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Titanic Fact #14: Grease it up

Titanic Fact #14: Grease it up

Titanic under construction

Just the hull of the Titanic weighed so much when it was being built that it took 22 tons of tallow, soap, and train oil to grease it up enough to get it out of dry dock.

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.

April 8, 20120 comments
Titanic Fact #13: Buried at Sea

Titanic Fact #13: Buried at Sea

Sonar image of Titanic wreckage

Much of the Titanic is not only underneath 2 miles of water, but is also buried in the seabed itself. When Titanic foundered and sank to the bottom of the north Atlantic, it plowed into the seabed at almost 35 miles per hour. The collision generated an undersea crater similar in shape to what a meteor would create when slamming into a planet.

Check out the Mystic Aquarium’s website for information on Titanic — 12,450 Feet Below. The interactive exhibit has recreations of the Titanic’s wreckage and a hands-on engine room for kids to explore. It looks pretty amazing, but I’m not sure I can justify the 18 1/2 hour trip to Connecticut to visit it.

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.

April 7, 20120 comments
Titanic Fact #12: Brrrr

Titanic Fact #12: Brrrr

Hypothermia was a leading cause of death among those who survived the sinking. Hypothermia can turn deadly when the body’s core temperature dips below 90 degrees Fahrenheit. At 86 degrees, cardiac arrest can occur. Those who landed in the water and survived the sinking had only 15-30 minutes before hypothermia became deadly.

Which leads me to this:

Yes, this is an inflatible Titanic waterslide.

Nothing says “fun kid’s birthday party” or “happy family reunion” like the images of roughly 1,500 people drowning or freezing to death.

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.

April 6, 20121 comment
April eConnections – Davenport Public Library’s Electronic Newsletter

April eConnections – Davenport Public Library’s Electronic Newsletter

April 4, 20120 comments
Titanic Fact #10: S.O.S….Anybody?

Titanic Fact #10: S.O.S….Anybody?

Titanic's Marconi Room

A huge reason aid didn’t come to the sinking Titanic in time was the ongoing change in technology. The Titanic was outfitted with Marconi wireless equipment with staff to send messages (mostly social messages) in Morse code to those on land. However, other ships in the area were still signaling with lamps or had staff who didn’t know Morse code. In one instance, the only person who knew Morse code had gone to bed for the night by the time Titanic called for help.

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.