50 Surprising Facts about the RMS Titanic

On April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic sank, taking over 1,500 people to a watery grave. Here are some shocking facts about that fateful date.

Not Enough Lifeboats

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Scene from Roy Ward Baker’s 1958 film ‘A Night To Remember’, based on the sinking of the Titanic on 14th April 1912. Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

One of the most interesting facts about the Titanic is that, even if there had been enough time and organization to try and save every passenger, the vessel simply wasn’t equipped with enough lifeboats to carry them all. There was space aboard the Titanic for over 60 boats, but only 20 were fitted. Why? Well, the designers thought that many lifeboats would ruin the aesthetic of the deck.

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