“It was sad when that great ship went down --
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And children lost their lives.
It was sad when that great ship went down.”
This April marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, legendary among maritime disasters. There have been other shipwrecks with great loss of life, but the Titanic catastrophe continues to mesmerize the public a century after the headlines carried the news Titanic Sunk to an unbelieving and horrified world.
Many people know the basic facts about the event: the collision with an iceberg, the inadequate number of lifeboats, and the rescue of the survivors by the Carpathia. But here are some lesser-known facts about the Titanic and its doomed maiden voyage.
The Titanic had its own newspaper: The Atlantic Daily Bulletin.
There were two dogs among the survivors of the sinking.
The company that built the Titanic, Harland and Wolff, is still in business.
One urban legend claims the sinking was the result of a mummy’s curse.
There are now no survivors of the sinking left. The last survivor, Milvina Dean, died recently at the age of 97.
Some Titanic aficionados will mark the occasion by joining one of the 100th anniversary cruises. Others are hosting dinners that feature dishes from the ship’s menus. But whatever the observance, there is little doubt that the story of the great ship’s final night will continue to exert its fascination for another hundred years.
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10 Facts About the Titanic:
Harland and Wolff:
No mummy on the Titanic:
Last Titanic survivor:
100th Anniversary Cruises: