Spend enough time at the museum and you’ll pick up a few Titanic curiosities:
• 246 injuries and two deaths were recorded during her 26-month construction
• She burned through 600 tonnes of coal a day – serviced by 176 stokers
• She had her own on-board newspaper – the Atlantic Daily Bulletin
• Everyone knows she didn’t have enough lifeboats. Her 20 lifeboats could accommodate 1,178 people, about a third of the ship’s complement. But the original design specified 48 lifeboats. The rest were sacrificed to keep the decks looking uncluttered
• With a net worth of around $85m (about $2billion today), John Jacob Astor IV was the wealthiest passenger. He didn’t survive
• James Cameron’s 1997 film Titanic won 11 Oscars and has grossed more than $2billion
• The last remaining survivor, Millvina Dean, died in 2009 aged 97. She was two months old when the ship sank
• The ship’s fourth (aft) funnel was fake,
erected for purely symmetry and aesthetics
• The most expensive ticket cost £870 – about £71,778 in today’s money. A second-class ticket was £13 (£1,123 today) while third-class passengers paid between £7 (£605) and £9 (£777).
LEFT Titanic and Olympic were built simultaneously – and serviced by the world’s largest gantry.CENTRE Part of the experience is viewing underwater footage of the wreck.BELOW Splendid recreations of the opulent first-class accommodation.