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A Few Shocking Things You May Not Know About The Titanic Sinking

Updated on October 2, 2012

Lifeboats Left Unfilled

We all know the story of the Titanic sinking and how many lives were lost due to not having enough life boats. Well surprisingly, even though lives were at stake, many lifeboats left the Titanic unfilled! Lifeboat #5 only carried 12 people even though it was designed for 40, and lifeboat #7 the first lifeboat to set off from the Titanic (so you would naturally expect it be full to capacity) only had 24 people on it when it held 65! Those two lifeboats alone could have saved nearly 70 people!

There was also a lifeboat drill scheduled for April 14th, 1912 (the day the Titanic hit the iceberg). The captain however decided to cancel the drill. Nobody is 100% sure why he canceled it, but it was most likely because it would have been an inconvenience to the guests and because the ship was thought to be truly "Unsinkable". Had people been more prepared to use the lifeboats then more lives might have been saved.

The Rescue Ship Carpathia Was Not The Closest Ship Contacted By The Titanic

As the Titanic sank they sent distress messages to ships in the area as well as firing off flares. The Carpathia was the first ship to respond to the signals even though the Californian was actually far closer to the Titanic. Unfortunately the wireless operator on the Californian had gone to sleep for the evening and so even though the crew of the Californian had reported the flares in the sky to their captain, he neglected to give any orders that could have saved additional lives on the Titanic.

Titanic Was The Largest Man Made Moving Object On Earth

At the time the Titanic was launched in 1912, it was the largest man made moving object on Earth! It cost $7.5 million to build, could travel at 23 knots (slightly over 25 MPH), and was surprisingly considered a "Royal Mail Steamer" or a mail delivery ship, It was supposed to deliver 3,500 bags of mail. Strangely, none of the mail was ever recovered...

Shocking Coincidences Occured In A Novel Written 14 Years Prior

Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called "Futility" in 1898 (14 years before the Titanic sank). In the novel, Titan, the largest ship ever built, which was considered "unsinkable", struck an iceberg in April and sank (just like Titanic). In the novel more than half of the passengers died in the north Atlantic due to a lifeboat shortage! This story is shockingly similar to the actual events of the Titanic disaster. Many people are truly baffled by this uncanny resemblance.


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