How Many People Were On The Titanic?
The passengers who boarded the deluxe steamship RMS Titanic believed they would have a lifetime experience with the ultimate journey by sea, not knowing so many people were going to die in the sinking.
It would have turned out even worse, though, if the Titanic had been full to its capacity.
It sank in the early hours on the 15th day of April 1912, from the coast of Newfoundland in North Atlantic after the sideswiped an iceberg in the course of its maiden voyage.
Titanic, British Luxury Passenger Liner
The Titanic had a total of 2,240 people, including both passengers as well as the crew. Unfortunately, more than 1,500 people aboard lost their lives in the tragedy.
Following this ruin, the Titanic story, facts, and figures have inspired authorship of several films, articles, and books, and the entire story is in the public domain as an advisory account of the dangers of human hubris.
Let’s read on to learn more about this tragic sinking, as well as the captivating figures and facts about the people who were on board:
The RMS Titanic created a unique mix up when it left Southampton, England, for its maiden voyage on the 10th day of April 1912.
After stopping over at Cherbourg, France, and Cobh (then called as Queenstown), and Ireland, the ship was set for New York with a total of 2,240 passengers and crew or ‘souls” as this was the expression used in the shipping industry especially in case of sinking or any problem aboard.
Titanic was the most celebrated ship of the world, offering the pride of the first transatlantic crossing with many souls of celebrities, high-ranking officials, dignitaries, and wealthy industrialists.
Among them was the managing director of White Star Line, J. Bruce Ismay, alongside Thomas Andrews, the ship’s designer from Wolff and Harland.
Famous People On Titanic
Financier, J.P. Morgan, whose International Mercantile Marine shipping trust managed White Star Line, and who had chosen Ismay to work as the company MD was absent.
Morgan was planning to join his colleagues on RMS Titanic, but he changed his mind at the last minute due to some business issues that delayed him.
John Jacob Astor IV was the wealthiest passenger on board.
He was the Astor’s family fortune heir and had hit the waves a year earlier after getting married to an 18-year-old Madeleine Talmadge Force, who was then 29 years younger than him, soon after divorce with his first wife.
Among the passengers on board was the elderly proprietor of the Macy’s, Isidor Straus, along with his spouse Ida; capitalist Benjamin Guggenheim, also with his mistress, chauffeur, and valet; and the heiress widow Margaret “Molly” Brown, later nicknamed “unsinkable” after helping to keep and maintain calm and order as the lifeboats were being loaded while also boosting and encouraging her fellow survivors’ spirits.
The staff who would attend to the First Class collection of luminaries were mostly boarding in the Second Class, alongside journalists, tourists, academics, and other individuals who could afford to enjoy the level of service as well as accommodations as the First Class passengers even on other ships.
Nevertheless, the largest group of passengers on board were in the Third Class, with over 700, which exceeded the numbers in the First and Second Class combined.
It included individuals who had paid less than $20 for the crossing. Third Class was the primary source of profit for most shipping lines such as White Star.
Titanic was built and designed to provide the Third Class passengers with amenities and accommodations higher and better than those offered by Third Class on the other ship of that time.
Survivors And Casualties Of The Titanic
A total of 1503 souls died, including passengers and crew, with only 705 people surviving the tragedy. The law required 962 lifeboat seats, but there were 1178 lifeboat seats aboard despite the 2208 lifeboat seats that were required.
One lifeboat that left the Titanic had carried only 28 people with a capacity of 64 people.
Out of the 1178 lifeboat seats, 472 were not used. Nonetheless, there were sufficient life-jackets for all the 2208 people; most passengers were wearing one.
Three hundred dead bodies were found from the sea the following morning floating in their life-jackets. Several other floating bodies could not be found since they had drifted off.
The number of dogs on board was many, but only two survived. Very few people sank with the Titanic ship, several died in their life-jackets and drifted away.
During the sinking time, the Atlantic temperature was 31 degrees, and this was the leading cause of death among the passengers and crew on board.
The only person who survived the ice-cold Atlantic water was Charles Joughin. He had reportedly been drinking heavily. Only one child died in the First Class, while the remaining 49 from steerage died.