10 real life facts about Titanic you would never find in the movie.
The story of Titanic was written by Morgan Robertson in 1898 (14 years before the Titanic sank), It was titled The Wreck of the Titan. The story described a ship as being unsinkable, hence had few lifeboat for everyone on board.
Robert Ballard who discovered the Titanic wreckage in 1985 was originally hired by the U.S. government for a top-secret mission to use an underwater robot he’d invented to find two nuclear submarines that sank in the 1960s.
Survivors claim that the ship wreck was in two halves had been unanimously dismissed as insane. This claim, however was confirmed true after Robert Ballards discovery in 1985. Real-life facts about Titanic
There were a lot of rich and famous people who almost boarded the ship, but cancelled for personal but lucky reasons. For example, Guglielmo Marconi — the inventor of the telegraph — had been offered free passage on the Titanic but instead boarded the Lusitania (a ship that also sank, though not during Marconi’s voyage); and the American novelist Theodore Dreiser also planned to board the Titanic but was talked out of his plan by an English publisher who advised him to take a cheaper boat.
The youngest Titanic survivor was named Eliza Gladys “Millvina” Dean. She was 2 months old when she and her family boarded the ship. She, her mother and brother were placed on lifeboat 10 and were some of the first third-class passengers to escape. However, her father perished in the ship. She later died at the age of 97 in 2009, cremated, and her ashes were scattered from the Southampton docks from which the Titanic had set sail.
The actual picture of the Iceberg the Ship collided with. It was found by another ship the morning after the Titanic It had a large swatch of red paint scraped onto it showing where the Titanic had struck.
The picture of the actual violin played on board the Titanic was recovered from the sea. The violin played by Wallace Hartley was thought to have been lost in the sinking, but in 2006, a woman found it in her attic. After seven years of testing, researchers determined that it was, in fact, the actual violin upon which Hartley famously played “Nearer, My God, to Thee” as the Titanic
Here is the original version of “Nearer, My God, to Thee, (Propior Deo)” played in the Ship.
There are actually several versions of the hymn “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” each sung to a different tune. Wallace Hartley’s family insists he most likely instructed the band to play the “Propior Deo” version of the song linked above, as his father — who was a Methodist choirmaster — used that version at church.
The first Titanic film screened only 29 days after the ship sunk. It was called Saved from the Titanic and its leading lady — Dorothy Gibson — was an actual Titanic To add to the film’s authenticity, Gibson wore the same clothing she had been wearing when the Titanic sunk. She reportedly suffered a mental breakdown while filming.
Artie Moore heard the Titanic’s distress calls from 3,000 miles away. Moore was a Welsh wireless radio operator who, with his home-made radio equipment, picked up the Titanic‘s distress signals. He relayed the messages to the locals, none of whom believed him. Two days later, news of the Titanic‘s sinking made it to Wales and Moore was vindicated. Marconi (the inventor of the telegraph) heard of Moore’s actions and offered him a job on the spot.