The RMS Titanic was the largest ship at the time of its maiden voyage back in 1912 (at 269.1 meters long and 53.3 meters high), and was widely regarded as unsinkable. Unfortunately for the 1,500+ people who died, that wasn’t quite true after it collided with an Iceberg five days after launching. For more facts about the Titanic, read on!
1. Even after being adjusted for inflation, the 1997 movie Titanic cost more than the RMS Titanic.
It cost $7,500,000 to build the RMS Titanic in 1912, and $200,000,000 to make the movie “Titanic” in 1997. Adjusted for inflation (as of 2013) this translates to roughly $176,482,575 and $290,289,096 respectively.(source)
2. There was actually a film made about the Titanic 29 days after it sank. An actress who actually survived the catastrophe played a part in the movie, but was so traumatized by reliving the experience that she mentally broke down and never acted again.
The film was called “Saved from the Titanic” and was a silent motion picture starring the survivor, Dorothy Gibson. Dorothy was aboard the first life boat launched alongside 27 or so other people and was rescued five and a half hours after disembarking.(source)
3. A priest refused to board a life boat twice while the Titanic was sinking, choosing to stay behind to hear confessions and provide absolution to people still on board.
The priest was Father Thomas Byles, a rector at St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church in Chipping Ongar. His actions meant that he perished among the other 1,500 or so people that fateful night in April 1912.(source)
4. A Japanese man survived the sinking of the Titanic, although was sacked from his job and called a coward for not dying with the other passengers.
His name was Masabumi Hosono, a Japanese civil servant, who was the only Japanese passenger on board the RMS Titanic. He was sadly ostracized by the Japanese public for saving himself and not choosing to go down with the ship.(source)
5. The Titanic’s fourth funnel was fake and was added for aesthetic purposes.
A little like a “dummy” exhaust, the Titanic’s fourth tunnel was added for aesthetic purposes, although was also used by the kitchen for ventilation.(source)