There were many positive developments that came out of the sinking of the Titanic, one of these was the establishment of the International Ice Patrol. With the backing of sixteen countries, the patrol locates, predicts the drift and issues warnings to shipping about icebergs. They locate around 1,000 icebergs a year.
Real palm trees were taken onboard Titanic to grace the Veranda Café.
Titanic had the first heated swimming pool ever built into a ship.
The huge rudder weighed 101 tons which was formed from six separate parts.
Titanic was the first ship to install the Marconi rotary spark discharger. This system gave her twice the range of her sister ship the Olympic. Marconi had developed earlier work at Ballycastle, County Antrim in 1898, Lloyds had funded the trails and one of the first systems was installed at Torr Head.
Each link in the anchor chain weighed 79 kilograms or 175 lbs.
Three dogs were among the survivors, another seven lost their lives. Two small dogs, a pomerainan and a pekinese were saved with their owners and the other, a Newfoundland called Rigel belonged to the ship's First Officer William Murdoch who went down with the ship. Rigel's bark is reputed to have alerted the captain of the Carpathia to the whereabouts of a lifeboat he was swimming in front of. Rigel had been in the water for three hours looking for his master.
A novel called Futility (Sinking of the Titan) written in 1898 by Morgan Robertson has lots of similarities to the Titanic, considering it was written fourteen years before the Titanic was launched is even more intriguing. Similarities between Titanic and Titan include: The Titanic was the world's largest luxury liner at 882 feet long and 53,000 tons displacement, it was also described as being 'practically unsinkable'. The Titan was the largest ship ever built and was 800 feet, displacing 75,000 tons), it was also considered "unsinkable".
The Titanic carried 16 lifeboats and four folding lifeboats, less than half the number required for her maximum capaicity of 3,000. The Titan carried 24 lifeboats, less than half needed for her 3000 capacity.
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