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Titanic Fact #6: Unsung Heroes

Titanic Fact #6: Unsung Heroes

Many of the men working in the boiler and engine rooms chose to stay on the ship even though they knew it was sinking. They made this choice because they knew that if they stopped working, the ship would lose electrical power. The passengers’ best chance of being saved rested on how long the Titanic could keep its lights on and be visible to other ships.

Workers in one of the Titanic's coal bunkers

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March 31, 20120 comments
Titanic Fact #5: Bathtubs and Asparagus

Titanic Fact #5: Bathtubs and Asparagus

Captain Edward Smith’s bathtub as it was found in the wreckage.
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Division among the classes on the Titanic was severely noticeable. For example, there were over 700 people in third class, but only 2 bathtubs for all of them. However, the wealth in first class was so excessive that not only did most first class passengers have their own bathtubs, the ship also carried 400 asparagus tongs.
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I’m sure there is a perfectly good reason for 400 of these and only 20 lifeboats; I just can’t think of it at the moment.

 

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March 30, 20120 comments
Titanic Fact #4: The Unsinkable _______ Brown

Titanic Fact #4: The Unsinkable _______ Brown

“The Unsinkable” Molly Brown was a real person on the Titanic, but she was never actually called “Molly.” “Molly” was a Hollywood invention. Her real name was Margaret Brown, and she preferred being called “Maggie.”

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March 29, 20120 comments
Titanic Fact #3: Mechanical Camel?!

Titanic Fact #3: Mechanical Camel?!

King Edward VII, ruler of England during the age when Titanic was built, was a man who liked his exercise.  Edward was an avid hunter and enjoyed playing sports.  As a result, sports and exercise became popular among the wealthy class.  The Titanic had a state-of-the-art gymnasium that included weights and rowing machines.  The biggest hit, however, was the mechanical camel.

William Parr (wearing black cap) rides the mechanical camel while TW McCawley (in white) uses the rowing machine. Both men perished on the Titanic.

Stop back tommorrow for more interesting Titanic Facts and mark your calendar for Titanic: 100 Years Later at the Fairmount Branch on April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

 

March 28, 20122 comments
Titanic Fact #2: I got a funny feeling about this one….

Titanic Fact #2: I got a funny feeling about this one….

Dozens of Titanic passengers cancelled their tickets at the last minute, and act that would save their lives.  Several people said they had a bad feeling about being on the Titanic, and many felt that the sheer size of the ship and the claim that it was “unsinkable” were daring fate and would bring bad luck.

 

I am guessing that this is not what they were worried about.

Stop back tommorrow for more interesting Titanic Facts and mark your calendar for Titanic: 100 Years Later at the Fairmount Branch on April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

March 27, 20120 comments