT CONSTRUCTION SITE
Even before the Titanic was put on water and sailed from Southampton to New York, the curse is said to have started with accidents and deaths during the construction of the ship. It is estimated that at least eight workers died during Titanic's construction in Belfast, specifically at the Harland & Wolff shipyard, Marca reported.
Various rumours circulated at that time when a crew member was believed to have fallen to his death during the construction.
However, it should be kept in mind that during those times, safety rules during construction were followed sparingly and workers did not wear protective gear, and fatalities were common.
BAD OMEN TO START WITH?
While the Titanic was a spectacular feat of shipbuilding, it was also believed to be a symbol of bad omen. A ship, SS City of New York, narrowly avoided a collision with the Titanic at the start of her maiden voyage in 1912.
The SS City of New York being much smaller than the Titanic, was sucked into her wake as the Titanic’s giant triple screw propellers rotated. The New York's mooring snapped and she was dragged towards the port side of the Titanic. Captain Edward Smith, Titanic's captain, ordered the engines to go full speed ahead, thereby preventing the collision.
RENOWNED PASSENGERS CANCELLED TRIP
The curse is believed to have affected some passengers who were associated with the Titanic. For instance, it is said that JP Morgan, Titanic's powerful owner and British banking magnate, was supposed to be aboard the ship. But he cancelled his voyage at the last moment.
Similarly, Milton S Hershey, the founder of Hershey's chocolate, cancelled his plans to travel on the Titanic due to business engagements.
AN EGYPTIAN MUMMY ON BOARD?
Was an Egyptian mummy on board the Titanic and did its 'curse' work on it?
British editor William Stead, a first-class passenger on the ill-fated ship, had narrated stories about his work related to "Egyptian curses" to his fellow passengers onboard. For many years, he had been writing about "Native American burial grounds", and claimed that a "mummy" was causing destruction in London, according to the Mirror.
Stead's narration of the so-called "Egyptian mummy" led to some people claiming that the curse had followed him, while others argued it was present on the ship and could be the reason behind its sinking.
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The so-called mummy curse had even made it to The Washington Post, which ran a headline 'Ghost of the Titanic: Vengeance of Hoodoo Mummy Followed Man Who Wrote Its History'.
However, the "Unlucky Mummy" is kept at the British Museum, History Channel reported. Interestingly, it is not even connected to the Titanic. It has no name, just a number -- 22542. And more importantly, the artefact was not a mummy at all, but the lid of an inner coffin.
DEJA VU WITH TITAN
Cut to 2023 and it's deja vu all over again. The Titan submersible, which carried five people, including the CEO of OceanGate , are said to be the latest victims of the 'Titanic's curse'. The deep-sea submersible, whose debris was found near the bow of Titanic on the sea floor, met its tragic end just like its behemoth sibling.
No wonder James Cameron , the director of the 1997 Hollywood movie Titanic, said he was astonished by the manner of how the ship and the submersible had similarities to their doom. Either way, it is tragic and catastrophic.
The notion of such a curse arose due to the dramatic nature of the Titanic's sinking and the subsequent tragedies that affected some individuals connected to the ship. Nonetheless, many people find the stories surrounding the curse intriguing, adding to the lore and mystique of the ship's history.
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The ghost of fifteen-year-old Samuel Scott moves restlessly aboard the Titanic as she sails to her doom in 1912. An eyewitness to the final days in the lives of rich and poor, crew and passengers, this is Samuel’s story …
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Fifteen-year-old Samuel Scott died while building the Titanic. As the ship sails to her doom, his ghost moves restlessly alongside the passengers and crew: Frederick Fleet: the young look-out who spotted the iceberg and who survived in a life-boat with (the unsinkable) Molly Brown; Howard Hartley Wallace: the heroic band-leader who played ragtime music as the freezing waters lapped at his feet; Harold Bride: the junior radio operator whose messages echoed on, long after the ship had disappeared to its icy grave …
Nicola Pierce published her first book for children, Spirit of the Titanic , to rave reviews and five printings within its first twelve months. City of Fate , her second book, transported the reader deep into the Russian city of Stalingrad during World War II. The novel was shortlisted for the Warwickshire School Library Service Award, 2014. Nicola went on to bring seventeenth-century Ireland vividly to life in Behind the Walls (2015), a rich emotional novel set in the besieged city of Derry in 1689, followed by Kings of the Boyne (2016), a moving and gritty account capturing the Battle of the Boyne (1690), which was shortlisted for the Literacy Association of Ireland (LAI) awards. In 2018 Nicola delved in to the true stories of the passengers, crew and the legacy of the fated ship Titanic, in her illustrated book of the same name. To read more about Nicola, go to her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/NicolaPierce-Author and on Twitter @NicolaPierce3.
Emma Byrne is a graphic designer and artist. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. She has won numerous awards for her design including The IDI (Irish Design Institute) Graduate Designer of the Year, the IDI Promotional Literature Award for her work on Brown Morning , and a Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Merit Award for her work on Something Beginning With P: New Poems from Irish Poets . She has illustrated many books, including Best-Loved Oscar Wilde , Best Loved Yeats , The Most Beautiful Letter in the World by Karl O’Neill, a special edition of Ulysses by James Joyce, and A Terrible Beauty by Mairéad Ashe Fitzgerald. She lives in a thatched house in Co. Wexford.
In Nicola Pierce’s fine children’s novel, a 15-year-old ghost bears witness to the momentous shipwreck, a victim of child labour during the ship’s building. Pierce expertly weaves in the ship's history with its fate Business Post
an excellently researched story … you will be captivated Mad About Books
'a ghost story with a twist' Sunday Independent
'It is a tale which reinforces the idea that Titanic’s wider story is about people ... brings home the terror, sadness and tragedy of the ship’s last moments' Titanic Stories
'new and beautiful children’s novel ... The children were fascinated, I never saw so many children so engaged with an author ... the children were captivated by the book’s content and Nicola’s delivery.' Nationalist & Munster Advertiser
her enthusiasm and passion for the book and subject matter was infectious … she continued to amaze students and community members with stories … Nicola was so natural and enthusiastic that one could not help but become immersed in the magical world of the Titanic. The presentation was almost like stepping back in time Carlow Nationalist
'Little did I know that this book would be gripping, exciting and unimaginably shattering. Towards the end, things picked up a lot, and I realised that this would just get better and better and better.' Guardian’s Children’s Books
'Unique ... Compelling ...even though we all know the ending the narrative is utterly engrossing ... I admit I laughed, I cried and I stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to finish this poignant and beautifully written book. This is one not to be missed.' Lisa Reads
'captivating' New Ross Standard
'we guarantee you will not be able to put it down' Nationalist & Munster Advertiser
'an excellent dramatic adventure story ... this is historical fiction at its best' English 4-11
'captivating' Leinster Leader
'I was captivated by the writing and I couldn’t put it down ... The book is beautifully produced - the cover making it look like an artefact from the time with delicate illustration and patterned design by Dave Hopkins while Emma Byrne reproduces tickets, menus and telegrams throughout the book.' NI4Kids
'It is obviously a challenge to be able to make vivid and compelling a story whose ending we all know but Pierce manages this ... writing is entirely captivating, the detail fascinating and the terror real.' NI4Kids
'an impressive debut ... he world of the yard is well-realised and the stylistic leap of having this character die within the novel’s opening pages is brave and clever' NI4Kids
'It teems with historical characters and is the result of prodigious research into their final fates.' Verbal Magazine
'A stunning debut from a talented local ... beautifully written, exciting book' Verbal Magazine
'I certainly shed a tear at the end ... Beautifully handled...beautifully written ...I enjoyed it very, very much.' BBC Radio Ulster’s Arts Extra
'I'm particularly excited to read Spirit of the Titanic, as I'm really interested in the Titanic and everything to do with it.' Wondrous ReadsBBC Radio Ulster’s Arts Extra
'I would not mind betting that readers in Northern Ireland having read this story, will make their way to Belfast City Cemetery to see the unmarked grave of one Samuel Joseph Scott, which is part of the official tour. A ghostly Sam is on the cover of ‘his’ story.' Books for Keeps
'this familiar story does not fail to grip the reader ... The notes (at the end) make the story even more alive, as they tell of the lives, after the rescue, of several of the real life characters in the story.' Books for Keeps
'This breathtaking book takes you on the deck of the Titanic with its amazing descriptive language describing every scene from top to bottom ... It may make you shed a tear or giggle a little but either way you are sure to thoroughly enjoy the book ... Every chapter gets more and more exciting and as soon as you start reading your eyes will immediately be glued to the book ... I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys reading a spooky, emotional book and is interested in the fascinating events of 1912. I would rate this book 10/10.' Guardian Children’s Books Online
'Pierce delivers some masterful narrative which will hold children aged 10 and upwards enthralled, as we were, regardless of our prior knowledge of the ship's fate.' Evening Echo
'Pierce immerses us in the hope, despair and life lessons of Titanic's ill-fated voyage.' Book Fest
'intriguing stuff' Belfast Telegraph
'enthralling' Belfast Telegraph’s Weekend Magazine
'While primarily a book written for children, Spirit of the Titanic is the type of book that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, especially Titanic fans. A unique take on the enduring tale of the Titanic, this beautifully written story managed to captivate me from start to finish and I’ve since passed it on to my young nephews. Highly recommended!' dailyupdate.ie
'a unique angle on the enduring Titanic story ... a valuable addition to a school Titanic project or for any competent reader who loves historical fiction in general and the Titanic in particular' Gill Robbins
'a stocking filler must this Christmas ... captivating' Sunday Business Post
'beautifully produced' North West Telegraph
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