Astonishing Facts About The Real Titanic


April 15th is coming in only a few days, which gives us another year passed from the Titanic sinking, 105 years ago. Aside from Leonardo DiCaprio and the usual photos you can see, we’ve compiled a list of some of the rare ones that are sure to spark your attention. Enjoy!

The last photo of the Titanic from the docks, 1912

As cameras were still in their infancy, this photo of the docks of Southampton, England is a real rarity and is considered by most the last photographic evidence of the most famous ship of all time.


Propellers on the Titanic c. 1912

If you didn’t think the Titanic was state of the art technology at the time, think about this picture for a while. It’s astonishing how they’ve managed to built propellers of such size without modern technology.


Titanic’s luxury on-board gym, c. 1912

Titanic was a luxury boat, meant to surpass all other cruisers of the time. Their plan was to include all the things necessary for constant life there. One of those things was a state of the art gym, too.


One of the lifeboats makes a desperate paddle to the RMS Carpathia. April 15, 1912

Another reason why Titanic was ahead of its time is the amazing number of lifeboats it possessed for that time. They were resilient and could realistically reach shore very quick.


The ship prepares to leave port for the first and final time. 1912

On the shores of the amazing industrial town of Southampton, England, there was a big festivity to celebrate the Titanic’s departure. It’s really unfortunate that the people weren’t aware that the voyage will end in tears for many.


The famous iceberg, 1912

Many weather experts and nautical technicians didn’t predict the cold weather and the appearance of many icebergs near Greenland. That omission soon proved to be fatal and brought an end to the ship.


A priest conducting a burial at sea for those who have lost their lives

A priest was always on board the Titanic, and since the majority of people were religious, they were given last rites after being pronounced deceased. Truly tragic and heartbreaking.


The twin ships – Olympia and Titanic at Belfast on March 6th, 1912

Both boats were known as state of the art vessels of the time and both were promised a bright future in carrying people over the world’s oceans. Only one lived to tale the tale.


A group of surviving crew members, New York, 1912

Although many people weren’t that lucky and lost their lives in the horrific accident, a lot of them also managed to get out alive. They lived to tell the tale and here they are, gathered in New York.


An epitome of luxury even now – Titanic’s dining room, 1912

In order to be called the greatest vessel of your time, you have to have a certain level of luxury, both inside and outside. It’s safe to say that this dining room falls under that category.


Minutes before the sail from Belfast to Southampton, 1911

After the initial construction in Belfast, the ship was to be transported to Southampton in order to set off on its maiden voyage.


How majestic was it – a person standing to the gigantic propellers 1912

Despite its tragic end, the Titanic will always be remembered as one of the biggest marvels of human engineering and that won’t ever change. This amazing comparison to the average human is another testament to that.


The lifeboat successfully reaches the RMS Carpathia April 15, 1912

As Titanic’s survivors were tasked with difficult survival in the freezing water, the arrival of SS Carpathia was elemental to their survival. After they were saved, Carpathia transported them to New York.


The sibling ships, Olympic and Titanic, are being constructed side to side. Belfast 1910

The twin ships always had a connected fate and were meant to rule the world’s seas in tandem. The reality was cruel to them, as the Olympic was left without its companion, after the tragic accident.


People in Southampton checking the Titanic survivor list posted outside the White Star Line office (April 1912)

As there was no efficient way to spread the news fast, the list of all the survivors was posted on a board at the docks. Worried relatives were mostly devastated when they saw their loved ones were missing from the list.


RMS Titanic says her final goodbye to the city of Southampton, as she heads for her demise (April 10, 1912)

As Titanic was leaving the docks, expectations were sky high and nobody thought the end was going to be as tragic as it turned out to be. Still, the memory of one of the biggest ships of all time still lasts.


Workers tirelessly build makeshift coffins for those who are to be buried at sea. 1912

A sad occurrence like this was pretty common after the Titanic hit the iceberg.  Since there were so many victims, the only solutions were to either construct makeshift coffins or bury the deceased ones at sea.


Titanic’s lifeboat D, in anticipation for help from the nearby RMS Carpathia

There were not enough lifeboats for all the people on the Titanic and some of them were left behind. Those who managed to get out were anticipating the nearest ship, RMSCarpathia, to save them.


The magnificent Titanic in color, 1912

An amazing color photo of this engineering marvel sheds a new light (pun intended) on the look and the sheer magnitude of this vessel and how big it was compared to everything else man made.


A young boy delivering news about the accident, 1912

At the time of the accident, expectations were high for the Titanic. Those high hopes delivered a fatal blow to the world, because of the damage and the lives lost.


The Titanic’s lifeboat system

The lifeboats of the Titanic were many, but many experts think that the engineers weren’t adequately prepared for the possibility of an accident and that it all could have been avoided if there were more of them.


Noel Leslie, the Countess of Rothes

The countess was also one of the royals that were on board and she miraculously survived. She stated multiple times that experience shaped her and taught her to appreciate life.


The RMS Carpathia is rescuing the passengers

The rescuing ship arrived as fast as it could, at 4 am and transported the survivors to New York. About 40.000 people came to Pier 54 to welcome the survivors and provide support to those in need.


Titanic survivors pedaling to the RMS Carpathia

While the remaining people quickly pedaled to safety, the seas were calm and they were lucky not to get overturned and drown. All in all, every lifeboat made it and the operation was a success.


Perhaps a picture of the iceberg

Since many people aboard were very wealthy, it’s entirely possible that someone snapped a photo of an iceberg in the distance. Because the cruiser was so large, it was impossible to change the course that quick, and avoid it.


John and Nelle Snyder

The couple was returning from their honeymoon when the tragedy struck. An occurrence like that had shaken them up pretty bad. They also donated a collection of letters and photos from the ship, which proved a valuable piece of history.


The SS California, the ship that ignored the Titanic’s distress signal, thinking it was a false alarm

Not many ships were in the seas around Greenland, and the SS California was one of them. They ignored the distress rockets, thinking it was an exercise and a drill. What could have been prevented?


The bow of the Titanic now

A wreckage was found about a decade ago and research proved it was, in fact, the Titanic. It’s eerie how intact everything is, even the pianos and the dining room are like they were before, resembling an underwater haunted house.


A rare deck plan of the ship

Considering most people were running to save their lives, bringing random objects with them wasn’t that much of a priority. Therefore, these kinds of objects were a rarity and sell for a lot of money at auctions.


A musician saying goodbye to the travelers

Since the maiden voyage was such a big event, many people gathered to celebrate. Musicians and champagne were involved, amongst others.


The promenade deck

On this deck, you could have seen many people gathering for parties and chit chat. Many beautiful photos were taken on this part of the ship. It had regular security and inspections.


The salvaged gloves of a coal worker

Since most of the fish and the sea creatures ate the majority of the small pieces of the ship, finding pieces like this is very rare and are considered historical artifacts.


Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon

There has been a widely-spread conspiracy that a lot of Picasso’s early works were lost with the wreckage. This is, in fact, false. Picasso was never on the boat, and the movie scene was just for humor purposes.


Bernard Hill vs. Captain Edward John Smith

The heroic captain that sacrificed himself in the movie is actually based on the real captain of the Titanic, who did the same thing. It’s awesome that iconic heroes like him are immortalized.


Kathy Bates vs. Margaret “Molly” Brown

Another famous character from the movies was also based on a real person. James Cameron really did his homework and correctly portrayed one of the better-known survivors of the accident.


Eric Braeden vs. John Jacob Astor

It’s amazing how professional James Cameron is. Eric’s character was based on Mr. Astor. He was a famous colonel, investor, and businessman, who was one of the richest people of his time.


Victor Graber vs. Thomas Andrews

Victor was also based on a real person, believe it or not! Mr. Andrews was a naval architect that was responsible for the building of the Titanic. Although his demise was tragic, it was a little bit ironic.


What about Jack and Rose?

We have to disappoint you, but Jack and Rose were just products of James Cameron’s imagination. Their addition was to spice up the story and create a flair for drama.


Wait, I’ve heard that there was a J. Dawson on board the Titanic! What gives?

Although it is true that there was a J. Dawson on board, it was a Joseph Dawson. He was one of the coal trimmers on the ship. Even James himself said the name was a coincidence and that there is no relation to Jack at all.


The scenes underwater

Believe it or not, the director thought about this, too! In order to create the most realistic results, Cameron dove into the depths with a special vessel, sometimes even for 15 hours in continuation. Now, that’s dedication!