A scale model of the Titanic is on display at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. (From Fine Art Models)

Did You Know …

Sometimes you can smell an iceberg before you see it. As the ice melts, minerals give off an odor. It’s hard to tell the size of an iceberg because 90 percent of it is underwater.

Did You Know …

The cargo on the ship included 12 cases of ostrich feathers and 76 cases of dragon’s blood (the name given to tree sap that is used, among other things, to stain violins).

Did You Know …

When the iceberg
scraped the side of the
Titanic, some ice chunks
landed on the forward deck. Passengers playfully began
tossing them at each other,
and a game of ice
football broke out.

About the Titanic

Size: The Titanic was almost three football fields long and one football field wide. From the bottom (or hull) to the top of its smokestacks, it was 175 feet tall, about as tall as a 17-story building.

People onboard: There were about 2,200 people onboard when the ship set sail. But the Titanic could carry 3,547.

The Titanic set off for its week-long voyage with the following to feed the passengers and crew:

pounds of meat



loaves of bread

Passengers and crew used 14,000 gallons of water a day.

The ocean water’s temperature the night the Titanic sank was 28 degrees.

The Titanic was discovered 21 / 2 miles underwater and more than 13 miles from where it was last seen.

Lifeboats: Originally the Titanic was supposed to have 64 lifeboats. But only 20 were put on the ship so that first-class passengers could have more room to walk around the deck.

The fateful voyage in 1912

April 10: Leaves Southampton, England, to pick up passengers and mail in Cherbourg, France.

April 11: Arrives in Queenstown (now known as Cobh), Ireland, before noon. Some passengers get on; others get off. In the afternoon, sets sail for New York.

April 12: First iceberg warning received. Warnings continue for next three days.

April 14: Strikes iceberg at 11:40 p.m. and begins taking on water.

April 15: Shortly before 12:30 a.m., people begin boarding lifeboats. The Titanic splits in half about 2:20 a.m. and sinks just minutes later. About 3:30 a.m. the RMS Carpathia arrives, takes passengers off lifeboats and heads for New York.

April 18: The Carpathia reaches New York with 705 Titanic survivors (56 children, 324 women, 325 men).