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.
4.Titanic Wreck May Completely Disappear By 2030
Scientists estimated that the RMS Titanic wreckage could completely disappear by 2030 because of metal-eating bacteria named "Halomonas Titanicae." The bacteria don't literally eat the metal, but damages its surface badly, thus speeding up the corrosion process. The scientists discovered the bacteria in 2010 on the recovered Titanic artifacts. Not all shipwrecks will get destroyed; some of them will lay on the ocean bed for thousands of years. It is estimated that there are over 3 million ship ruins worldwide.
5.An Author Predicted The Titanic Sinking 14 Years Earlier
Author Morgan Robertson wrote a novella named 'Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan' in 1898. It is a collection of short stories related to sailors and ocean-voyages. One of the short stories of the book sounds very similar to the real life story of Titanic. Morgan Robertson named the fictional giant ship in his book "Titan," and described it as "Unsinkable." Just like how the real RMS Titanic sunk in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, Titan submerged in the same ocean after it hit an iceberg. As per the book, approximately 2500 passengers on board died due to the shortage of lifeboats.
6.Titanic Crew Missed Lifeboat Drill On The Day It Needed The Most
It was a common practice back then for ocean liners to conduct lifeboat drill once in a week, on Sunday. The RMS Titanic crew members were practicing the drill even before the giant ship began its voyage. However, on April 14, 1912 (Sunday), the crew missed the drill as the ship's captain Edward John Smith cancelled it for unknown and inexplicable reasons. On the day the Titanic hit iceberg, it received many warning messages from the surrounding vessels about the presence of massive ice glaciers. Ignoring those messages, the captain asked pilots to propel the ship at faster speeds.