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Titanic — I bet you didn’t know these……

September 27, 2010

Interesting 10 Facts I found out through Google Research on Titanic, a great exploration links… keep reading. Amazing.

Fact 1: There was an actual love story on the real Titanic.

A real-life romance which blossomed abroad the Titanic is revealed today as bearing remarkable similarities to the love story in the blockbuster film. Roberta Maoini, 21, was a lady’s maid travelling in first class, who fell for a young steward employed on the Titanic during its doomed maiden voyage in 1912.

When the vessel struck the iceberg the steward, whose identity has never been revealed, sought Roberta out, helped her into a lifeboat and, as a final gesture, pressed his White Star brooch into her hand.

Like the lovers played by Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio in the hit film, Roberta survived the disaster but her sweetheart was one of the 1,513 who lost their lives.

Roberta, with her employer, Countess Lucy Rothes, was among those rescued by the Carpathia and travelled on to New York. Within hours of her arrival she wrote a moving poem, which will be auctioned next month.

Later, in 1926, she also wrote a poignant seven-page account of that traumatic night. It tells how, in the final moments, groups of men and women stood on the Titanic’s decks “looking gaunt and fearful” and of how, from the safety of a lifeboat, she heard “the terrible last cries of the fourteen hundred men, women and children left” as it sank.

Roberta, who later married wealthy Yorkshire businessman Cunliffe Boland, died in the 1960s and the memorabilia was bequeathed to her relatives.

Her niece, who has asked not to be named, said: “Roberta fell madly in love with a steward and he with her.

“On deck on the night the iceberg struck, her officer gave her a badge in the shape of a star.

“After the survivors were picked up from the lifeboats and all were safely on board and attended to, she put her hand in her pocket and there it lay in the palm of her hand, the Titanic star. She always wore the star very proudly.”

The poem, her gripping account of the sinking, the brooch and a photograph of Roberta are expected to fetch at least £10,000 when they are auctioned on March 16.

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge, of Aldridge and Son’s, in Devizes, Wiltshire, said: “The poem is a dark and sombre recollection of Roberta’s trauma. “The account she wrote is an important eye-witness report. But the brooch is the most touching souvenir, a love token from the courageous young man she had grown close to.”

Fact 2: There now is a real diamond necklace called “Heart of the Ocean”.

The Titanic movie featured Kate Winslett as Rose wearing “The Heart of the Ocean” – a blue diamond necklace based on the famous Hope Diamond. (the actual Hope diamond was never on the Titanic)

Jewelers Asprey & Garrard were inspired to make a real Heart of the Ocean diamond necklace. The result was a 170 carat heart shaped sapphire with 65 diamonds, each 30 carats. Celine Dion wore it at the Oscar ceremony as she sang “My Heart Will Go On” – the theme song from Titanic during the 1998 ceremony. It was later sold at a benefit auction for $2.2 million.

Fact 3: Jeweler Harry Winston created a “Heart of the Ocean” blue diamond necklace. The $20 million necklace was worn by Gloria Stuart, who portrayed Rose as an older woman.

Fact 4: Apparently there were 13 Honeymooners aboard.

Fact 5: Titanic wasn’t found until September 1st 1985.

Fact 6: Only 1 boat from the remaining life boats went back to save people. Only 6 people were saved from the freezing water.

Fact 7: There were 6 warnings received by Titanic on the day of the collision. They were all ignored by the wireless operator who was pre-occupied by transmitting other messages.

Fact 8: There were 475 lifeboat seats that were not used.

Fact 9: There was a man named Daniel Buckley. He disguised himself as a woman to get on the boats with the women and children.

Fact 10: Last surviver was a woman named Millvina Dean. She died in December of last year. She was only 9 weeks old on board the Titanic.

Make sure you check out this amazing exploration site: www.expeditiontitanic.com

For Facts: Pulled from http://www.eszlinger.com/titanic/titanfacts.html

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