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 there's plenty of information the movie missed - or got wrong entirely. 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, some of which will totally blow your mind. A fortune teller predicted the wreck weeks earlier, for example. Newspapers originally reported that no one had died. There was a Hollywood star onboard who filmed a movie about the tragedy only 10 days after surviving it, still wearing the same dress she in which she was rescued. The list goes on and on, so check out our fun facts about the Titanic below.
On The Morning Of The Accident, A Lifeboat Drill Was Canceled
The lifeboat situation was pretty dire when the Titanic went sank. Some boats left early, with room for more passengers onboard, due to extreme panic and confusion. This could have been avoided if the scheduled lifeboat drill for that morning had not been canceled. It's not clear why the drill was canceled, but it's safe to assume the crew did not suspect there would be any danger in the near future.
A Handwritten Letter From The Day Of The Accident Still Exists
After over 100 years, the last surviving handwritten letter composed on Titanic letterhead resurfaced for an auction. Esther Hart and her daughter, Eva, wrote a letter to Esther's mother about the wonderful journey they were taking together on the Titanic. Although her husband was tragically killed that day, Esther and Eva survived. They kept the letter in the family for decades, until it went up for auction in England and sold for around $200,000 in 2014.
All Of The Third-Class Passengers Shared Two Bathtubs
The third-class accommodations on the ship were veritably barbaric. While the third-class bunk beds included mattresses, blankets, and, pillows, they lacked sheets and pillowcases. And only two bathtubs served all 700+ third-class passengers. Can you imagine waiting your turn to take a bath at the end of a 450-person line?
Three Dogs Made It Onto The Lifeboats
Although nine dogs passed away aboard the Titanic, three lucky pups somehow made it onto a lifeboat - two Pomeranians and one Pekinese. One of the dogs that survived belonged to Harper & Row publishing heir Henry Harper. When asked why he saved his dog over other people, he replied, "There seemed to be lots of room, and nobody made any objection."