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28 Titanic Trivia Questions

The RMS Titanic, a marvel of engineering in its time, remains a story of ambition, innovation, and sadly, tragedy. Even over a century later, the ship’s fateful journey continues to capture imaginations and spark endless questions. 

So, buckle up and prepare for embarkation on a trivia voyage! 

Today, we’ll test your knowledge with these intriguing questions that delve into the depths of the Titanic’s legacy.

Titanic Trivia Questions

  1. What was the name of the company that owned the RMS Titanic, and in what year was this company incorporated?

  2. Before striking the iceberg, the Titanic received how many ice warnings on the day of the disaster?

  3. Can you name the two sister ships of the Titanic, and which one was the only one to not suffer a tragic fate?

  4. What was the exact time (hour and minute) the Titanic struck the iceberg on April 14, 1912?

  5. Who was the Titanic’s chief designer, and what unfortunate fate did he meet on the voyage?

  6. How many lifeboats were there on the Titanic, and what was the total number of people they could accommodate versus the number of people onboard?

  7. What was the name of the Titanic’s captain, and how many transatlantic crossings had he completed before the Titanic’s maiden voyage?

  8. What was the distance (in nautical miles) between the Titanic’s last known position and the closest ship that came to her aid?

  9. Name the luxury train service established to transport Titanic’s first-class passengers from London to Southampton.

  10. What was the total cost of building the Titanic in 1912, adjusted for inflation to today’s dollars?

  11. What unique feature did the Titanic have that was designed to make it more stable but ended up trapping people during the sinking?

  12. Which famous American businessman was supposed to board the Titanic but canceled his trip at the last minute?

  13. Can you name the ship that transmitted the final distress signals from the Titanic, and what was its callsign?

  14. How many people survived the sinking of the Titanic, and what percentage of the passengers and crew did this represent?

  15. Who was the wealthiest passenger aboard the Titanic, and what was his fate?

  16. What was the name of the Titanic’s sister ship that underwent significant modifications after the Titanic disaster?

  17. How long did it take for the Titanic to sink after hitting the iceberg?

  18. What was the name of the act passed by the United States Congress following the Titanic disaster to improve maritime safety?

  19. Can you name the maritime safety treaty established in 1914 as a direct consequence of the Titanic tragedy?

  20. What year was the wreck of the Titanic finally discovered, and who led the expedition?

  21. What was the name of the dog that famously survived the Titanic sinking, and what breed was it?

  22. How many courses were served during the last dinner in the first-class dining saloon on the night of the sinking?

  23. Can you name the wireless operator who famously continued to send distress messages until the final moments?

  24. What was the specific reason given by the lookouts for not seeing the iceberg in time to avoid the collision?

  25. What was the name of the silent film actress who survived the Titanic disaster and later starred in a movie about the sinking?

  26. How many children from First Class survived the sinking, and how does this compare to the number from Third Class?

  27. What was the maximum speed (in knots) the Titanic could achieve, and how fast was she traveling at the time of the collision?

  28. What significant architectural feature of the Titanic was purely decorative and not functional?

Answers

  1. The company that owned the RMS Titanic was the White Star Line, incorporated in 1869.

  2. The Titanic received six ice warnings on the day of the disaster.

  3. The two sister ships of the Titanic were the RMS Olympic and the HMHS Britannic. The Olympic was the only one to not suffer a tragic fate.

  4. The Titanic struck the iceberg at 11:40 p.m. ship’s time.

  5. The Titanic’s chief designer was Thomas Andrews, who tragically died in the disaster.

  6. There were 20 lifeboats on the Titanic, which could accommodate 1,178 people, far less than the 2,224 people on board.

  7. The captain of the Titanic was Edward John Smith, who had completed numerous transatlantic crossings prior to the Titanic’s maiden voyage.

  8. The Titanic was approximately 58 nautical miles from the Cunard liner RMS Carpathia, the closest ship that came to her aid.

  9. The luxury train service was called the Boat Train, operated by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR).

  10. The total cost of building the Titanic was approximately £1.5 million in 1912, which is roughly equivalent to $400 million in today’s dollars (adjusting for inflation).

  11. The Titanic featured watertight compartments designed to make it “unsinkable,” but these compartments extended only a certain height, which trapped people as the ship sank.

  12. J.P. Morgan, the famous American financier, canceled his trip on the Titanic at the last minute.

  13. The ship that transmitted the final distress signals from the Titanic was the RMS Carpathia, with the callsign “MFA.”

  14. 710 people survived the sinking of the Titanic, representing about 32% of the passengers and crew.

  15. The wealthiest passenger aboard the Titanic was John Jacob Astor IV, who died in the disaster.

  16. The Titanic’s sister ship that underwent significant modifications was the RMS Olympic.

  17. It took 2 hours and 40 minutes for the Titanic to sink after hitting the iceberg.

  18. The United States Congress passed the Radio Act of 1912 following the Titanic disaster to improve maritime safety.

  19. The maritime safety treaty established in 1914 was the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).

  20. The wreck of the Titanic was discovered in 1985 by a joint American-French expedition led by Dr. Robert Ballard.

  21. The name of the dog that survived the Titanic sinking was Sun Yat-sen, and it was a Pekingese.

  22. The last dinner in the first-class dining saloon on the night of the sinking consisted of 10 courses.

  23. The wireless operator who famously continued to send distress messages was Jack Phillips.

  24. The specific reason given by the lookouts for not seeing the iceberg in time was the lack of binoculars in the crow’s nest.

  25. The silent film actress who survived the Titanic disaster and later starred in a movie about the sinking was Dorothy Gibson.

  26. All of the children from First Class (5) survived the sinking, compared to 27 from Third Class.

  27. The maximum speed of the Titanic was about 24 knots, and she was traveling at 22 knots at the time of the collision.

  28. The significant architectural feature of the Titanic that was purely decorative and not functional was the fourth funnel.

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