The sinking of the Titanic has gone down in history as one of the greatest follies of all time: the “unsinkable” ship was swallowed whole by the vast Atlantic ocean on its maiden voyage. With interest being revitalized in the ship with the release of James Cameron’s Titanic 3D, it’s time to take a look back on the specifics about one of the most famous ships to ever sail the seven seas.
The ill-fated Ocean Liner took three years to build, by 3,000 workers, for a price tag of $7.5 million – equal to $167 million today — and burned more than 650 tons of coal each day it sailed. While not very environmentally friendly by today’s standards, the ship was a modern marvel in 1912. The night of its sinking, the ship was traveling at a speed of 22.5 knots when it impacted the iceberg — just .5 knots below its top speed and even though there had been 6 iceberg warnings received that day. With the water temperature around the Titanic a frigid 36 degrees Fahrenheit, the average life expectancy of those who fell in the water was 15 minutes.
The tragedy of the Titanic will never be forgotten, and the lives of those lost will always be remembered; whether you’re watching a 3D remake of James Cameron’s now classic film, or a show exploring the debris left behind.
Click here or the graphic below for a full-sized view: