Passengers On The Titanic
There were approximately 2,222 passengers on board the Titanic as it was sinking on April 14, 1912 and April 15, 1912. The precise number of people is up for debate because some people may have been on the voyage who were not accounted for in the ship’s manifest or passenger list. The history of the Titanic includes some interesting Titanic facts about who lived and who died, according to age, sex, and class.
The people traveling on the Titanic divided into four classifications:
•First Class Titanic passengers
•Second class Titanic passengers
•Third class Titanic passengers / steerage
•Titanic crew members
The passengers on the Titanic further divide between men, women, and children. On the crew, there were men and women, but no children.
Men, women, and children had distinctly different survival rates on the Titanic, largely because of a sea law that was in place at the time of the accident, one which determined the order of lifeboat evacuation: “women and children first.”
Class also played a great role in determining survivors of the Titanic. For example, 97% of the women in first class survived; whereas only 13% of the men in steerage (third class) survived.
In total, approximately 1,517 people died when the Titanic sank near Newfoundland, and only about 705 lived.
Famous survivors of the Titanic include:
•Molly Brown (wife of millionaire J.J. Brown, who later became known as the “Unsinkable Molly Brown)
•J. Bruce Ismay (manager of the White Star Line, who was scorned for surviving)
•J.P. Morgan (who was supposed to be on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, but missed the trip because of business commitments)
Famous victims of the Titanic include:
•Brooke Russell Astor (American tycoon)
•Isidor Straus (founder of Macy’s)
•Benjamin Guggenheim (American business tycoon)
•Thomas Andrews (the man who designed the Titanic)
•Edward John Smith (the captain of the RMS Titanic, who went down with the ship)