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The Titanic is likely the most infamous ship of all time. That doesn’t really run the risk of being much of an exaggeration.



The broad strokes of the ship and the related events have been gone over endlessly. Reaching from the iceberg to the lifeboats, to the assistance of the RMS Carpathia.

However, on board the ship, there was a particular note that might be of interest to many.

On top of the ship were four smokestacks, also known as funnels.

The purpose of three of those smokestacks was, as one might guess, to emit smoke.

According to Five Minute History, Only three of Titanic’s four funnels were functional.

The reason was “in the early 1900s funnels were symbols of speed and safety and the White Star Line wanted their newest ocean liner to be able to compete with its rival at least on the outside: the Titanic’s fourth smokestack was actually only a dummy containing a first-class smoking room ”

The Titanic’s  Olympic-class sister ships, The Olympic and the Brittanic, both also had a fake fourth funnel. The reasons were to add a sense of magnificence to the ship and it was thought that this would appeal aesthetically to at least the sophisticated ship goer.

The “unsinkable” Titanic did, of course, sink. This was on April 13th, 1912 just off the coast of Newfoundland. The massive ship had around 2,200 passengers. Of that, over 1,500 people died, this included both crew and passengers.

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