The Real Titanic: Myths About the Fateful, Historic Voyage, Debunked

Between classic movies, informational books, and the History channel special, you might think you know everything there is to know about the Titanic. But, even when James Cameron’s iconic film Titanic was re-released for the 20th anniversary last year, some people were still shocked to learn that the ship accidentally sank.

Generally speaking, facts about the Titanic are pretty (pardon the joke) rock solid. We know a lot about this early 1900s tragedy. Yet, a number of myths still exist surrounding the epic cruise liner — myths that movies and documentary specials only seem to perpetuate. So we set out to separate the real Titanic facts from false Titanic tales.

Here are some of the biggest tall-tales told about that ill-fated voyage.