Welcome everyone to our intriguing and captivating exploration into one of the most famous yet tragic maritime events in history—the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Launched over a century ago, this colossal ocean liner was not just a ship, but a symbol of technological advancement and luxury of the Edwardian era. However, it’s not just the sheer size or luxury that keeps us fascinated with Titanic, but the fateful iceberg collision and the resulting catastrophe that unfolded in the icy waters of the North Atlantic on that ill-fated night of April 15, 1912. As we journey into the heart of this maritime mystery, we’ll uncover fascinating facts, untold stories, and unsolved enigmas about the ship that was thought to be ‘unsinkable’. Brace yourselves for a deep dive into Titanic trivia, where we revisit the grandeur, the courage, the misfortunes, and the lessons etched in the frosty pages of history.
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1. When was the Titanic launched? Reveal Answer May 31, 1911 2. Where was the Titanic built? Reveal Answer Belfast, Northern Ireland 3. What company owned the Titanic? Reveal Answer White Star Line 4. On what date did the Titanic sink? Reveal Answer April 15, 1912 5. How many people were on board the Titanic? Reveal Answer Approximately 2,224 6. How many people survived the sinking of the Titanic? Reveal Answer Approximately 706 7. Who was the captain of the Titanic? Reveal Answer Edward John Smith 8. What was the cause of the Titanic sinking? Reveal Answer It hit an iceberg 9. How many lifeboats were there on the Titanic? Reveal Answer 20 lifeboats 10. What was the name of the ship that rescued the survivors? Reveal Answer The Carpathia 11. Who was the wealthiest passenger on the Titanic? Reveal Answer John Jacob Astor IV 12. Who was the shipbuilder of the Titanic? Reveal Answer Harland and Wolff 13. Where was the Titanic intended to dock on its maiden voyage? Reveal Answer New York City 14. Who discovered the wreckage of the Titanic and in what year? Reveal Answer Robert Ballard in 1985 15. What class was the majority of the survivors from? Reveal Answer First class 16. Who sent the distress signal after the Titanic hit the iceberg? Reveal Answer The wireless radio operators, Jack Phillips and Harold Bride 17. What song is reported to have been played by the band as the Titanic sank? Reveal Answer Nearer, My God, to Thee 18. What is the depth at which the wreckage of the Titanic lies? Reveal Answer About 12,500 feet 19. What was the last port of call for the Titanic before it set off across the Atlantic? Reveal Answer Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland 20. What were the names of the Titanic’s sister ships? Reveal Answer The Britannic and the Olympic 21. What was the title of the book published 14 years before the sinking of the Titanic, eerily predicting the disaster? Reveal Answer The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility by Morgan Robertson 22. Who was the highest-ranking crew member to survive the disaster? Reveal Answer Charles Lightoller, the ship’s second officer 23. Was the Titanic ever photographed with an iceberg that might have caused the sinking? Reveal Answer There is a photograph taken by the chief steward of a nearby ship the day after the Titanic sinking, showing an iceberg with a line of red paint on it, which matches the Titanic’s hull 24. What was the original length of the Titanic? Reveal Answer 882 feet and 9 inches 25. How many funnels did the Titanic have? Reveal Answer Four, but only three were functional. The fourth was for aesthetic balance. 26. Which famous British mystery writer was inspired by the Titanic disaster? Reveal Answer Agatha Christie, who used the tragedy as a backstory in her novel ‘The Secret Adversary’ 27. How many passengers could the Titanic carry at maximum capacity? Reveal Answer 3,547 passengers 28. Which famous American financier and businessman canceled his trip on the Titanic at the last minute? Reveal Answer J.P. Morgan 29. How much did the most expensive first-class suite on the Titanic cost? Reveal Answer Around $4,350, equivalent to more than $100,000 in today’s money 30. Why didn’t the nearby ship ‘Californian’ come to the Titanic’s rescue? Reveal Answer Its radio operator was off-duty and asleep when the distress calls were sent 31. What were the three types of SOS signals sent by the Titanic? Reveal Answer CQD, SOS, and rockets fired from the ship 32. What type of wood was used for the grand staircase in the Titanic? Reveal Answer Oak 33. What was the top speed of the Titanic? Reveal Answer 24 knots (about 27.6 miles per hour) 34. How many engines did the Titanic have? Reveal Answer Three 35. How many boilers did the Titanic have? Reveal Answer 29 boilers 36. What was the weight of the anchor of the Titanic? Reveal Answer 15.5 tons 37. How long did it take for the Titanic to sink after hitting the iceberg? Reveal Answer 2 hours and 40 minutes 38. Which Act was passed as a result of the Titanic disaster to regulate maritime safety? Reveal Answer The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), in 1914 39. Who were the ship’s designers? Reveal Answer Thomas Andrews and Alexander Carlisle 40. Who was the youngest passenger to survive the Titanic disaster? Reveal Answer Millvina Dean, who was only two months old 41. How many dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic? Reveal Answer Three dogs 42. What happened to Captain Edward Smith during the sinking of the Titanic? Reveal Answer He went down with the ship, his body was never recovered 43. Where is the Titanic Memorial located? Reveal Answer Washington D.C., USA 44. What famous novella was published in 1898 that uncannily predicts the Titanic disaster? Reveal Answer ‘Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan’ by Morgan Robertson 45. Which famous silent film actress survived the Titanic disaster? Reveal Answer Dorothy Gibson 46. Why was the Titanic considered ‘unsinkable’? Reveal Answer Because of its system of watertight compartments, which were believed to make the ship impervious to damage 47. Which city was home to most of the Titanic’s crew members? Reveal Answer Southampton, England 48. What was the date of the first voyage of the Titanic? Reveal Answer April 10, 1912 49. What type of system was used to launch the lifeboats on the Titanic? Reveal Answer A pulley system known as a davit 50. How much coal was burned daily by the Titanic? Reveal Answer Approximately 600 tonnes 51. Which company manufactured the lifeboats for the Titanic? Reveal Answer The Welin Davit & Boat Company 52. Who was the oldest passenger on the Titanic? Reveal Answer Captain Edward Gifford Crosby, age 70 53. How many crew members were women? Reveal Answer 23 women 54. How many different types of rooms were available in the first class? Reveal Answer Four types: Single rooms, double rooms, suites, and parlour suites 55. How many kitchens were there on the Titanic? Reveal Answer Six kitchens 56. Which passenger famously dressed as a woman to secure a place on a lifeboat? Reveal Answer No one, it’s a popular myth that no credible sources support 57. What was the average temperature of the water the night the Titanic sank? Reveal Answer 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-2 degrees Celsius), below freezing 58. Who was the last living survivor of the Titanic? Reveal Answer Millvina Dean, who died in 2009 59. What were the total number of decks on the Titanic? Reveal Answer Nine decks 60. What were the dimensions of the largest lifeboats on the Titanic? Reveal Answer 30 feet long by 9 feet wide 61. How many families with the name ‘Goldsmith’ were aboard the Titanic? Reveal Answer Two families 62. What was the name of the postal clerk on the Titanic? Reveal Answer Oscar Woody 63. What is the title of the 1997 film about the Titanic directed by James Cameron? Reveal Answer Titanic 64. What was the cost to build the Titanic? Reveal Answer 7.5 million dollars (equivalent to about 200 million dollars today) 65. What color was the Titanic originally? Reveal Answer Black and white 66. What were the three main materials used to build the Titanic? Reveal Answer Steel, iron, and rivets 67. How many smokestacks did the Titanic have, and how many were functional? Reveal Answer The Titanic had four smokestacks, but only three were functional. The fourth was for aesthetics. 68. What was the name of the wireless telegraph system used on the Titanic? Reveal Answer The Marconi Wireless Telegraph System 69. Which notable US businessman died on the Titanic? Reveal Answer John Jacob Astor IV 70. What were the last words of Thomas Andrews, the ship’s builder, according to survivor reports? Reveal Answer He was last seen in the first-class smoking room, staring at a painting, ‘Plymouth Harbour’. His last words were not recorded. 71. What was the name of the novel written by a survivor of the Titanic? Reveal Answer ‘A Survivor’s Tale’ by Lawrence Beesley 72. How long did it take to construct the Titanic? Reveal Answer About 26 months 73. What was the name of the Titanic’s sister ship that also sunk? Reveal Answer Britannic 74. What material was used to insulate the Titanic? Reveal Answer Horsehair 75. Which famous American journalist and suffragette was supposed to be on the Titanic but cancelled her trip? Reveal Answer Nellie Bly 76. How many children from first and second class perished in the disaster? Reveal Answer Only one 77. Who was the captain of the Carpathia? Reveal Answer Captain Arthur Henry Rostron 78. What was the capacity of the lifeboats on the Titanic? Reveal Answer Approximately 1,178 people 79. What was the total possible capacity of passengers and crew on the Titanic? Reveal Answer 3,547 80. What type of iceberg did the Titanic hit? Reveal Answer It’s believed to have been a ‘blue iceberg’ 81. Which of the Titanic’s sister ships served in World War I? Reveal Answer Both the Britannic and the Olympic 82. What was the life expectancy of an average man the year the Titanic sank? Reveal Answer Approximately 51 years 83. Who was the owner of the company that built the Titanic? Reveal Answer J.P. Morgan 84. How many rooms were in the Titanic? Reveal Answer Approximately 840 rooms 85. What was the name of the Titanic’s sister ship that didn’t sink? Reveal Answer Olympic 86. What year was the wreck of the Titanic discovered? Reveal Answer 1985 87. Who discovered the wreck of the Titanic? Reveal Answer Dr. Robert Ballard 88. What was the initial purpose of the Titanic’s maiden voyage? Reveal Answer It was a transatlantic crossing from the UK to the US 89. What was the total weight of the Titanic? Reveal Answer Approximately 52,310 tons 90. What were the primary jobs of the crew members on the Titanic? Reveal Answer Sailors, stokers, purser, officers, stewards, cooks, operators, and various others for operation and passenger service