The History in Numbers
At 11.40pm on the night of 14 April 1912, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, the RMS Titanic struck the iceberg that would ultimately lead to the sinking of the ship less than 3 hours later.
At around 2.20am on the morning of 15 April, the Titanic disappeared beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, a disaster that resulted in the loss of more than 1,500 lives, almost two-thirds of the people on board.
Titanic Facts aims to tell the story in a comprehensive and clear way, and to help keep alive the memory of this great and tragic ship, and of her passengers and crew, survivors and victims.
Some Titanic Facts To Discover
There are more than 1,000 fascinating facts and figures to explore within Titanic Facts. Here are a few to get you started, with links straight to the section they are contained in.
269.1 metres – the length of the Titanic (882 feet 9 inches).
825 tons – the amount of coal used per day.
10,000 – the approximate number of lamp bulbs used on the ship.
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Building The Titanic
$7,500,000 – the cost of building the RMS Titanic.
2 – the number of workers killed during the build.
20 – horses needed to transport the main anchor.
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Food On The Titanic
14,000 – the gallons of drinking water used every 24 hours.
40,000 – the number of fresh eggs in the ship’s provisions.
1,000 – the number of bottles of wine taken aboard.
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64 – the number of lifeboats the Titanic was equipped to carry.
20 – the number of lifeboats she was actually carrying.
28 – the number of people on board the first lifeboat, which had a capacity of 65 people.
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3,547 – the maximum number of people the Titanic could carry.
2,223 – the number of people aboard (passengers and crew).
13 – the number of honeymooning couples on the voyage.
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6 – the number of warnings of icebergs the Titanic received before the collision.
160 – the minutes it took the Titanic to sink after hitting the iceberg (2 hours and 40 minutes).
-2°C – the temperature of the sea water in the area where Titanic sank.
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31.6% – the total percentage of passengers and crew who survived.
53.4% – the percentage who could have survived, given the number of spaces available on the Titanic lifeboats.
2 – the number of dogs who survived (lapdogs taken aboard lifeboats by their owners).
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12,600 feet – the depth at which the wreck of the Titanic lays.
18 metres – the distance that the bow penetrated into the sea bed.
6,000 – the approximate number of artefacts that have been recovered from the wreck site.
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About The Site
There is a great deal of in-depth coverage of the Titanic story on the web, much of it excellent, some of it fanciful.
Titanic Facts has been designed to provide a quick and simple snapshot of some of the key facts and figures about the life and loss of this great ship. I hope you find something of value and interest here.
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