When the Titanic first hit the iceberg, large chunks of ice went flying to the forward deck as carefree passengers tossed the ice around in a spontaneous game of ice football. They were, for the moment, oblivious to the impending disaster.
Here Are 10 Facts About Titanic Hidden From the World
- The RMS Titanic was the world’s largest passenger ship when it entered service, measuring 269 metres (882 feet) in length, and the largest man-made moving object on Earth. The largest passenger vessel is now Harmony of the Seas, at 362.12 metres.
2. It didn’t come cheap.
The ship cost $7.5 million to build. Fun Fact: James Cameron’s 1997 movie about the disaster had a production budget of $200 million.
3. It took approx. 3,000 men nearly three years to build the Titanic. Three million rivets held its massive hull together.
4. A full moon may have caused the fatal iceberg to cross paths with the ship
Scientists arrived at a new theory that the full moon months before could be to blame for the Titanic’s collision with the iceberg, which killed about 1,500 people. Quoting astronomer Donald Olson of Texas State University-San Marcos, National Geographic’s Richard A. Lovett wrote, “That full moon, on January 4, 1912, may have created unusually strong tides that sent a flotilla of icebergs southward-just in time for Titanic’s maiden voyage.” This wasn’t a normal full moon, though: “It was the closest lunar approach, in fact, since A.D. 796, and Earth won’t see its like again until 2257,” wrote Lovett.