When the "Unsinkable Ship" sank on April 15, 1912, the world was overcome with shock and sorrow. The Titanic is still one of the most fascinating stories in history, even after a century. Read to know the facts you definitely did not see in the film.
1.) When it entered service, the RMS Titanic was the largest passenger ship in the world, measuring 269 meters in length, and was the largest man-made object on Earth.
2.) The iceberg was actually seen a minute before the collision, but the first officer Murdoch waited 30 seconds to order. The Titanic could have survived the iceberg entirely, if it had not been for this fatal delay.
3.) The ship cost $ 7.5 million to build. James Cameron's 1997 film about the disaster had a production budget of $ 200 million.
4.) Only three of four smoke piles were truly functional. The extra was just one to make the ship look more impressive.
5.) The ship was equipped to hold 64. Many were sent out for a lifetime when they were full. The first boat had 28 people and the capacity was 65.
6.) The last meal served on the Titanic consisted of 10 courses. The menu included oysters, cream of barley soup, poison salmon, and more.
7.) Captain Edward John Smith canceled the planned lifeboat drill on the day of the sinking. Nobody knows why he called it closed.
8.) 100 feet of snowflakes were detected in a glacier in Greenland.
9.) The search operation began soon after the ship disappeared underwater, but was not found until 1985. Robert Ballard found the wreck aboard a French research ship named Le Sourot.
10.) There is a rust-causing bacterium called Hylomanus titanica that is slowly consuming the remains of the ship. It is expected to be completely gone by 2030.