These Surprising Facts About The Titanic Will Keep You Up At Night

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When talking about the Titanic, we usually would refer to the high-grossing movie that hit the screens two decades ago. In fact, to celebrate the film's 20th anniversary, it will return to the theaters in December for a one-week run.

But we all know that the Titanic was more than just Jack and Rose. As of today, it remains as one of the worst disasters in maritime history. And although we are all familiar with the tragedy, there are many interesting facts, haunting even, about the luxury liner that most people don't know.

Here are a few little-known trivia tidbits about the RMS Titanic, proving that the "unsinkable" ship is still fascinating as ever!

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It Took Almost Three Hours For The Boat To Sink

After RMS Titanic hit the massive iceberg, it took only two hours and forty minutes for it to be completely submerged under the water despite the ship's size.

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It Could Have Avoided The Crash If It Wasn't For One Mistake

The iceberg the ship ultimately hit was already spotted one minute before the collision, but First Officer William McMaster Murdoch hesitated for a bit and waited 30 seconds to order the ship to turn. Experts believe that if it weren't for this fatal delay, Titanic might have avoided the crash altogether.

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A LifeBoat Drill Was Scheduled The Same Day It Sank

A lifeboat drill was scheduled to take place on the very day the Titanic sank, but was canceled by the captain for unknown reasons.

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A Full Moon May Have Caused The Disaster

The Titanic sank on a moonless night, but the iceberg that hit the ship may have been caused in part by a full moon that occurred a few months earlier, scientists say

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Titanic Received Six Early Warnings About The Iceberg

The luxury liner received six ice warnings during the voyage, but all of them fell on deaf ears.

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Musicians Really Did Continue To Play As Titanic Sank

Remember the musicians on the film who still chose to play their instruments to calm the panicking passengers? They existed in real life, and they really did continue playing despite the to calm everyone. Unfortunately, all eight perished, and only three of their bodies were ever found.

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An American Author May Have Predicted The Sinking

In 1898, an American author named Morgan Robertson penned The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility, a novel about a massive ship called the Titan which hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sinks. Coincidentally, the Titan also doesn't have enough lifeboats to save the majority of the passengers.

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A Newspaper That Reported The Sinking First Said There Were No Casualties

The Daily Mail, one of the first publications to cover the news of the tragedy, told the nation: 'She sank at 2.20 in the afternoon (7.20 in the afternoon). No lives were lost.' It wasn't long before they realized that they made an ominous error.

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Most Of The Bodies Were Never Found

1514 people died in the sinking, but only 306 bodies were found. The dead were taken to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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It Took Seven Decades For The Wreckage To Be Discovered

Even though everyone knew the Titanic sunk and had an idea where it happened, the wreckage wasn't discovered until 1985, 73 years after the incident.

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NICOLE CORD-CRUZ

Nicole is a project manager and occasional freelance writer making her way through her twenties. She's a firm believer in the Oxford comma and has a great affinity for milk tea. Looking into trying your first boba cup? Ask her for a recommendation. Currently based in Los Angeles, California, you can find her either aggressively pinning or planning her itinerary for her next trip.

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