Titanic Wreck Turns 100 — Learn 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Doomed Vessel [AUDIO, VIDEO]
In 100 years, the nation’s fascination with the Titanic has never waned. Now, as documentaries and specials pervade the airwaves, we have a list of 10 facts you (probably) didn’t know about the R.M.S Titanic.
Over on our soon-to-be news/sports talk station WDOS AM730, Big Chuck and Dan discussed the Titanic.
Ten facts you didn’t know
1. First-class passengers enjoyed a ten-course meal the night the Titanic struck the iceberg. The meal included oysters, poached salmon, sirloin, lamb with mint sauce, chocolate eclairs, and waldorf pudding for dessert. Each meal allegedly came with a different wine pairing as well. So we are to believe those who sank fastest were fat, happy and drunk!
2. The Atlantic Daily Bulletin was Titanic’s own newspaper and contained news items, horse-racing results and stock prices.
3. The Discovery Channel uncovered an on-board Turkish bath, libraries, a squash court and a heated swimming pool.
5. Less than a month after Titanic hit the bottom of the Atlantic, survivor Dorothy Gibson starred in a silent filmed called “Saved from the Titanic.” She even wore the white silk evening dress from the wreck in the movie.
6. Here you get a two-for-one: The Titanic Museum in Massachusetts (yes, it exists) displays a lifejacket, lifeboat flag, luncheon and dinner menus. It also has a square from the first-class stateroom carpet and letters and postcards written on board. Lastly, you can find some first-class china and a bridge bell.
7. According to a British newspaper, the violin belonging to band leader Wallace Hartley was recently discovered. It is currently being tested and authenticated. If true, it is expected to be the most valuable item from the ship. Harley and his band famously played as the ship sank.
8. In a 1912 interview, surviving crew member Harold Bride said the band played the hymn “Autumn” as the ship sank. This is contrary to many other sources saying the band player “Nearer My God to Me.”
9. Home of socialite “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” Margaret Brown, is open for tours. She was one of the most famous Titanic survivors.
10. Millvana Dead was just nine weeks old when the Titanic sank. She was the last living survivor until her death in 2009. Interestingly, “Titanic” movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet agreed to pay for her nursing home expenses for the rest of her life only a month before she died.