In the early morning of April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank into the North Atlantic Ocean. Just four days into the ship's journey, this massive ocean liner collided with an iceberg, which lead to the loss of most patrons and crew members on board a few hours later. Poor lifeboat management, combined with the lack of a nearby ship, led to one of the biggest disasters of all time, and the wreckage of the ship still exists on the bottom of the ocean floor today.
Most people's knowledge of the Titanic comes from the Leonardo DiCaprio/Kate Winslet film, but the film generated many myths about the Titanic because the movie missed plenty of information and got other things wrong. For instance, did you know the Titanic was the first ship to feature a heated swimming pool onboard?
This list includes some lesser-known fun facts about the Titanic. For instance, newspapers originally reported that there were no casualties. The list goes on and on, so check out our fun facts about the Titanic below.
The 'Titanic' Had Its Own Daily Newspaper
The Titanic featured its own newspaper, called the Atlantic Daily Bulletin. The paper was printed each day onboard the Titanic. It included news and society gossip, horse racing results, and stock prices.
There Was A Closer Rescue Ship
Although the Carpathia eventually came to the Titanic's rescue, there was a closer ship that would have been more ideal for a rescue mission. The Californian and her Captain, Stanley Lord, were stuck in an ice field themselves, and tried warning other ships. Allegedly, the Titanic told them to "shut up." Officers on the Californian eventually saw the flare signals from the Titanic, but dismissed them as friendly signals between ships in the same company.
The Boat Delivered Mail
Though the RMS Titanic was, by designation, a "Royal Merchant Ship," it also carried carried mail under the auspices of His Majesty's postal authorities. It is said the ship was carrying 3,500 bags of mail, and over 7 million pieces of mail were lost when it sank.
Only Around 340 Bodies Were Located
Experts are divided about whether there are still human remains aboard the wreckage of the Titanic at the bottom of the ocean. Searchers have only recovered 340 bodies since the Titanic sank, leaving 1,160 still lost at sea.