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False Facts About The Titanic You Always Thought Were True

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The sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic on April 15th, 1912 was a monumental disaster, claiming the lives of 1,517 passengers in the frigid Atlantic Ocean. It’s since been elevated to one of those moments in history that feels more legendary than real — because it’s hard to fathom how such a terrible disaster ever took place. That epic status has led to countless misconceptions being repeated again and again as absolute fact. So let’s try to separate fact from fiction…

Let’s see the list:

  1. White Star cut corners and was not in compliance with UK lifeboat laws
  2. The Titanic crew was trying to set a speed record
  3. Titanic’s construction crew thought she was doomed from the start
  4. Titanic was carrying gold bullion/an Egyptian mummy
  5. The champagne bottle used to christen Titanic didn’t break, foreshadowing bad luck
  6. One man got a spot on the lifeboats by dressing as a woman
  7. Captain Edward Smith was incompetent/shot himself/ignored iceberg warnings
  8. Third-class/steerage passengers were locked below to keep them from taking space in lifeboats
  9. A sealing ship saw Titanic sink, but did nothing
  10. Their strict women-and-children-first policy set an industry standard

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