Since just yesterday (April 14th) was the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, and with the recent re-release of the blockbuster movie 'Titanic' in 3D I thought it would be kind of cool to have a list of some interesting facts about the legendary ocean liner. (Like did you know that two dogs survived the Titanic sinking?  Or that the 4th smoke stack was just added to make the ship more aesthetically pleasing, and for air ventilation? It's true!) Also Evansville's Courier and Press posted a picture of the front page of the Courier and Press 100 years ago when the Titanic sank, I've got that picture for you to see as well!


I don't know what it is, maybe because I grew up with all the hype around the Titanic with the movie coming out in 1997 or maybe disasters like this have always interested me, I'm not really sure, but I love learning about things like the Titanic. Check out some interesting facts about the ship below!


  • Of the 2,223 people aboard the Titanic (Passengers & Crew) only 706 survived (that's 31.6%!)
  • If the lifeboats had been filled to capacity and the proper procedures were in place 53.4% of people aboard the Titanic could have survived
  • of the 1,324 passengers on board, only 492 survived
  • Of the 885 crew members on the Titanic, only 214 survived
  • The Titanic was 882' 9" long
  • To be in first class on the Titanic a ticket was $4,350
  • To be in third class it was only $30 for a ticket
  • There were 2 barber shops, 2 libraries, 1 fully equipped gym, and 1 fully equipped photographic dark room on board.
  • 20% of male passengers on board survived
  • 75% of female passengers on board survived (Talk about chivalry!)
  • 2 dogs survived! (they were lap dogs and taken into the lifeboat with their owners aww!)
  • The Titanic was equipped to hold 64 lifeboats which was more than enough to save everyone on the ship at full capacity which was 3,457 people.
  • There were only 20 lifeboats actually on board the ship
  • It only took the Titanic 15 minutes to reach the ocean floor
  • The water was -2 degrees Celsius which is only 28.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • It was 74 years after the Titanic sank before they re-discovered it on the bottom of the ocean.

So there you have it, some pretty cool facts about the Titanic.   I found these facts at and if you'd like to read more, they've got a TON of cool facts on the site that I didn't even mention.

The front page of the Courier and Press Courtesy of their facebook page

Here's a video shot in 2004 with some stunning footage of the Titanic underwater

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