I’m assuming we’re all vaguely familiar with the tragic iceberg-Titanic story, but here are a few lesser-known facts that I found really interesting (and a little creepy):
- The musicians on board kept playing for hours as the ship sank in an attempt to calm down the passengers. One of the last songs they played was ‘Songe d’Automne.’ (Source)
- One key could have (potentially) saved thousands of lives: the look-outs were deprived of binoculars when the ex-Second Officer neglected to return the key to the look-out’s locker. Had the men had access to said locker, they could have identified the danger earlier and thus avoided the sinking of the ship. (Source)
- The Morgan Robertson novella ‘Futility’ or ‘Wreck of the Titan’, although written years before Titanic was ever designed, holds some uncanny similarities with the infamous ship. Similarities include: the name (obviously); the fact that they sank in April in the North Atlantic; both ships were described as ‘unsinkable’; both had a passenger and crew capacity of 3000 (and a serious lack of lifeboats); both struck an iceberg at 400 nautical miles off Newfoundland. The coincidence is chilling! After the real wreck, the book was republished with some changes, like the Titan’s gross tonnage. (Source)
- Allegedly, John Jacob Astor IV (the richest man on board) quipped to his waiter: “I asked for ice, but this is ridiculous.” Unfortunately, he went down with the ship. (Source)
This is a really melancholy topic to be writing about, but I found these facts fascinating. I hope they inspire your creativity as much as they do mine.
Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!