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Titanic Fact #1: The Prosthetic Smokestack

Titanic Fact #1: The Prosthetic Smokestack

March 26, 2012 8:00 am3 comments

To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the Davenport Public Library Fairmount Branch will be hosting “The Titanic: 100 Years Later” on Thursday, April 12th at 6:30 p.m.  Former museum Research Specialist, Liza Gilbert, will discuss the famous and not-so-famous individuals on the ship, the luxuries on board, and the list of mistakes that led to the horrific disaster. In anticipation of this entertaining FREE event, we will be posting Titanic Facts daily.


Titanic Fact #1:

Titanic had 4 smokestacks, but the fourth one in the rear was a fake.  It served absolutely no purpose on the ship, but the designers felt that 4 smokestacks gave the ship “better lines” than 3 smokestacks would have.

Stop back tomorrow for more interesting Titanic Facts.


  • Justin

    What I have found was the fourth stack was for ventalation. This is what my book said- “Titanic’s fourth funnel was indeed a ‘dummy’, built to satisfy the balance and beauty of good liner design. But although it carried no smoke or fumes from the ship’s boilers, it wasn’t completely idle, as it provided ventilation for the turbine engine room, together with the reciprocating engine room” think about this and give me your thoughts.

  • Holly

    It does makes more sense that it would serve some function rather than being merely aesthetic. Thanks for the information, Justin!

  • Wyatt

    Well, they said in Gordan Cormans book that it was indeed for ventilation!

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