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TITANIC FACTS: EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE RMS TITANIC


FACTS:


Dimensions and Statistics:
• Length - 882 feet 6 inches.
• Beam - 92 feet 6 inches.
• Draft - 34 feet 6 inches.
• Height - 175 feet from keel to stack (the boat deck was 60 feet above the waterline).
• Decks - 9 total, A through G with the boilers below.
• Weight - 46,328 Registered Tons.
• Hull Construction - 1 inch thick plate steel held together with over 3 million steel rivets.
• Power plant - 29 coil stoked boilers, each 3 stories high. The boilers used 3 of the stacks for exhaust, the fourth was used to vent Titanics' numerous kitchens and galleys. The stacks were 22 feet wide and 62 feet high.

• Engines - 2 reciprocating 4 cylinder direct drive inverted steam engines delivering 30,000 HP at 75 RPM for the 2 outside propellers, and 1 low pressure Parsons Turbine delivering 16,000 HP at 165 RPM for the center propeller. The Parsons was powered by excess steam from the other 2 engines. Titanic used 825 tons of coal every day.
• 3 propellers - 2 outside with 3 10' blades (23' diameter swing) and one center with 4 6' blades (16' diameter swing).
• Anchors - 2, each weighing 15 tons.
• Top Speed - 24 knots at 75 RPM.
• Passengers - Fully Loaded: 739 First Class, 674 Second Class, and 1,026 Third Class (Steerage) April 14th: 329 First Class, 285 Second Class, and 710 Third Class (Steerage).
• Crew – 892 / Officers (not including Captain) - 7
• Life boats - 2 Emergency Lifeboats (40 persons), 14 wooden lifeboats (65 persons) and 4 Engelhardt Collapsible (49 persons) - Total capacity 1,186 persons or 35.5% of total ships full compliment.
• Passenger Flotation - 3,560 life belts and 48 ringbouys.
• Cost - $7.5 million (1912 U.S. Dollars, $400 million today).

Safety Features:
• 5 kilowatt Marconi Wireless Radio (just invented 11 years earlier) - transmitting range 500 miles.
• 4 400 watt electric generators producing 16,000 amps at 100 volts.
• 15 watertight bulkheads, each sealed by electric powered doors, also equipped with electric water sensors and controlled by switches on the bridge. In the event electricity failed, the doors could be closed manually by pulling a pin and letting gravity close the door.
• 2 bilge keels amidships, 296 feet long that projected 25 inches from the sides of the hull to help prevent a rolling motion at sea.
• Electric lights and heaters in every room (over 10,000 light bulbs).
• 50 telephone swi tchboard.

Luxuries and Accommodations:
• 28 fully decorated First Class Suites.
• Heated swimming pool.
• 4 electric elevators ( 3 in First Class and 1 in Second Class).
• Indoor squash court on F Deck.
• Indoor toilets.
• 2 libraries.
• 4 restaurants.
• 3 galleys.
• 2 musical ensembles (a quintet for First Class Lounge and a trio for the a-la carte reception room).
• Fully equipped gymnasium.
• 2 barber shops.
• a fully equipped darkroom.
• a fully staffed medical bay with 2 physicians and an operating room.
• Titanic used 14,000 gallons of drinking water each day.

Galley Supplies:
• 57,600 crockery items (pots, pans, baking sheets)
• 29,000 pieces of glassware
• 44,000 pieces of cutlery
• 75,000 lb. fresh meat
• 11,000 lb. fresh fish
• 4,000 lb. salted and dried fish
• 7,500 lb. bacon and ham
• 25,000 lb. poultry
• 40,000 fresh eggs
• 2,500 lb. sausage
• 40 tons potatoes
• 3,500 lb. onions
• 800 bundles fresh asparagus
• 3,500 lb. tomatoes
• 2,500 lb.. green peas
• 7,000 heads lettuce
• 1,000 loaves of bread
• 2,200 lb. ground coffee
• 800 lb. tea
• 10,000 lb. rice and dried beans
• 10,000 lb. sugar
• 250 barrels flour
• 10,000 lb. cereal
• 36,000 apples
• 36,000 oranges
• 16,000 lemons
• 1,000 lb. grapes
• 13,000 grapefruit
• 1,120 lb. jam and marmalade
• 1,500 gallons fresh milk
• 1,200 quarts ice cream
• 600 gallons condensed milk
• 6,000 lb. butter
• 15,000 bottles of ale (beer)
• 1,000 bottles wine
• 850 bottles liquor
• 8,000 complimentary cigars

Survivor Rates:
Passengers Women and
Children Men Total
First Class 94% 31% 60%
Second Class 81% 10% 44%
Third Class 47% 14% 25%
Crew 87% 22% 24%
Total Survivability: 31.6%
Total Possible Survivability: 53.4% (with all lifeboats filled to capacity)

Reference:

By Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter © 1998 from 882 1/2 Amazing Answers To Your Questions About The Titanic, A Scholastic Inc./ Madison Press Book.
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