She was the world’s biggest-ever ship. A luxurious miracle of twentieth-century technology, the Titanic was equipped with the most ingenious safety devices of the time. Yet on a moonlit night in 1912, the “unsinkable” Titanic raced across the glassy Atlantic on her maiden voyage, with only twenty lifeboats for 2,207 passengers …

— Walter Lord, A Night to Remember





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Multi-millionaire passenger John Jacob Astor made an archly humorous quip when the Titanic struck an iceberg.


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Catholic shipyard workers believed the Titanic was doomed because her hull number read NO POPE backwards.


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A shipyard worker was accidentally trapped and entombed within the Titanic‘s hull.


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The Titanic carried a cursed mummy in its hold.

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Harvard requires all students to pass a swim test because a benefactor’s son drowned when the Titanic sank.*


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The Titanic was the first ship to send SOS as a distress call.


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A man sneaked his way onto a Titanic lifeboat by donning a woman’s dress.


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The Titanic was never advertised using the word “unsinkable.”


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The sister ship to the Olympic and Titanic was originally intended to be named the Gigantic.


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The last piece played by the Titanic‘s musicians was “Nearer My God to Thee.”