At the turn of the 14th to the 15th of April 1912, the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank, killing about 1500 passengers on its maiden voyage. The accident became one of the most famous of all time and permeated the imagination of many people around the world, especially the director. James Cameron, who became fanatical about the case and decided to tell his story through a film about Jack and Rose’s impossible love in the midst of tragedy. In addition to launching Leonardo Dicaprio to stardom, earn a truckload of cash and win no less than 11 world Oscarthe film made Cameron’s fanaticism about the steel giant of White Star Line pique the curiosity of even more people around the world.
In these 110 years of the tragedy, CinePOP has separated 10 curiosities about the Titanic. Check out!
The trip of a lifetime
In the 1910s, with steam engines dominating the market, large ships were the most modern and technological. Traveling on one of these was not only a sign of prestige, but for many it was the trip of a lifetime, so much so that many passengers did not even buy a return ticket. In the photo we see family members Goodwin, who had plans to cross the sea on another ship, but due to engine problems, had to be transferred to the Titanic at the last minute with “third class” tickets. None of them survived.
animals on the ship
Whenever the Titanic is mentioned, the approximately 2,200 passengers who boarded it and the approximately 1,500 dead after the collision and sinking are mentioned. However, a curious number of the accident is that there were some dogs on the boat, of which only three survived. in the film of James Cameronthe elderly Rose (Gloria Stuart) has a Pomeranian. This was a tribute from the director to one of the three little dogs that survived. the passenger Margaret Bechstein Hays smuggled her little dog onto the boat. At the time of the sinking, Hays managed to climb aboard one of the boats and repay her Pomeranian Lulu’s loyalty by carrying the mascot along with her to lifeboat number 7. The doggo stayed alive until 1919.
The other two surviving puppies were the mascot of Elizabeth Rothschild – an unidentified breed dog -, who refused to board boat number 6 if he couldn’t take his pet with him. Boat number 3 also had Henry’s Pekingese and Myra Harper.
In the end, the saddest story involving the mascots was Frou-Frou from Helen Bishop, who was abandoned by her inside the cabin. According to her, the little dog sank its teeth into her dress and made so much effort to go along with it that it even ripped the seam: “The loss of my little dog hurts me a lot. I’ll never forget how he held my clothes. He wanted so badly to accompany me,” Bishop said. Still, she left him there to die.
In addition to the dogs, other animals such as cats, canaries and chickens were present on the ship. Everybody died. Except the lobsters and crabs in the kitchen.
enemy of perfection
One of the reasons the ship hit the iceberg so hard was the speed of the Titanic at the time of the collision. He was sailing at lightning speed into an iceberg zone. This happened because because the White Star Line plundered his crew to get the much-desired Blue Ribbon, which rewarded the vessel that completed the voyage between Europe and North America in the shortest possible time. The company’s idea is for the Titanic to become the model ship for the world. The safest, the most comfortable and the fastest. Unfortunately, it turned out to be none of those.
The iceberg that caused the Titanic’s hull to break has been in the region for over 2,000 years. And, according to studies, the fatal encounter with the Titanic could have been avoided if Captain Edward J. Smith had received the iceberg alert about 30 seconds before what happened. The collision with the ice damaged six to seven front tanks. When the ship was designed, safety measures predicted that she would be able to navigate with up to four damaged watertights. To date, the Titanic incident is the only case of a ship of this size sunk after colliding with an iceberg.
Or problem two boats
One of the most memorable scenes in the film is when the first-class characters ask if they will board the boats along with the “lower-class” passengers. The Titanic was designed to hold up to 64 lifeboats, however, for aesthetic reasons – and even arrogance – the designer Thomas Andrews placed only 20 boats, which were not designed to cover long distances, only to transport passengers to vessels that were close by.
the sinking time
As shown in the film, the Titanic did not sink all at once, it sank little by little. The submersion started at 11:20 pm and ended at 2:20 am on April 15, 1912. A curiosity is that if the scenes set in the “present” are removed, the film Titanic lasts exactly 2h40, the total time of the sinking.
The ship is disintegrating
Inhabiting the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for exactly 110 years, the Titanic began to deteriorate. While part of the ship is in good condition, there are others that have been impacted by the conditions. For example, the sector that used to house the crew’s quarters, including the captain’s cabin, is practically all corroded by the salinity of the water and the bacteria that feed on metals. The researchers have already warned that the ship’s natural disintegration will not stop, and the next sector to be eroded is that of the great halls.
Because of the salinity and natural deterioration of a steel ship that has been underwater for over a century, it is simply impossible to remove the Titanic from the sea floor without completely destroying it. Therefore, he will remain buried forever in the icy grave of the ocean. However, items rescued from the ship, such as silverware, crockery and tickets are often found at auctions for very high prices.
More expensive than the original
The production cost of the film was very high for the time. The amount spent to shoot the footage of Titanic were around US$200 million, while the actual vessel cost US$7.5 million, which is approximately US$150 million in current values. James Cameron justified the expenditure using as many practical effects as possible. He created virtually identical versions of the original ship’s environments. In addition, the director provided various information about the passengers to the extras in the film. That is, they were actually playing real people, with stories and goals, not just acting.
Like every great tragedy of humanity, the sinking of the Titanic also has some conspiracy theories around it. The most famous says that it was not the Titanic that sank, but the Olympic, a “sister” ship to the Titanic. This theory was raised by Robin Gardinerbook author Titanic: The Ship That Never Sink. According to Robin, White Star Line, the company that owns the two vessels, was on the verge of bankruptcy and could not afford the refurbishment costs – not covered by insurance – that the Olympic needed after having suffered a collision that damaged her keel. So, aiming for insurance money on a brand-new ship, the company reportedly made a sloppy repair on the Olympic so that it would sink and the White Star Line would receive a huge sum. Gardiner further claims that the Titanic would have been used by the company for years and years under the name Olympic, even being used in World War I, before being retired in 1935 and dismantled in 1936.
Titanic is available in the catalog Star+.