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43 secrets you never knew about the Titanic and the people aboard it

43 secrets you never knew about the Titanic and the people aboard it
  • The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 - 109 years ago.
  • The wreck was discovered almost 36 years ago on September 1, 1985.
  • You might be surprised to hear these secrets of the Titanic and those onboard.

Actress Dorothy Gibson, who was aboard the Titanic and survived, starred in a film called "Saved From the Titanic," which was released just one month after the ship sank.

Actress Dorothy Gibson, who was aboard the Titanic and survived, starred in a film called "Saved From the Titanic," which was released just one month after the ship sank.
Gibson in "Saved from the Titanic." Eclair Film Company

American silent film actress Dorothy Gibson was one of the approximately 700 survivors of the tragedy.

Upon arriving in New York City unscathed, she immediately began filming "Saved From the Titanic," the first film to depict the events of the sinking. It was released in May 1912, a month after the crash. She is famous for wearing the same clothes and shoes in the movie as she had worn during the actual sinking.

While the film was successful, it exists only in memories now. The only known print of the film was destroyed in a fire.

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Another survivor, Lawrence Beesley, tried to crash the filming of the 1958 film "A Night to Remember" because he wanted to symbolically go down with the ship.

Another survivor, Lawrence Beesley, tried to crash the filming of the 1958 film "A Night to Remember" because he wanted to symbolically go down with the ship.
Beesley and an unknown woman in the ship's gymnasium. Public domain

According to IMDb, Beesley was on the set of "A Night to Remember," which is considered the most accurate of all Titanic films. He reportedly tried to jump into the scene depicting the ship's sinking, in order to symbolically go down with the ship. Legend has it that director Roy Ward Baker refused, as it would have been a union violation and could have halted filming.

Beesley was a survivor from the second class, and he wrote a memoir about his experience entitled "The Loss of the SS Titanic."

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The 700 third-class passengers had to share two bathtubs.

The 700 third-class passengers had to share two bathtubs.
The movie "Titanic" made third class seem like a real party. Twentieth Century Fox

Even though, by all accounts, the third-class accommodations on the Titanic were much better than those on an average ship, they were still pretty rough. The total number of third-class passengers ranged from 700 to 1,000, and they all had to share two bathtubs, according to ABC News.

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One of the ship's musicians wasn't officially declared dead until 2000.

One of the ship's musicians wasn't officially declared dead until 2000.
The ship's musicians as portrayed in the 1997 film "Titanic." Twentieth Century Fox

Roger Bricoux was the Titanic's cello player and just 21 years old when he perished during the ship's sinking.

But Bricoux wasn't officially declared dead until 2000, though all of the musicians died on April 15, 1912. The French army even called him a deserter when he failed to show up to serve in World War I.

The Association Française du Titanic (French Association of the Titanic) worked to clear his name and officially put Bricoux to rest, but it didn't succeed until 88 years after the Titanic sank.

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The ship's band played music right until the very end to try and calm passengers.

The ship's band played music right until the very end to try and calm passengers.
Mr. J Wesley Woodward, a cellist in the Titanic's band. Universal Images Group/Getty Images

They have been called heroes, and they played music for more than two hours after hitting the iceberg, the BBC reported.

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The ship's lookouts had to rely on their eyesight alone - the ship's binoculars were locked inside a cabinet that no one could find the key to.

The ship's lookouts had to rely on their eyesight alone - the ship's binoculars were locked inside a cabinet that no one could find the key to.
The ship's lookouts had to rely on their eyesight alone. Photo 12/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

The ship's lookouts, Frederick Fleet and Reginald Lee, didn't have access to binoculars during the journey, and therefore couldn't see very far.

The ship's second officer was replaced at the last minute and forgot to hand off the key to the locker that housed the ship's binoculars.

The key resurfaced at auction in 2010, where it was sold for over $130,000.

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It is likely that the crew didn't spot the iceberg in time because they didn't have binoculars.

It is likely that the crew didn't spot the iceberg in time because they didn't have binoculars.
Newspaper boy Ned Parfett sells copies of the Evening News telling of the Titanic maritime disaster, outside the White Star Line offices at Oceanic House in London. Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

According to the official 1912 inquiry findings, only 37 seconds elapsed between actually seeing the iceberg, calling downstairs, and deciding what course of action to take.

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At the memorial of Frederick Fleet - one of the lookouts - a prankster left a pair of binoculars with a note reading "Sorry for bringing these 100 years too late."

At the memorial of Frederick Fleet - one of the lookouts - a prankster left a pair of binoculars with a note reading "Sorry for bringing these 100 years too late."
Frederick Fleet. Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Fleet was the lookout who called out the now-famous words, "Iceberg, right ahead." He survived the sinking, but tragically went on to die by suicide in 1965, after the death of his wife.

On the centennial anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, a prankster removed a memorial wreath from his gravestone and replaced it with a pair of binoculars and a note apologizing for the lateness of the binoculars.

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The Titanic was plagued by tragedy from the start. Eight people died during the ship's construction.

The Titanic was plagued by tragedy from the start. Eight people died during the ship's construction.
The Titanic and its sister ship the Olympic under construction in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Universal History Archive/Getty Images

Eight men died during the construction of the ship, but only five of the names are known: Samuel Scott, John Kelly, William Clarke, James Dobbin, and Robert Murphy. A plaque memorializing the eight men in Belfast was unveiled in 2012.

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The richest man aboard was John Jacob Astor IV, who was widely believed to have been the richest man in the world at the time of his death.

The richest man aboard was John Jacob Astor IV, who was widely believed to have been the richest man in the world at the time of his death.
John Jacob Astor IV. Bettmann/Getty Images

Astor was not just the richest man on the Titanic but widely believed to be the richest man in the world at the time of his death. He was worth an estimated $150 million, or $3.5 billion in today's dollars.

Astor was on the ship returning home from a months-long honeymoon with his new wife, Madeleine Talmage Force, who, at 18 years of age, was 28 years younger than him. The extended honeymoon was actually a way to escape society's gossip — Astor had just been divorced within two years of his new marriage, which was relatively unheard of back then.

Astor's body was one of the few that was recovered in the Atlantic Ocean after the ship went down. Among other possessions, he was found with $2,440 in his pocket (roughly $60,000 today).

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Multiple newspapers mistakenly reported that the crash caused no fatalities, including the Daily Mail, the Belfast Telegraph, and The World.

Multiple newspapers mistakenly reported that the crash caused no fatalities, including the Daily Mail, the Belfast Telegraph, and The World.
Reports were conflicting. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

In the race to publish a headline about the disaster, numerous newspapers gave families and loved ones false hope about the sinking of the Titanic. The World reported no fatalities, the Daily Mail declared "no lives lost," and the Belfast Telegraph claimed "no danger of loss of life."

American newspapers were able to take advantage of the time difference, and their headlines were more accurate. The New York Times, for example, ran the headline "Titanic Sinks Four Hours After Hitting Iceberg; 866 Rescued by Carpathia, Probably 1,250 Perish; Ismay Safe, Mrs. Astor Maybe, Noted Names Missing."

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A woman who survived the Titanic's sinking later survived the sinking of another ship: the Britannic.

A woman who survived the Titanic's sinking later survived the sinking of another ship: the Britannic.
Violet Jessop. Public domain

Depending on how you look at it, stewardess and nurse Violet Jessop is the luckiest — or unluckiest — woman alive. She survived the sinking of both the Titanic and the Britannic.

Jessop was just 25 when she survived the sinking of the Titanic. She was instructed to get into a lifeboat while the ship was going down to show women that the boats were safe.

Undeterred by this maritime tragedy, Jessop began working on the Britannica (dubbed the Titanic 2 by the media), until it came across a mine that had been planted by a German U-boat in 1916. That ship also sank, and Jessop escaped again, but this time with a serious head injury that would affect her for the rest of her life.

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It is rumored that a few men dressed up as women to get a spot on a lifeboat.

It is rumored that a few men dressed up as women to get a spot on a lifeboat.
The lifeboats are said to have been for women and children only. API/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

For one couple, these rumors even caused divorce.

Dickinson and Helen Bishop were granted a divorce in 1916, four years after the Titanic went down. Helen claimed that her husband was cruel and a drunk, but their relationship was also plagued by rumors that Dickinson had dressed up as a woman in order to escape the ship. In his official testimony during the US Senate Inquiry regarding the Titanic, he claimed that there had been no official order allowing only women and children to get on lifeboats.

Bishop's not the only man to have been accused of disguising himself as a woman — J. Bruce Ismay, William Carter, and William T. Sloper were all dogged by the same rumors throughout their lives.

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Every single engineer aboard the Titanic perished - they all stayed behind to keep the ship's power running until the very end.

Every single engineer aboard the Titanic perished - they all stayed behind to keep the ship's power running until the very end.
The memorial to the Titanic's engineers in Southampton, England. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

The Titanic's lights only went out when she finally went under, due to the tireless efforts of the ship's engineers, who stayed behind to keep the electricity and pumps running while the ship sank. They also kept the radio running, which put out distress signals until minutes before the ship sank. Not one of the 25 engineers survived.

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No city was more affected by the Titanic's sinking than Southampton, England, where the ship had departed from. In one school, half of the students lost their fathers.

No city was more affected by the Titanic's sinking than Southampton, England, where the ship had departed from. In one school, half of the students lost their fathers.
A crowd awaits the return of survivors of the Titanic disaster in Southampton, April 1912. Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

According to the Daily Echo, at "one Northam school, 120 of the 240 pupils lost their father" — Northam is a neighborhood in Southampton. Most of the crew was from the city, and only 213 crewmembers survived, while 686 died.

The Daily Echo also reported that one widow, who had just given birth to twins, found out her husband had died and herself died of shock.

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The Navratil brothers were known as the "Titanic orphans." They were the only two children from the ship to be rescued without a parent or guardian.

The Navratil brothers were known as the "Titanic orphans." They were the only two children from the ship to be rescued without a parent or guardian.
Michel (left) and Edmond (right) Navratil. Universal History Archive/Getty Images

The Navratil brothers Edmond and Michel were just 2 and 4 years old, respectively, when the Titanic sank. They were with their father, Michel Sr., who had kidnapped them. Separated from their mother, he decided to take them to America in the hopes that his estranged wife would follow, and that they could start a new life in the New World.

Their father put them on a lifeboat, and he was never seen again.

The two spoke no English, so they were taken in by a French-speaking survivor, Margaret Hays, until the authorities could locate their mother. She found them a month after the disaster, thanks to their faces being plastered on newspapers the world over.

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One of the most beloved quotes from the 1997 film is based on a true story.

One of the most beloved quotes from the 1997 film is based on a true story.
"We are dressed in our best and are prepared to go down as gentlemen." Twentieth Century Fox

In the movie, Benjamin Guggenheim refuses a life vest and states, "We are dressed in our best and are prepared to go down as gentlemen."

While it seems almost too cinematic to be true, the real Benjamin Guggenheim was actually prepared to go down like a gentleman, according to multiple reports. A New York Times article published in April 1912 reported that he had asked a steward to tell his wife in New York City, "I've done my best in doing my duty." He went down with the ship.

Watch the scene based on Guggenheim's final moments here.

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There were at least 13 couples celebrating their honeymoon on the Titanic.

There were at least 13 couples celebrating their honeymoon on the Titanic.
John Jacob Astor IV and his new wife, Madeleine, were on their honeymoon. George Rinhart/Corbis/Getty Images

According to "Titanic Love Stories," there were at least 13 couples celebrating their honeymoons on the ship.

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A novella called "Futility" that was published 14 years before the Titanic set sail seemed to have predicted the disaster.

A novella called "Futility" that was published 14 years before the Titanic set sail seemed to have predicted the disaster.
The crew of the Titanic waiting at Portsmouth Town Hall. Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

"Futility," a novella written by American author Morgan Robertson, was published in 1898, 14 years before the Titanic set sail. It centered around the sinking of a fictional ship called the Titan.

According to Time, there's an eerie number of similarities between the ship's sinking in "Futility" and the Titanic in real life.

First, the ship names are just two letters off (Titan vs Titanic). They were also said to be almost the same size, and both sank in April, due to an iceberg. Both ships had been described as unsinkable, and, sadly, both had just over the legally required amount of lifeboats, which were nowhere near enough.

The author was accused of being a psychic, but he explained that the uncanny similarities were simply a product of his extensive knowledge, saying, "I know what I'm writing about, that's all."

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The SS Californian is known for having been near the Titanic when it sank, but not coming to its aid until it was too late. Three years after the Titanic, the Californian sank too.

The SS Californian is known for having been near the Titanic when it sank, but not coming to its aid until it was too late. Three years after the Titanic, the Californian sank too.
The officers of the SS Californian in May 1912. Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Multiple bad judgment calls led to the Californian not helping the Titanic: The ship's radio was allegedly shut off for the night when the Titanic hit the iceberg, and when the captain was awakened by the flares the Titanic had been setting off, he assumed that they were just fireworks. By the time the SOS messages finally came through, it was too late.

However, the Californian wasn't long for this world either — it sank on November 1915, torpedoed by a German submarine during WWI.

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Only one woman actually went down with the ship and survived, Rhoda Mary Abott.

Only one woman actually went down with the ship and survived, Rhoda Mary Abott.
Two lifeboats approaching the Carpathia. Universal History Archive/Getty Images

Abott was on the deck until the very end with her two sons, and all three went into the water with the ship. Tragically, her two sons were washed away by the ocean, but Abott was eventually pulled into a lifeboat that was rescued by the Carpathia.

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One of the ship's cooks, Charles Joughin, was able to survive much longer in the cold water than others because of the copious amounts of whiskey he had drank.

One of the ship's cooks, Charles Joughin, was able to survive much longer in the cold water than others because of the copious amounts of whiskey he had drank.
Joughin was also portrayed in Comedy Central's "Drunk History." Comedy Central

Joughin is briefly but memorably portrayed in "Titanic" as chugging a flask of alcohol before entering the water. This is based on reality — according to reports, Joughin grabbed two bottles of whiskey as the ship went down.

Joughin reported that he survived in the frigid northern Atlantic for at least two hours — most people died from hypothermia within 15 minutes.

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Joughin had had a busy night. The last dinner served on the Titanic (to first-class passengers) was a whopping 10 courses.

Joughin had had a busy night. The last dinner served on the Titanic (to first-class passengers) was a whopping 10 courses.
The first-class dinner scene in "Titanic." Twentieth Century Fox

According to NPR, the menu included "oysters, filet mignon, poached salmon, chicken Lyonnaise, foie gras, roasted pigeon, lamb with mint sauce, and Punch Romaine, a palate-cleansing ice flavored with oranges and drenched in Champagne."

And that's just for first class — the ship's cooks had to prepare food for second- and third-class passengers, plus the crew, too.

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The movie ended up costing more to produce than it cost to build the Titanic, which was the largest and most luxurious ship at the time, even when adjusted for inflation.

The movie ended up costing more to produce than it cost to build the Titanic, which was the largest and most luxurious ship at the time, even when adjusted for inflation.
An artist's rendering of the ship sinking. Universal History Archive/Getty Images

The Titanic was estimated to have cost around $7.5 million in 1912, which, according to the US Department of Labor's inflation calculator, would be around $190 million.

The 1997 blockbuster's budget was $200 million.

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And though it was the biggest ship in the world, it still took 73 years to find its wreckage.

And though it was the biggest ship in the world, it still took 73 years to find its wreckage.
Artifacts recovered from the wreck site of the RMS Titanic. John Lamparski/WireImage/Getty Images

The Titanic's bow was discovered in 1985, allegedly during a secret Cold War Navy mission.

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When the wreck was found, it finally confirmed reports that the ship had, in fact, broken in two. This was a long disputed issue.

When the wreck was found, it finally confirmed reports that the ship had, in fact, broken in two. This was a long disputed issue.
Remnants of the Titanic. AP Photo

There were at least 15 witnesses who swore on the record that they had seen the Titanic break into two pieces before completely sinking beneath the waves. But they were ignored — the official US inquiry stated that the ship sank intact.

How the Titanic sank was disputed for 73 years until it was finally found on the ocean floor, broken in two.

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The whole wreck could be gone by 2030.

The whole wreck could be gone by 2030.
Professor Robert Ballard, professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, points to his footage of the wreck of the Titanic. AP/Peter Morrison

Scientists think the whole wreck could vanish by 2030, thanks to bacteria eating away at it.

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During one of the expeditions to view the wreckage, a bowler hat was discovered inside a passenger's closet, right where he left it.

During one of the expeditions to view the wreckage, a bowler hat was discovered inside a passenger's closet, right where he left it.
People can explore the wreckage in a variety of ways, like this Panorama exhibition in Leipzig. Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

James Cameron, director/writer/producer/editor of "Titanic," wrote about his experiences touring the ship's wreckage for National Geographic. He shared that "in Henry Harper's D Deck cabin, his bowler hat remains in the ruins of his closet, right where he left it."

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While many people believed the Titanic was unsinkable, not everyone did. A passenger, Charles Melville Hays, predicted an "appalling disaster." He perished in the water.

While many people believed the Titanic was unsinkable, not everyone did. A passenger, Charles Melville Hays, predicted an "appalling disaster." He perished in the water.
Charles Melville Hays. Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Hays was president of the Grand Trunk and Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Companies, which would later become the Canadian National Railway, and was thus well-versed in the technological advancements in transportation.

According to a survivor, Colonel Archibald Gracie, Hays pondered if continuing to build bigger and faster ships was wise. According to Gracie, Hays said "the White Star, the Cunard, and Hamburg-American Lines are devoting their attention and ingenuity in vying with one another to attain the supremacy in luxurious ships and in making speed records. The time will come soon when this will be checked by some appalling disaster."

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And an appalling disaster it was. Over 1,500 people died - though only four of those were women from the first class.

And an appalling disaster it was. Over 1,500 people died - though only four of those were women from the first class.
The Titanic's first-class lounge. Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Just four women from first class died during the disaster. While undoubtedly tragic, compare that to the 89 third-class women who died — or the 387 men.

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One of those four women was Ann Elizabeth Isham, who perished because she refused to leave her dog behind.

One of those four women was Ann Elizabeth Isham, who perished because she refused to leave her dog behind.
Dogs of the Titanic, including (reportedly) Isham's dog on the far right. Public domain

Isham reportedly jumped out of a lifeboat once she realized that she couldn't take her great Dane with her. It's been speculated that a woman found in the water with her arms wrapped around her large dog was Isham, though it's impossible to know for sure.

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Of the 1,500-plus who perished, only 300 were recovered. One of the bodies recovered was called the "Unknown Child" and wasn't identified until almost 100 years later.

Of the 1,500-plus who perished, only 300 were recovered. One of the bodies recovered was called the "Unknown Child" and wasn't identified until almost 100 years later.
Coins, toys, and flowers decorate the tombstone of Sidney Leslie Goodwin, a 19-month-old English boy, who died during the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ROGERIO BARBOSA/AFP/Getty Images

A child's body was recovered from the water five days after the Titanic went down. Rescuers were so moved by the little boy that they buried him in a grave in Nova Scotia memorializing the 1,000 or so children that passed away.

The body was misidentified three times before he was finally identified as Sidney Goodwin when his shoes were donated to a museum and DNA tested.

Goodwin's tomb, marked with a headstone that says "unknown child," has remained untouched. His family stated, "The tombstone of the unknown child represents all of the children who perished on the Titanic, and we left it that way."

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The last remaining survivor passed away in 2009 - she was just 2 months old when the ship sank.

The last remaining survivor passed away in 2009 - she was just 2 months old when the ship sank.
Millvina Dean in 1998. NANCY PALMIERI/AP

Millvina Dean was just 2 months old when she was wrapped in a sack and lowered into a lifeboat. She was the last living survivor of the Titanic and passed away in 2009, at age 97.

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One of the most famous survivors was the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown. She later ran for US Senate.

One of the most famous survivors was the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown. She later ran for US Senate.
Margaret "Molly" Brown. DeAgostini/Getty Images

After the sinking of the Titanic, Brown became a full-fledged activist. She was a vocal supporter of the suffrage movement, worked with the Red Cross during World War I, and even ran for Senate, though she didn't win.

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Of the approximately 700 survivors, only one was Japanese. When he returned home, he was ridiculed and ostracized for not going down with the ship.

Of the approximately 700 survivors, only one was Japanese. When he returned home, he was ridiculed and ostracized for not going down with the ship.
Masabumi Hosono (second from left), and his handwritten account of the sinking of the ship. AP/Atsushi Tsukada

Masabumi Hosono was originally called the "Lucky Japanese Boy" by American media, but he was soon labeled a coward for getting on a lifeboat, which many considered primarily for women and children. He was called dishonorable in his home country and was accused of dressing up as a woman in order to gain access to a boat (there's no proof of this).

After "Titanic" was released in 1997, Hosono's family published a letter he had written to his wife describing the sinking of the ship — explaining he had been ready to die until a crew member called out for two more people, and he hopped in with another man.

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A lifeboat drill that was supposed to take place the day of the sinking was canceled by the ship's captain.

A lifeboat drill that was supposed to take place the day of the sinking was canceled by the ship's captain.
The lifeboats aboard the Titanic. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

According to a survivor's testimony, it was completely out of the ordinary for a Sunday to pass without a lifeboat drill. April 14, 1912, was the last Sunday the Titanic would ever see, and the day of the sinking (technically, the Titanic sank on April 15 at 2 a.m.).

It's unclear why the drill never happened.

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While it's impossible to know for sure, a ship spotted this iceberg with a streak of red paint going along its side soon after the crash. This is believed to be the iceberg that sank the ship.

While it's impossible to know for sure, a ship spotted this iceberg with a streak of red paint going along its side soon after the crash. This is believed to be the iceberg that sank the ship.
The iceberg that's believed to have sank Titanic. Public domain

This photo was taken on April 15, 1912, the morning after the Titanic crashed, from a ship called the SS Prinz Adalbert. The photographer hadn't even heard about the Titanic sinking yet, he just noticed that it appeared to show signs of collision, including a streak of red paint.

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The hangar used to build the Titanic is now a filming location - HBO's hit show "Game of Thrones" shot there.

The hangar used to build the Titanic is now a filming location - HBO's hit show "Game of Thrones" shot there.
Titanic Studios. Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Part of Titanic Studios incorporates Paint Hall, where construction on the Titanic took place. It was first used in 2007 for the filming of "City of Ember," and it has been part of multiple TV show and movies since then, including "Game of Thrones."

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The ship's profile, which features four smokestacks, makes it one of the most recognizable ships in history. But the fourth smokestack served no purpose, other than aesthetics.

The ship's profile, which features four smokestacks, makes it one of the most recognizable ships in history. But the fourth smokestack served no purpose, other than aesthetics.
The fourth smokestack has no smoke coming out of it. Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

The Titanic had four smokestacks (or funnels), but only three actually carried smoke from the furnaces. The fourth was said to be for ventilation and aesthetic purposes only.

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A lucky few bought tickets but never boarded the ship, such as Milton Hershey, J.P. Morgan, and Guglielmo Marconi.

A lucky few bought tickets but never boarded the ship, such as Milton Hershey, J.P. Morgan, and Guglielmo Marconi.
Milton Hershey founded Hershey's. Bettman/Getty Images

Days after the ship went down, newspapers began compiling lists of people who had bought tickets but never boarded the Titanic — they called them the "Just Missed It Club."

Those that narrowly escaped disaster included Milton Hershey, who decided to take an earlier ship home with his wife, J. Pierpont Morgan (founder of General Electric and US Steel), who ended up staying at a French spa, and Guglielmo Marconi (an inventor), who also caught an earlier ship.

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The ship was carrying 15,000 bottles of beer, 1,000 bottles of wine, 850 bottles of liquor, and 8,000 cigars.

The ship was carrying 15,000 bottles of beer, 1,000 bottles of wine, 850 bottles of liquor, and 8,000 cigars.
Café Parisien on board the RMS Titanic. Universal Images Group/Getty Images

In addition to all that alcohol and tobacco, there were 75,000 pounds of fresh meat, 7,500 pounds of bacon, 36,000 oranges, 1,000 loaves of bread, and 40,000 fresh eggs on board.

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James Cameron's "Titanic" isn't the only movie about the ship. A Nazi propaganda film was shot depicting the events from a German perspective.

James Cameron's "Titanic" isn't the only movie about the ship. A Nazi propaganda film was shot depicting the events from a German perspective.
The movie's poster. Deutsche Filmvertriebs GmbH (DFV)

The Nazi re-telling of the sinking of the Titanic attempted to blame the British for the sinking of the Titanic by pushing the ship to continue at full speed, despite the warnings of a (fictional) German First Officer who ostensibly was the only person aboard who cared about human life.

The behind-the-scenes scandal of this movie is almost unbelievable. Before being murdered in prison for speaking against the Nazi regime, the director demanded a full-size ocean liner that he could film on — and the Nazis provided the SS Cap Arcona (their version of a luxury ocean liner). Tragically, the Cap Arcona ended up being used as a floating concentration camp, and was sank, resulting in 2,750 casualties.

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Captain Edward Smith really did go down with the ship, though it's unclear what his final moments were really like.

Captain Edward Smith really did go down with the ship, though it's unclear what his final moments were really like.
Purser Hugh Walter McElroy and Captain Edward J. Smith aboard the Titanic during the run from Southampton to Queenstown, England, on April 1, 1912. Ralph White/CORBIS/Corbis/Getty Images

Smith, who had been preparing to retire after his final journey on the Titanic, had been a captain for 40 years. Unfortunately, he'd never get to retire, as he died aboard the ship. As History notes, no one knows for sure what happened to Smith, but there many rumors regarding his death.

"Captain Smith had at least five different deaths, from heroic to ignominious," wrote Wyn Craig Wade in "The Titanic: End of a Dream." Some said he jumped off the ship with a baby, dove off himself, was washed away by a wave, or even shot himself (though this theory is widely discredited by historians).

Stranger still, there are people who claimed that he survived and that they'd seen him, but these sightings have been discounted.

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