White Starline – An EOCC Themed Event on July 26
The Titanic is undoubtedly one of the most famous cruise ships in history, as much for its gargantuan size as its tragic fate. The infamous ship was constructed between 1909 and 1912 by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Ireland. Its maiden voyage left Southampton, England on April 10, 1912 and was headed to New York City when it struck a 100-foot iceberg in the early-morning hours of April 15, 1912 and sunk. The wreckage was found at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean in 1985.
The Titanic’s grandeur has been immortalized through historical records, artifacts and pop culture, and it will be brought to life on July 26, 2018 at Halley’s Club for a celebration filled with dancing, live music from the Million Dollar Dreamers and live paintings by artist Katie Cunningham.
In preparation for the event, we’ve gathered some interesting facts to help you brush up on your Titanic trivia.
The Titanic cost more than $7 million to build, and it measured 269 metres (882 feet) in length and stood 53.3 metres (175 feet) tall. The ship burned more than 800 tons of coal per day—all of which hand-shovelled by 167 men—and required 885 crew members to keep everything running smoothly. There were approximately 1,317 passengers on board, and 705 people survived the wreck.
Opulence of the Era
The interior of the Titanic was inspired by The Ritz hotel in London, and the iconic Grand Staircase—which spanned seven of the ship’s 10 decks—was equipped with luxurious oak panelling, bronze cherubs and paintings. Amenities on board the Titanic included a gym, pool, Turkish bath, a dog kennel, a squash court and its own newspaper titled the Atlantic Daily Bulletin. The musicians on board the ship were also expected to know all 352 tunes in the song book provided to first-class passengers—just in case there were any requests.
First-class passengers had no shortage of supplies to imbibe in. It’s estimated that the Titanic carried 20,000 bottles of beer, 1,500 bottles of wine and 8,000 cigars. The Titanic’s final dinner consisted of 10 decadent courses.
The Titanic carried some of the wealthiest people in the world, the richest of whom was John Jacob Astor IV. He was worth a whopping $90 million at the time, which translates to approximately $2 billion today. Astor did not survive the voyage, but his wife, Madeleine, did. She was pregnant while aboard the Titanic and gave birth four months later.
Other storied passengers include Olympic silver medallist Cosmo Duff-Gordon; Benjamin Guggenheim, brother of Soloman Guggenheim, namesake of the famed museum in New York; Noël Leslie, Countess of Rothes; Margaret Brown, also known as the Unsinkable Molly Brown; and Millvina Dean, the youngest survivor (she was two months old), who died at age 97 in 2009. It’s also said that chocolate mogul Milton S. Hershey was meant to be on board, but he had to rearrange his travel plans to New York to accommodate a business matter.
Who could forget James Cameron’s record-breaking cinematic adaptation of the Titanic’s story? The 1997 film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, had a $20 million-dollar budget and grossed $2.187 billion at the box office. It was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won 11, including the coveted Best Picture accolade, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Original Song for “My Heart Will Go On.”
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