Did You Know?
There are many myths and legends that surround the mystery that is Titanic. This section aims to answer and dispel some of the common inaccuracies about Titanic.
The fourth funnel on Titanic was non-functional Designers thought a fourth made the ship look more balanced and attractive. The funnel only provided ventilation for the engine room and the huge coal stoves in the main kitchen.
Upon exploring the wreck site certain long - held beliefs were disproved or confirmed:
1. There was no 300 - foot long gash in the hull.
2. The calculated position for where the Ship went down was incorrect. It was nearly 13 miles away.
3. The Ship had indeed broken half despite the discrepancies between many of the passengers' testimonies.
The room number "thirteen" was not used on the Ship.
Titanic was carrying dragon's blood- Brown Brothers and Company shipped 76 cases of dragon's blood to the United States on Titanic. Dragon's blood is the sap from a type of palm tree found in the Canary Islands. It was used to color wood varnish and women's makeup.
One of the most exotic objects in Titanic's cargo was "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" a book of ancient sayings. The copy was adorned with 1,050 precious stones set in gold.
Journalist William T. Stead was on board and had written articles predicting a great maritime disaster if ships went to sea without enough lifeboats. When he realized he was not going to get on a lifeboat, he went to the smoking room where he sat down in a leather chair to read a book.
Two month, old Millvina Dean was the youngest passenger onboard and also the oldest survivor of Titanic. She passed away on May 31, 2009 at the age of 97.