Lifeboat Drill: This was scheduled to take place on board the Titanic on April 14, 1912 – the day before it hit the iceberg – but for some unknown reason, Captain Smith canceled the drill. It is believed by many that if the drill had taken place, more lives could have been saved.
1898: In this year, 14 years prior to the Titanic tragedy, Morgan Robertson wrote a novel called Futility. This fictitious novel was about the largest ship ever built, Titan, hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on a cold April night. Both the fictitious ship, Titan, and the real ship, Titanic, were similar in design, and their circumstances were remarkably alike. Both ships were labeled “unsinkable.”
18: The number of women on the crew of the Titanic (out of 900). This is said to be rooted in a longstanding superstition that women brought bad luck to ships. Seventeen of these stewardesses made it onto lifeboats and survived the disaster.
No. 13: Thirty minutes after its departure, this lifeboat struck a very small iceberg and sank. Luckily, no passengers were aboard because they didn’t want to get into a lifeboat numbered 13.
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