How Much Do You Know About the Real-Life Titanic?


In what year did the Titanic take to the seas?

The Titanic went out to sea on May 31st, 1912. It would never return. 100,000 people were there to see the launch.

What was the full name of the Titanic?

The full name for the ship was the RMS Titanic. RMS stands for Royal Mail Ship.

Were there any passenger​ ships larger than the Titanic at the time?

In its day, the Titanic was the largest passenger ship ever built. It was also the largest man-made moving object on Earth.

What fuel did the Titanic run on?

Would you believe that the Titanic ran on 825 tons of coal a day? That required 176 men shoveling the stuff into furnaces.

During assembly, what did it take to pull the ship's main anchor to the boat?

It took a total of 20 horses just to carry the main anchor of the ship. Luckily, those horses didn't have to go onboard for the inaugural trip to sea.

What building was the interior of the ship modeled after?

The interior of the Titanic was inspired by the London Ritz. It had a pool, gym, Turkish bath and squash court.

What shipping company operated the Titanic and its sister ships?

The White Star Line, known more formally as the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, was the shipping company responsible for the Olympic class ocean liners that included the Titanic.

Roughly how many people were on the Titanic when it left?

There were roughly 2,200 people on board. Only 706 passengers and crew survived the disaster.

2,208 people were aboard when the Titanic set sail. Was the ship filled to capacity?

The ship was actually not filled to capacity. It could have held 1,000 or so more. There were some folks who had a ticket but just didn't sail, like Milton S. Hershey.

True or false: the Titanic had its own newspaper.

Would you believe it? The Titanic was like a floating city, complete with its own newspaper, the "Atlantic Daily Bulletin."

How many crew members were on board?

There were 885 crew members on board, and only 23 of those were female. A majority of the crew were English.

The Titanic had two sister ships. What were they called?

The Olympic and the Britannic were the other ships in White Star's Olympic line. The Britannic hit an underwater mine and sank in 1916, and the Olympic remained in service until 1935.

Where did the Titanic leave from?

The Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, and made stops at Cherbourg, France, and Cobh, Ireland. It was headed back to New York.

How tall was the Grand Staircase of the Titanic?

The Grand Staircase of the Titanic was seven stories, or decks, high. It contained oak paneling, paintings and bronze cherubs.

What passenger amenity was most plentiful on the Titanic?

There were apparently 20,000 bottles of beer on the Titanic, and 8,000 cigars. These were to be enjoyed by first-class passengers.

What time did the Titanic hit the iceberg?

The Titanic struck the iceberg at 11:40 p.m. It took the ship two hours and forty minutes to sink.

How much time was there between the lookout sighting the iceberg and the impact?

There were a mere 37 seconds between spotting the iceberg and the actual impact. There was truly nothing anyone could do.

How tall was the iceberg that hit the Titanic?

That iceberg was a massive 100 feet tall. That being said, much of it was concealed under the water.

What time did the rescue ship come for the survivors?

The RMS Carpathia didn't arrive until 4 a.m. the following morning. Most people in the water had frozen to death.

Was “Iceberg! Right ahead!” actually said?

Frederick Fleet was the lookout who proclaimed, “Iceberg! Right ahead!” He actually survived the wreck and went on to fight in WWII.

The Titanic was equipped with 16 watertight compartments. How many were breached by the iceberg?

6 of the Titanic's watertight compartments were flooded after it struck the iceberg.

The Titanic could have remained afloat with how many compartments punctured?

With up to 4 watertight compartments breached, the Titanic could have remained afloat for three days--plenty of time to receive aid.

Who said, “I asked for ice, but this is ridiculous"?

According to legend, this is a quote from John Jacob Astor IV. It's so darkly humorous, isn't it? Astor was the richest passenger on board.

Who said, “We've dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen”?

Benjamin Guggenheim was a wealthy passenger, famous for saying this quote. He was last seen on the deck of the ship, drinking brandy with his valet.

How cold was the water?

The water was an unbearable 28° Fahrenheit. Some died instantly from cold shock.

According to legend, what prevented the ship's baker from going into cold shock?

One story from the disaster says that Charles Joughin, the ship's baker, was able to tread water for two hours. The amount of whiskey in his body prevented the cold shock.

Were any black people on board the Titanic?

There was one affluent black man on board the Titanic, named Joseph Phillippe Lemercier, born in Haiti. He was on board with his wife and two young daughters. Although he managed to put the three of them on a lifeboat, he did not survive himself.

What were the life jackets on the Titanic made out of?

The life jackets used on the Titanic--and, in fact, most personal flotation devices before 1930--were made out of cork.

Was there a lifeboat drill practiced on board?

Believe it or not, there was a lifeboat drill scheduled for the very day that the Titanic sank. For unknown reasons, the captain cancelled it.

Were all of the lifeboats filled to capacity?

The lifeboats were pitifully not filled to capacity. When Lifeboat 7 was launched, it had only 28 people, not the full capacity of 65.

Which ship responded to the Titanic's S.O.S distress signal?

Believe it or not, the SS Californian was much closer to the Titanic than the RMS Carpathia, but it responded to the call too late.

Who said, “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”?

This remarkable quote from Captain Smith says it all. They all succumbed to the rule of the sea.

True or false: musicians played as the ship sank?

It's absolutely true that musicians played as the ship sank. They played for two hours and five minutes.

At what point did the Titanic break in half?

As the investigation into the wreck continues, new details are emerging that help us understand more about the timeline. Originally, it was believed the Titanic broke apart while still above water, and a later theory proposed that it split apart while underwater. Recent evidence suggests that while some of the Titanic broke apart while underwater, it's still unclear what happened.

What year was the wreck discovered under water?

It was not until 1985 that the wreck was discovered, 12,500 feet below the water's surface. Much of the footage in the James Cameron movie is real.

What was the name of the manned submersible that was first used in 1986 to explore the wreckage of the Titanic?

The Alvin is a deep-ocean research submersible owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

When did the last Titanic survivor die?

Millvina Dean was only two months old when she was rescued from the Titanic. She died on May 31, 2009, at the age of 97.

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The sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage was one of the worst maritime disasters in history, but no one could see it coming. In fact, it was the last thing they expected. In this quiz, we'll explore the truth.

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