10 Curiosities about the Titanic before its sinkingHere are 10 Curiosities about the Titanic and what happened from its creation to the catastrophe.
It has been defined as the largest, most luxurious and majestic transatlantic of all time, a real technological challenge for the time, but it was also a symbol of so much arrogance, in fact it does not matter a sailor when a rich passenger went up on the ocean liner exclaimed seeing her worried for the size of the ship: << Quiet lady, not even the hand of God can sink the Titanic >>.
10 Curious things about the Titanic that maybe you do not knowLet's find out 10 Curiosities about the Titanic, to learn more about what happened before, during and after its construction and in the last moments before its sinking.
Number 10 - The name of the TitanicThe name derives its origins from the Titans. The latter were giants because they were sons of the gods. The titans were figures from Greek mythology and originally were the 14 strong and valiant giants who in pairs were masters of every day of the week. Every day it reflected the planetary powers. It is evident that the name of the Titanic was a real reference to divine greatness and power, an unsinkable ship that did not fear the power of nature.
Number 9 - The construction site that built the TitanicIts creation took place on the Belfast shipyards in Northern Ireland. Belfast was the capital and the most populous city of Ulster and the second most populated center of the island after Dublin.
Number 8 - The Sisters of the TitanicIn the same yard the Olympic ship was also built the twin ship of the Titanic and the Britannic. All three ships were more or less the same, all three of them almost the same size; the only significant external difference was the front half of the bridge A walk, which on the Titanic and the Britannic was covered thus increasing its tonnage by about one thousand tons.
Number 7 - The First Victims of the TitanicMany workers lost their lives because of the objects that fell from the upper floors of the building site, sometimes affecting those on the lower floors. There were no helmets of protection and it was easy for a bolt of a 60-meter-tall worker to fall and hit someone in that immense structure that gradually gave life to the liner.
Number 6 - The Project and the Naval CompanyThe White Star Line was an English naval company, founded in Liverpool in 1845 by John Pilkington and Henry Wilson and was the one who created the Titanic. Initially the company only dealt with freight transport, but at the end of 800, the construction of passing ships began in the Harland & Wolff shipyard.
The ship was designed by William Pirrie, president of Harland and Wolff, and Thomas Andrews, head of the design department. Andrews designed the ship's design by hand and was not done in plain paper but on fabric. Even today you can appreciate the beauty and precision of Andrews even in the details.
The construction of the Titanic was financed by the American owner John Pierpont Morgan with his company International Mercantile Marine Co. The start date was March 31, 1909; the hull was launched on 31 May 1911 and the superstructures were completed on 31 March 1912.
The transatlantic cost about $ 7 million, nearly 15,000 workers worked, and the first-class one-way ticket to New York cost $ 3,100 at the time, while the third-class one was only $ 32.
Number 5 - The Titanic touched the waterOn May 31, 1911, at 2:00 pm, after making the last checks, the Titanic finally touched the water for its first time, even though the hull was not yet complete. It took 61 seconds to slide the hull from the shipyard to the Lagan river and again there were victims. Some workers lost their lives by getting stuck between the ship and the wooden planks that were used to make it slide towards the sea.
Number 4 - The Catastrophe was avoided before leavingWhen the ship began moving to leave the port, he sucked in a small ship (New York) nearby, which broke its moorings and entered a collision course with the giant. The accident did not happen by a hair. Everything stopped and the giant's departure of one hour was delayed. After an hour the Titanic finally could leave.
Number 3 - The Last Instants before the sinkingIt was Sunday that April 14, 1912, a Sunday evening without moon, very cold, there was only a slight fog and the sea was flat. No ripples that could detect at a distance the presence of ice masses. Everything continued to proceed in the right direction, but at 11.40 am the lookouts sounded the alarm.
'Iceberg!!! IcebergPrua !!! '
The first officer Murdoch ordered the helmsman: 'Back across, straight bar !!!' The ship started to veer slightly, but the obstacle was just 450 meters. The rudder of the Titanic delayed in moving the course (it will turn out to be smaller and not suitable compared to the giant). These were terrible moments, but there was little to do. The Titanic came into collision course with the iceberg and for about 10 seconds the submerged ice blade, crawled on the side: A series of holes open on the hull for about 90 meters. Some passengers were asleep, others were woken up. Captain Smith and engineer Andrews were called immediately for damage verification. 10 minutes after the collision in the watertight compartments the water reached 4 meters and the fifth compartment started to flood. This was the decisive compartment for the sinking of the Titanic.
Andrews analyzed the situation and no one expected those tragic words, almost surreal, that soon pronounced: "The Titanic will sink! >>. Words that made no sense in the first moments and everyone stared incredulously at Andrews. Nobody wanted us to believe.
Smith said incredulously, "Are you sure?" >>.
"Yes. The Titanic will sink," Andrews said.
Number 2 - The Request for HelpOn Monday morning at 00.15 the Titanic launched the first request for help: The CQD (as quick danger, come early, danger) and then the newly introduced SOS. The signal will be received by several ships, but not by the nearby Californian, whose only telegraph was gone to sleep and from the Newfoundland. The telegraphists also transmitted the coordinates of the ship, but they were incorrect.
10 minutes later, at 12.25am, Captain Smith ordered to save women and children first. Thus began a night of terror, of heroism and of vigliaccherie. When the Carpathia, the first ship to run, I will arrive on the spot, found in the boats only 705 of the over 2,200 people on board.
Number 1 - The end of the TitanicAt 02.20 all the lights went out. The Titanic broke into two pieces and sank forward. At the end of the stern, among hundreds of terrified people, the orchestra intoned 'Nearer my God to Thee', closer to You, or God.
The Titanic in Numbers
Length: 269 meters
Width: 28 meters
Total height: 53 meters
Measurement: 46.328 tons
First class ticket cost: $ 3,500
Third class ticket cost: 32 dollars
The Departure of the Titanic (A Real Video of 1912)
And here's a video with real footage and images that show what the Titanic was like at the time and Captain Smith while he was busy trying the last checks before he left. A film of historical importance, which as a time machine brings us back to that far 1912.