Titanic Sank 100 Years Ago Today [Photos]
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. I’m sure you recall hearing about how it hit an iceberg and the ship that was unsinkable sank within a few hours. But here are a few things you may not know about the luxury ship, which sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton England to the United States.
1) On the evening of April 14, the first-class passengers on the Titanic enjoyed a ten-course meal that included oysters, poached salmon, sirloin of beef, lamb with mint sauce, chocolate éclairs and waldorf pudding. A different wine was served with each course, and coffee and cigars accompanied by port and distilled spirits were available with the last course.
2) The massive ship had some unheard of amenities. A Discovery Channel article details perks such as an onboard Turkish bath, libraries, a squash court and a heated swimming pool. The luxury liner even had an infirmary with an operating room.
3) While the Titanic boasted some of the wealthiest people in the world on board, two famous men of that era didn’t make the trip. According to Discovery.com, financier J. P. Morgan and famed chocolatier Milton S. Hershey had planned to sail aboard the ship’s maiden voyage but canceled at the last minute.
4) Many artifacts from the Titanic were salvaged. The Titanic Museum in Massachusetts houses The Titanic Historical Society’s collection, which includes a lifejacket, lifeboat flag, luncheon and dinner menus, a square of first-class stateroom carpet, letters and postcards written on board, first class china and a bridge bell.
5) Many sources have pegged the band’s final song as “Nearer My God To Me.” But in a 1912 interview with The New York Times, surviving crew member Harold Bride said the band played the hymn “Autumn” as the ship went down.
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