On the 15th April 1912 the unsinkable ship, the 'RMS Titanic', sank in the Atlantic. 85 years later, director James Cameron got the legend back and on the big screen. Nonetheless, there are still some facts and myths even the biggest and most passionate fans of the films are not aware of.
But we will disclose some of those secrets for you. Let’s go!
Let’s start with the leading characters.
Although, according to Cameron, “Rose DeWitt Bukater” and “Jack Dawson” are fictitious characters, there really was a passenger called J. Dawson on the Titanic. His first name was not Jack though, but Joseph, and he was a part of the ship’s crew.
Nonetheless, there are still fans out there who still lay down flowers on the grave of the wrong Mr. Dawson...
As it turns out, the ship architect was really named “Thomas Andrews” (he was played by Victor Garber). It’s not officially proven that he really started fixing the clocks while the ship was sinking, but it is said that he was running selflessly through the ship in order to safe as many passengers as possible.
Boy, did we enjoy the timeless love story between “Jack” and “Rose”, and still do to this day.
In reality, however, such a romance would have never been possible, because of the strict rules on the ship. Out of fear that passengers from the third class could spread diseases upstairs, they were not allowed to even come close to the upper classes. Even if they would have saved the life of a beautiful red-haired girl...
Let’s continue with another interesting fact;
Throughout the entire movie you cannot spot a single dark-skinned passenger. However, in reality there was actually one! The Haitian Joseph Phillippe Lemercier Laroche has was the only dark-skinned passenger on the Titanic. And he was even travelling n the second class!
All lovers of beautiful jewelry, listen closely! Whoever has always been jealous of “Rose” because of her diamond-necklace “Heart of the Ocean”: there's no reason to feel that way. The piece of jewelry, as it was shown in the movie, never existed! However, the design of the necklace was based on the “Hope Diamond” of the French king Louis XIV, which is on exhibition in Washington D.C. by the way.
Another inconsistency of the movie are the paintings of Monet and Picasso, which “Rose” brought on board of the Titanic. Both Monet’s “Water Lilies” and Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d'Avignon” are still on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and have in fact never been on board of the Titanic.
Hold on! David Cameron is not just a stunning director and movie maker, but also an artist? Indeed he is. As it turns out, the sexually explicit painting of Kate Winslet (“Rose”) was actually painted by James Cameron himself.
The upcoming fact might suggest that the main characters in the movie are actually clairvoyant. “Jack” wants to take “Rose” to the Santa Monica Pier to ride the roller coaster with her. The interesting aspect here is, that said roller coaster was opened in 1916, four years after the sinking of the Titanic. Also, “Rose” quotes works by Siegmund Freud, which were published years after the tragedy of the Titanic.
Many of us still get angry seeing the scenes, in which almost empty rescue boats float away from the sinking Titanic, whilst so many passengers are still fighting for their lives aboard the ship. Was that really the case? Unfortunately, yes!
Many boats were only half full. Only two of all the 16 rescue boats turned around to safe more people’s lives.
Some of us are still asking ourselves why the passengers with life vests didn’t swim to the rescue boats in order to safe their lives. The point is, the ocean had a temperature of around 0°C (32°F). If the catastrophe’s victims would have swum, their body temperature would have sunk 35 to 50 times faster than it did anyway and they would have died even earlier – without any chance of being rescued.
In the movie, we can see the ship breaking apart in the middle whilst sinking. For many viewers, that still seemed absolutely unbelievable, but it did really happen that way. In 1985, when the wreck was finally found on the bottom of the ocean. Ever since, we know that the ship did in fact break apart...
In order to get some more statistical facts in here, let’s have a look at the figures of the catastrophe’s survivors. From all the 2.207 passengers, who intended to travel to the USA with the Titanic, just 711 people survived the tragedy on the 12th April 1912. Almost unbelievable, but sadly true.
The final fact is a travelling tip for all fans of "Titanic":
If watching the movie is not enough for you, it's time to go to Fox's 'Baja Studios' in Mexico, where you can take a look at the original movie set. A must-see for all true fans of James Cameron's epic blockbuster!