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16 Facts We Just Learned About The Titanic That Made Us Say 'Really?'

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The sinking of the RMS Titanic is one of the defining tragedies of the 20th century. During the ship's maiden voyage, it collided with an iceberg in the early morning hours of April 14, 1912, and more than 1,500 souls were lost. The event has taken on a near legendary aspect, and has been depicted many times in books, plays, and films.

Despite the preponderance of Titanic trivia, there are still a few weird Titanic facts that remain obscure. Other strange Titanic facts encompass the odd coincidences and smaller tragedies hiding within the grander story. On Reddit, people are posting obscure Titanic facts that they recently learned ("Today I learned..."). These are a few of those stories, as shared by the amateur historians.

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    Loraine Allison Was The Ship's Only First Class Child To Perish

    From Redditor u/Szabo84:

    TIL Loraine Allison was the only child from first class to [perish] on the Titanic. She had remained with her parents on the ship looking for her baby brother who had, unknown to them, already safely left in a lifeboat with his nanny. 

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    Arthur John Priest Is Known As The 'Unsinkable Stoker' For Surviving Five Doomed Ships, Including 'Titanic'

    From Redditor u/Gaeloto:

    TIL about Arthur John Priest (1887 - 1937), who was an English stoker in the 1900s - 1910s. He became famous because he survived at least five shipwrecks (including Titanic) and several other ship collisions. He gained the nickname "The Unsinkable Stoker." He [perished] in mainland in 1937.


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    12 Dogs Were Onboard The 'Titanic' When It Sank

    From Redditor u/Bergdorf0221:

    TIL 12 dogs were on board the Titanic when it sank, three of whom survived.


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    The Last Survivor Of The 'Titanic' Passed In 2009

    From Redditor u/tyler_wayford:

    TIL that the last living survivor of the infamous RMS Titanic incident [passed] just 11 years ago.


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