28 figures about the TITANIC and why you should come to Ireland for more
Posted by Ola Kosakowska on the 5th of November 2015 at 10:19:52
Ok, I realize you all know everything there is to know about Titanic ever since you cried in front of your screen when the young and handsome Jack Dawson (Leonardo Dicaprio) sank in the ocean with 1500 other passengers.
But still, Titanic Belfast is the world's largest Titanic visitor experience and a "must see" visit in any tour of Belfast and Northern Ireland. It is located in Titanic Quarter, right beside the historic site of this world famous ship's construction.Indeed, the Titanic was built at the Harland and Wolff Shipyards in Belfast in Northern Ireland.Housed in an iconic 6-floor building, experience tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end.
More infos here
In Belfast you can also check out TheTitanicMemorial. It was funded by contributions from the public, shipyard workers and victims' families, and was dedicated in June 1920.
Or the Titanic Memorial Garden, opened on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking on 15 April 1912.
The Titanic Memorial in Cobh
So we kind of have to talk about Titanic (sorry folks). Also, because I always found this tragic episode fascinating and when I was looking it up again I realized I had forgotten about a lot of details… So in case it is also the case for you, I give you 28 figures to remember in case you forgot (I know, my punchline rocks), to make you visit these places and more
1. It was 882 feet long
2. It had a gross tonnage of 45,000 ton. It was the worlds biggest boat.
3. Titanictook about 26 months to build (the contruction started in 1909 and ended in 1911).
4. 15,000men worked at Harland and Wolff at the time and helped build the Titanic.
5. 6.The work of constructing the ships was difficult and dangerous: a lot of the work was carried out without any safety equipment like hard hats or hand guards on machinery. DuringTitanic's construction, 28 really severe injuries were recorded, such as arms severed by machines or legs crushed under falling pieces of steel. 9 people died.
7. Titanichad around 885 crew members on board for her maiden voyage. Like other vessels of her time, she did not have a permanent crew, and the vast majority of crew members were casual workers who only came aboard the ship a few hours before she sailed from Southampton.
8. Of these, just 23 of the crew were female, mainly stewardesses
9. 10. Crew payvaried greatly, from Captain Smith's £105 a month (equivalent to £9,285 today) to the £3 10s(£309 today) that stewardesses earned.
10. 11. 12. 13. Titanic's passengers numbered around 1,317people: 324 in First Class, 284 in Second Class, and 709 in Third Class.
14. Of these passengers, 66% were male.
15. 16. 17. 18. There were 107 children aboard, 95% were in Third Class (and 53 children died, 52among them in Third class)
19. The ship was considerably under capacity on her maiden voyage, as she could accommodate 2,566 passengers. A national coal strike in the UK had caused considerable disruption to shipping schedules in the spring of 1912, causing many crossings to be cancelled. Many would-be passengers chose to postpone their travel plans until the strike was over.
20. 21. 22. Titaniconly had 16 lifeboats, enough to carry about half of those on board; if the ship had carried her full complement, only about a third could have been accommodated in the lifeboats. On the evening of the 14th of April, when the boat was beginning to sink, the officers did not know how many they could safely put aboard the lifeboats and launched many of them barely half-full.
23. All remaining passengers and crew were immersed into lethally cold water with a temperature of 28°F (?2°C).
22. Almost all of those in the water died of cardiac arrest or other causes within 15–30 minutes.
24. 25. Only 13 of them were helped into the lifeboats though these had room for almost 500 more people.
25. About 710people survived the disaster.
26. 27. 28. 65%of First Class Passengers survived, only 25% of Third Class passengers, and 25% of the crew, did.
Now…. Want to come to Ireland to learn even more?