Even though the Titanic never visited Liverpool, she had strong connection with her home port. The White Star Line, which was the managing company, had its head office in Liverpool. The Titanic was registered in Liverpool, and so carried the city’s name on her stern.
At it’s time the Titanic was the largest ship in the world. It left Wednesday 10 April 1912. On board were 922 passengers, later rising to 1316 after calls at Cherbourg and Queenstown. With her crew of 892 she carried 2,208 people in all. Although she was little more than half full, her 20 lifeboats could only carry about half of the people on board.
At 11.40pm on the night of Sunday 14 April she struck an iceberg to the south-east of Newfoundland, which fatally damaged the hull. The ship sank two hours and forty minutes later with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.
At the Liverpool Maritime Museum, it contains a compelling exhibition that explores more than the common stories told about the Titanic and Liverpool’s role in the Titanic’s story.
Here are the untold stories and facts about the titanic based on the untold stories and facts were based on the information that was provided at the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool:
- To build the Titanic it cost 1.5 million pounds (equivalent to 85.5 million today) and took three years to build.
- 882 feet 9 Ickes or 269 meters’ long
- The titanic carried 16 lifeboats and 4 collapsible boats. This was more than required by law in 1913 but not enough to carry every person on board.
- Could carry up to 3,546 passengers and crew.
- To lower the lifeboats it was a drop of 63 feet or 19 meters. (Approximately the same height as the Museum of Liverpool.)
- There were 13 honeymooning couples on the Titanic.
- There were no cats but 12 dogs on board.
- There were 862 officers and crew on board.
- Titanic sank with 222 gallons of water flossing in per second.
- There were just over 30 seconds between first sighting the iceberg and Titanic’s impact.
- Titanic received several warnings of ice in her path. The wireless operators received at least six messages, but not all were posted to the bridge.
- Second Officer David Blair left the ship before she sailed. he accidentally took the key to the binocular box with him.
- The last place the Titanic departed from was Queensland on April 11, 1912.
- On April 12, 1912 the Titanic received the first ice warning.
- On April 14, 1912 at 11.40 pm the Titanic collided with the iceberg.
- On April 15, 1912 at 2.20 am the Titanic sank.
- The Titanic hit the iceberg on her starboard (right side). four compartments and two boiler rooms were immediately flooded. most of the passengers on board were asleep or getting ready for bed and news of the increment was downplayed as the crew did not want to cause panic.
- Captain Smith and his officers organized the manning and lowering of the lifeboats with children and women first.
- There were only enough lifeboats for just over half of those on board.
- During Titanic’s design, plans for additional lifeboats were rejected.
- The Titanic sank in 2 hours and 40 minutes.
- Only 10% of an iceberg site above water and the danger to ships is the unseen mass below the surface. Not all icebergs are white and easily visible. They can appear darker in color as the deep water is reflected on the ice.
- Icebergs are common in the North Atlantic in spring and summer and translating liners like Titanic took a more southerly route to try and avoid them. Titanic receive telegraph earnings of ice from other ships in the area. Captain Smith altered course to take the ship slightly further south, but maintained the liner’s speed thinking he had taken enough of a precaution to avoid the ice.
- There were 705 survivors and over 1,500 lost their lives in the sinking, including Captain Edward Smith.
TITANIC FACT AND MYTHS!
- The titanic was NEVER claimed to be unsinkable. In 1911 the ship builder magazine claimed stated that when Titanic’s watertight doors were closed the ship would be “practically unsinkable.” The ship is design to remain afloat with the four compartments flooded, but with six flooded the ship was doomed.
- The Titanic was NEVER trying to break Atlantic speed records. The titanic was built for luxury over speed. Even at top speed she could bet have beaten Mauritania’s record.
- People had predicted the disaster. In 1898 Morgan Robertson wrote a book called Fertility or the Wreck of the Titan. It was about the largest passenger liner in the world sticking an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sinking with great loss of life due to lack of lifeboats. Robertson claimed that the voices spoke to hike from the sky, telling him to write the book.