Titanic Facts: Interesting Facts About the Titanic

Titanic Fun Facts

John Jacob Astor IV was the wealthiest passenger aboard. He was an American businessman, investor and real estate builder born in Rhinebeck, New York. He was worth an estimate $85 million at the time of his death, making him among the richest people in the world at the time.

The temperature of the ocean water around the sinking ship was minus 2 degrees Celsius or 28 degrees Fahrenheit.

The White Star Line’s Titanic and her sister ship Olympic were designed to compete with the famous Cunard liners Lusitania and Mauretania.

Titanic’s top speed was 23 knots i.e. more than 26 miles per hour.

While every first class passenger had a private bathtub, only two bathtubs were available for 700 third class passengers – one for men, one for women.

The New York Times devoted 75 pages to coverage of the Titanic in the first week after sinking.

The London Daily Mail reported “Titanic Sunk, No Lives Lost,” in its initial April 16, 1912, story.

Ticket fare: First class – $4,350, second class – $1,750 and Third class – $30.

62% of first class survived, 41% of second class and 25% of third class.

On April 14, 2012, Titanic has become a Unesco underwater heritage site.