10 Things About the Sinking of the Titanic That You Didn’t Know – WaitUp

10 Things About the Sinking of the Titanic That You Didn’t Know


10. The RMS Titanic Was a Royal Mail Ship

As such, the Titanic was officially responsible for delivering mail for the British postal service. It had a Sea Post Office on board, staffed with five mail clerks (three American and two English). They were responsible for the 3,243 sacks of mail on board the ship; those sacks contained 7,000,000 pieces of mail. None of that mail has been recovered.

As the mail storage room was located below the water line, it quickly began to flood. The clerks carried sacks of mail up to the sorting room. They planned to bring the mail all the way up to the top deck in the hopes of turning it over to a rescue ship.

Jago Smith, J. B. Williamson, Oscar S. Woody, John S. March and William S. Gwinn continued working right up until the end. They went down with the ship.

9. There Were Animals on the Titanic

The Titanic had a ship’s cat named Jenny who had a litter of kittens while the ship was docked in Southampton. A survivor, Violet Jessop, said that the little family lived in a corner of one of the galleys and was tended to by one of the workers.

There were also 12 dogs on board. Among them were John Jacob Astor’s Airedale Kitty Henry Harper’s Pekingese Sun Yat-Sen (who was named after the then-President of China). Three of the dogs, two Pomeranians and Sun Yat-Sen, survived. Their owners brought them aboard the lifeboats.

One passenger, Ella Holmes White, had bought chickens in France with the intention of breeding them back home.


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