Most of the details of the sinking of the Titanic are well-known. At 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean. Over the next two hours and 40 minutes, the ship filled with water and sank, killing more than 1,500 people, including a fictional young man whose girlfriend wouldn't make room for him on the door on which she was floating, even though there was clearly plenty of room. But the story of the Titanicis made up of so many more creepy facts that often get forgotten.
Here's some background in case, unlike me, you don't regularly watch the first half of Titanic and then stop and pretend everything works out. When the shipset off on her maiden voyage on April 10, departing from Southampton on the first leg of her journey to New York, she was the largest ship in the world, measuring 882 feet in length, and the largest man-made moving object on Earth. Her lavish facilities included a gym, pool, Turkish bath, and a kennel for first-class pups. There were 2,224 people on board, including poor emigrants from Armenia, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Syria, and Russia, hoping to make a life for themselves in the United States, as well as some of the richest people in the world, like John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim.
While these basic numbers are stunning, as is often the case, the most striking details are found in the smaller stories, the tales of individuals who experienced one of the greatest maritime disasters in human history. Here are some of the most chilling facts about that tragic night, 105 years ago:
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