12 Things You Don't Know About RMS Titanic
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016, 4:49 pm
Thanks to James Cameron's "Titanic," millions around the world came to know about the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the North Atlantic Ocean. Even though the movie was made based on a real story, parts of it including Jack and Rose's love story was fictional. Let's forget about the film for a while and talk about the real Titanic tragedy. Built and deployed by the famous British shipping company, White Star Line, the Royal Mail Ship Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, killing more than 1500 people on board. Explore 12 interesting facts about the real RMS ship and the mid-ocean disaster.
7.Titanic Almost Sank Milton S. Hershey
Milton S. Hershey, the founder of Hershey's Chocolate Company, booked two first class tickets for him and his wife. He canceled the bookings at the last minute, as he needed to stay in Europe a little longer than he planned due to business-related issues. The couple later traveled to New York on German luxury sea-liner SS Amerika. A copy of the check Hershey wrote to White Star Line as a deposit for the two first class tickets can be seen at The Hershey Store museum in Pennsylvania.
8.The Titanic Wouldn't Have Sunk
Many things went wrong on that day including a miscalculated maneuver at the last moment that sank the giant 883-feet-long liner. Several naval experts believed that a head-on collision with the 100-feet-tall iceberg would have destroyed the glacier, causing minor damage to the RMS Titanic. The ship's first officer William McMaster Murdoch decided to make a turn at the last moment, which resulted in a side ward collision and the damage of sensitive compartments. Titanic's frontal compartments were strongly built to withstand minor to major collisions.
9.Captain Smith Released Crew From Duties Minutes Before The Titanic Sank
Captain Edward John Smith was responsible for the Titanic tragedy. He ignored iceberg warnings, and didn't slow down the ship even in the darkness. Captain Smith didn't even listen to his pilots. However, he spent last few minutes of his life, releasing officers from duties in a bid to help them protect themselves. His last words were, "Well boys, you've done your duty and done it well. I ask no more of you. I release you. You know the rule of the sea. It's every man for himself now, and God bless you."