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10 Lesser-Known Items Aboard the Titanic

It seems incredible but we are now only 6 months from the 100-year anniversary of one of the most historic events of the last two centuries. When the ocean liner, Titanic, sank on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in April 1912, it took to the bottom not just people, but also cargo.

Many know about some of the more famous items that were on board. A few were depicted in the 1997 film “Titanic” including the Renault automobile being shipped to the States by its owner, William Carter (he claimed an insurance loss of $5,000 for the car), and expensive paintings that Rose Dawson was carrying with her. Though in the movie the paintings were by French Impressionists, the real painting lost when the ship sank was an oil painting by Blondel, “La Circasienne Au Bain” (insurance claim amount of $100,000).

We know the contents of the Titanic shipping manifest because it was delivered aboard the Mauritania (Titanic sister ship). The manifest survived because it had been sent to America via registered mail aboard the other ship. Insurance claims document even more lost items.
Here are ten of the lesser-known items that sank with the Titanic that fateful night in April 1912, and some interesting stories of the people associated with these items.

10

Coney Skins

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On board the Titanic were three cases of coney skins headed for The Broadway Trust Company of Camden New Jersey. Coney skins was a term used to describe rabbit skins, which were used at the time to line clothing and children’s coats and sacks.

The Broadway Trust Company was a bank which operated until shortly after the start of the Great depression, when many small banks closed their doors. The building itself is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

One other bit of bad luck was destined to strike The Broadway Trust Company. On October 5, 1920, Broadway Trust’s bank messenger, David S. Paul, mysteriously disappeared while carrying tens of thousands of dollars worth of cash and securities. His body was found on October 16, near Tabernacle in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. He had been kidnapped, murdered and robbed by two acquaintances, Frank J. James and Raymond Schuck, who were tried and convicted of his murder. They were executed in New Jersey’s electric chair, on August 30, 1921.

9

Opium

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On board the Titanic were four cases of opium. Also aboard the Titanic was John Jacob Astor IV, who was the great-grandson of John Jacob Astor, whose fortune was made in opium, fur trade and real estate. Neither the opium nor Astor would reach New York. Only seven years prior to the sinking of the Titanic, the US Congress had banned opium, but it was still widely used in all manner of medicines and concoctions. A year later, the U.S. Congress passed the Pure Food and Drug Act, requiring contents labeling on patent medicines by pharmaceutical companies. As a result, the availability of opiates significantly declined.

In 1909 the first federal drug prohibition was passed by Congress, outlawing the importation of opium. For some reason, the opium was still being shipped to the US in 1912, when the Titanic went down. Two years later in 1914, Congress passed the Harrison Narcotics Act, which tried to curb drug addiction (especially for cocaine and heroin) by requiring doctors, pharmacists and others who prescribed narcotics to register and pay a tax.


8

Chow Dog

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Another first-class passenger was Harry Anderson, a New York City stockbroker who was returning to America after a visit to England. He was married and lived in New York City with his wife, who did not make the trip to Europe with him. Apparently he did have company with him however, a pet dog. Anderson survived the sinking, escaping in lifeboat #3. The dog, however, met its fate along with 8 out of 12 of the other dogs reported to have gone down with the Titanic. He later put in an insurance claim in the amount of $50 for the loss of his pet Chow dog.

7

Signed Picture of Garibaldi

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Mr. Emilio Ilario Giuseppe Portaluppi was an interesting survivor of the sinking of the Titanic. He was a second-class passenger heading for Milford, New Hampshire, after a visit to Italy, the country of his birth. He claims he was awakened by the force of the ship hitting the iceberg and initially thought the ship had docked in New York. He quickly realized something was wrong, put on a life vest, and went to the deck. He claims he slipped or tripped while trying to jump into a lifeboat and plunged into the water. Other accounts claim he jumped into the sea. However he got into the water, he was one of the fortunate four people who were rescued by the only lifeboat to return to search for victims after the Titanic sank. Portaluppi was picked up by lifeboat #14 under the command of Officer Lowe. One account claims Portaluppi clung to a chunk of ice and floated until he was rescued.

After he was rescued and arrived back in the USA, he submitted an insurance claim for $3,000 for the loss of a picture of Italian national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi, signed by Garibaldi and presented to Potraluppi’s grandfather. This claim seems almost as fantastical as his surviving on a piece of ice floating in the freezing cold water of the North Atlantic, but who knows.

6

College Lecture Notes

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Not much is known about young second-class passenger Sidney Clarence Stuart Collett. He appears to have been a student of Theology, on his way from England to be with his parents in Port Byron New York.

One account has the young theological student taking part in one of the most memorable events just before the sinking. It is said Stuart Collett was assisting the Reverend Mr. Carter in the Sunday evening hymnal and prayer service on the Titanic. This service was held the evening of April 14, 1912, in the second-class dining saloon and was attended by about 100 passengers. The Reverend Carter and Collett led in the singing of ‘There is a Green Hill far away,’ ‘For Those in Peril on the Sea’ and ‘Lead, Kindly Light,’ accompanied by piano.

At the close of the event, Reverend Carter noted that the ship was unusually steady and how everyone was looking forward to their arrival in New York. He is reported to have said: “it is the first time that there have been hymns sung on this boat on a Sunday evening, but we trust and pray it won’t be the last.”

After the ship hit the iceberg, all that is known is Collett assisted two women to the lifeboats. As the women were about to get into them, Collett explained to the crew that they had been entrusted to his care. Collett was allowed to join them in lifeboat #9 and he was saved.

Upon arriving in the US, Collet was said to have met his brother, and the first thing he did was to hand a small Bible to him. Apparently, his brother had given Collett the Bible before he departed for England, saying that Collett should return it the next time they met.

He then put in an insurance claim for the amount of $50, for the loss of hand written college lecture notes from a 2-year course.

5

Bag Pipes

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A farm hand from Ireland making his way as a third-class passenger to New York City, Mr. Eugene Patrick Daly was 29 years-old when he boarded the Titanic at Queenstown, having paid his 7 pounds 15 shillings for the passage.

When he boarded, he came with his uilleann (elbow) pipes (a traditional Irish instrument), and played “Erin’s Lament” for his fellow steerage passengers, as the Titanic steamed for the new world. He would later file a claim for $50 for the loss. Decades later, a set of bagpipes, possibly those belonging to Daly, were recovered at the wreck site.

As the Titanic was sinking, Daly was one of the fortunate third-class passengers who managed to make their way from the depths of the ship out onto the deck. With him at the time were two women, Maggie Daly and Bertha Mulvihill. He helped them board lifeboat #15 and was left behind on board the soon-to-sink ship.

Daly told the story of what happened next, one of the most dramatic moments on board the ship just before it sank:

“…an officer pointed a revolver and said if any man tried to get in he would shoot him on the spot. I saw the officer shot two men dead because they tried to get into the boat. Afterwards there was another shot, and I saw the officer himself lying on the deck. They told me he shot himself, but I did not see him.”

Daly jumped into the sea with only his heavy jacket keeping him warm enough to survive against the freezing water. Daly somehow managed to make his way to overturned collapsible boat B, from which he was later saved by The Carpathia. He later claimed he always took this same coat with him whenever he traveled, for good luck.


4

Marmalade Machine

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Being from the United States, I was not even sure what marmalade was, let alone a “marmalade machine,” so I did some research to find out.

Marmalade is a fruit preserve made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits, boiled with sugar and water. The benchmark citrus fruit for marmalade production in Britain is the “Seville orange” from Spain; it is higher in pectin than sweet oranges. The peel has a distinctive bitter taste, which it imparts to the marmalade. Marmalade can be made from lemons, limes or other fruits.

In languages other than English, “marmalade” can mean preserves made with fruit other than citrus. Marmalade is sometimes described as jam containing fruit peel, but manufacturers also produce peel-free marmalade. Marmalade is often eaten on toast for breakfast.

So fine, marmalade is what we call “jelly” or “jam” made and then preserved in jars with wax seals. But what is a marmalade machine? And more specifically, what was a 1912 vintage marmalade machine and why was its owner, Miss Edwina Trout, carrying one with her from Europe to America aboard the Titanic?

It turns out, a 1912-vintage marmalade machine was a device used to cut and peel the citrus slices into just the right shape, size and texture to make perfect marmalade. Apparently, getting the orange peel slices just right is very important to make marmalade the correct way. The “machine” (more like a “cutter”) looks like a combination of a meat grinder and an antique applesauce maker.

Miss Edwina “Winnie” Celia Troutt, was 27 years-old and traveling back to America from a visit to England, where she assisted her sister in giving birth to her child. She was originally set to sail on the Oceanic, but she was transferred to the Titanic because of a coal strike in 1912, that was forcing the White Star line to consolidate and stretch its coal reserve, and necessitated delaying some voyages.

She boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second-class passenger. When the ship hit the iceberg, she left her cabin to investigate and was told of the ship’s fate. She also saw the crew uncovering, and getting ready, the lifeboats. She went back to tell her cabin mates but only found one. She put on her heaviest coat against the cold, and encouraged her roommate to hurry up, at one point tossing the woman’s corset down the isle while telling her this was no time for a corset. Winnie later recalled hearing the ship’s band playing Nearer My God to Thee, in the ship’s last moments.

Winnie was in lifeboat #16, waiting for it to be lowered to the sea when a man came up begging her to save his child. Winnie took the child into the boat with her. As the boat was lowered Winnie held in her hands a toothbrush, a Bible and the child. She did not carry with her her marmalade machine. She later filed a claim against White Star Line for her lost marmalade machine, valued at 8s 5d.

Winnie was a favorite at Titanic functions and conventions, even until she was in her late 90s. She died on December 3, 1984, in California.

3

One Case of Film

Keystone

On the Titanic manifest was listed “one case of film” for The New York Motion Picture Company. As was the case with automobiles, electronic equipment and phonographs, motion pictures were just becoming hugely popular in the early 1900s. The New York Motion Picture Company was one of many small filmmakers in the New York area and East Coast of the USA (before the movie industry packed up and moved west to Hollywood). The company was formed in 1909, and was operating up until about 1914. It operated at 42nd Street and Broadway in NYC. It was owned and operated by two men, one of whom, Charles O. Baumann ran several successful early motion picture companies, most notably The Keystone Film Company. The short-lived New York Motion Picture Company released films under the brand names Broncho, (for westerns) Domino (for comedies) and Kay-Bee (for dramas).

It is not known which type of early silent film would have been made using the film being shipped to New York aboard the Titanic. Given the events of the sinking of the ship, one would hope it was meant for Kay-Bee, the makers of drama films.


2

Perfume

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One of the first-class passengers aboard the Titanic was a perfume maker from England by the name of Adolphe Saalfeld. He was chairman of the chemists and distillers Sparks, White, and Co. Ltd. He carried with him a leather bag, in which he had 65 vials of different perfumes. As the perfume trade in New York City and America was booming at the time, he may have been traveling with his perfume samples to try to entice potential buyers, such as New York City department stores and boutiques. He claimed to have been in the Titanic smoking room and saw the iceberg when the ship hit it. He went to his room, but left behind the satchel containing his perfume samples. The satchel and vials sank with the ship and there they remained for 89 years until 2001, when they were discovered by members of an artifact search team. When they brought the satchel to the surface and back onto their ship and opened it, they were overwhelmed with the aroma of lavenders and roses from the Edwardian perfume. Some of the vials had broken, but most were, amazingly, intact. Plans were immediately made to decipher the chemical fingerprint of these long lost fragrances in the hope of reproducing them for sale today, possibly with clever names such a Eau de Disaster. As for Saalfeld, he survived aboard lifeboat #3, and was rescued by The Carpathia.

1

Karain: A Memory

Lord-Jim

In the mailroom of the Titanic was a package containing the manuscript of “Karain: A Memory” by noted author Joseph Conrad. “Karain: A Memory” was a precursor to Conrad’s ”Lord Jim.” His third short story, “Karain: A Memory” was written in 1897, and published later that same year. Conrad was sending the manuscript to John Quinn in New York. John Quinn was a second-generation Irish-American corporate lawyer in New York, who for a time, was an important patron of major figures of post-impressionism and literary modernism, and collector, in particular, of original manuscripts. This manuscript would never reach him.

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Also On Board

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Some other interesting items that went down to the bottom of the Atlantic with the Titanic included 856 rolls linoleum, 1 case cretonne, 1 case auto parts, 41 cases filter paper, 76 cases dragon’s blood (pictured above), 15 cases rabbit hair, 1 barrel earth, 1 case Edison gramophones, and 2 barrels of mercury.



  • jeff beck

    What is Dragon Blood ? a spice ?

    • oldirtykoala

      I think it is used to make incense or a type of incense, but not sure if that is the only use.

      • Swak

        I’m ‘incensed’ by all this repetition of the same questions! Ha! I’m so funny aren’t I.

        • Kobbin

          It wasn’t incense. :P

      • Scott

        I think both of you idiots should look 5 comments up to find out.

    • mom424

      A plant based pigment – asked and answered just a few comments up from your own. ….

  • moddi

    Who won the ipad contest? Did that go down with the titanic?

    • Frater Hater

      FRATER ANSWER THIS!!!

  • Bethany

    Is it bad that I would buy that perfume?

    • loapaja

      God no – I’m keen to know what it smells like!

      • Sjoera

        Ioapaja, apparently you can buy it on http://www.scentsoftime.co.uk. They have lots of scents I’m curious about! Unfortunately, it’s not an exact duplication, it has been modified to modern taste.

  • crackjack

    nice list

  • Matt C

    You Yanks don’t have marmalade?

    • Name

      Not usually… mostly jelly or preserves

      • James

        I managed to find it in a store while on holiday in NYC, it was being sold as “English Orange Jam” :S

      • Tryclyde

        Thank you for speaking for all 300 million of us…

    • AliciaS

      We have marmalade in the US. Any grocery store has it. The most surprising thing to me in this list was that the lister didn’t know what marmalade is.

      • P5ychoRaz

        I’ve known what marmalade was since Sesame Street. Too bad kid’s show nowadays are full of nonesense messages, like: “To help Dora climb, you gotta say subida. Can you say subida?” and “Backpack, backpack, backpack, backpack, backpack, backpack!” I just convinced some idiot that platypus were real. Good luck America. Maybe it’s time to stop ‘occupying’ Wall Street and head back into the classes that the taxpayers paid for, to learn some history?

        • Xyroze

          Uhm.. I have a few questions.. Isn’t Sesame Street still playing, along with several very similarly styled shows? Also, a children’s show’s worth probably wouldn’t be measured by too many people by whether or not it explained what marmalade is.. What exactly does that have to do with history? And please explain what you meant by the sentence “I just convinced some idiot that platypus were real.”

          Your comment has just left me so confused on so many levels..

        • Spaz

          What is up your butt? Dora teaches children spanish words so why is that nonsense. I’m sure that every single person here on listverse can tell you something that you don’t know. So does that make you an idiot? To repeat what Xyroze said what does knowing what marmalade is have anything to do with history?

        • It’s just marmalade. Knowing what it is or what it isn’t does not determine one’s genius.

        • Unfortunately, most school funding has been attacked by politicians. Another reason people are protesting the fundamental assault on everyone who’s not a millionaire!

    • Corwin

      I’ve lived in America all my life and I always see marmalade in stores and have had it plenty of times. I thought it was just as well-known as jam. Maybe it depends on what part of the country you’re in.

    • Tryclyde

      I can drive 1 minute to my grocery store in NJ and pick up a jar of marmalade.

      • Maeve Wirsow

        You say “drive”. A one minute drive is about, oh, one and a half minutes’ worth of walking? You really conform to the ‘lazy, fat American’ stereotype in that single sentence.

      • p1t1o

        Dont feed the troll.

  • Christine Vrey

    HAha, This was a fantastically random list!!, I would never have guessed half those things to have been on the titanic. Thank you Patrick, that was highly entertaining =D Awesome list for a Friday!!!!!

  • Nik

    I’m from the US and marmalade is everywhere here

    • Oregonmade

      Agreed…thought it was odd when I read that it wasn’t. I use it all the time!

      • Spaz

        Is the writer from the US?

        • YouRang?

          He might be from Canada. The TV show “Corner Gas” has an episode in which Brent tries some expensive marmalade and then can’t go back to eating regular jam because the marmalade was so much better. Just a word of warning…

  • lenun11

    titanic and its lost memories

  • Anon

    Wtf… Who doesn’t know what Marmalade is? I’m from Canada and I know what it is; so to say you were unsure as to what was because you live in the US seems a bit odd…

    • mpar

      Marmalade is dleicious with ham and chicken.

  • NeesahD22

    Heard of it but never seen it or tasted it. We have jelly and jam. Whatever the difference that may be.

    Awesome list! Interesting. Nice read.

    • Miss V

      Marmalade is just jam from citrus fruits…

      • Arsnl

        In other european countries it can be made from other fruits too.

        • EnglishLass

          UK – Jam = US – Jelly

          UK – Jelly = US – Jello

          Marmalade is always and only ever made with citrus fruits – most specifically Oranges and occasionally Limes & Lemons. You are confusing jam (which is a high sugar content preserve that can contain any fruits, spices, herbs or flowers) with marmalade.

          • Arsnl

            “Marmalade is always and only ever made with citrus fruits ”
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmalade
            You know. There are other countries besides the uk and its former colonies. And you know that not all english words come from england. In this case marmalade comes from portuguese (but it is used in french, spanish, italian, polish and even romanian). And in portugal they made it from quinces. Geesh i did not know there are marmalade nazis too. So i made 0 confusions.

        • Plopverse

          Why do you sound like such a knob in all your comments?

  • iHateRyanThomas

    I’m still mad about the music list

  • Jc

    Just a correction. The Mauretania is not a sister ship of the Titanic. Titanic’s sister are: Olympic and Britannic. Other than that, great research.

  • crazedfishuk

    Great list! It seems this list reminds people that, despite the glamour of Hollywood, this incident happened in the real world to real people. I’m not for a moment suggesting film is bad as it brings things like this to new audiences and generations but sometimes it can dilute a tragedy in favour of spectacle.

  • Armadillo

    Thank you for this list :) I’m a sucker for all Titanic-related things…

    I love that Daly’s (#5) story about the officer shooting people was used in the movie. Oh, and 8 dogs out of 12 sank with the ship? Does that mean the other 4 were saved instead of people? I didn’t know that.

  • loapaja

    Fantastic list!

  • some guy

    These aren’t very interesting. On a ship so massive and of such a capacity, I would expect almost every item transported. Certainly the lost Renault is the better story.

    • wrake

      But tons of us have already heard that story, the author was going for lesser known stuff, i especially liked how he connected some of the lesser known items with well known events if not people, like the guy who witnessed the shooting of other passengers, or the woman who remembered the name of one of the songs being played directly before the ship sank.
      I also just watched the Rifftrax version of Titanic (only way i would watch it again) about a week ago, its still fresh in my mind.
      Oh and before anyone tries to mock me for watching Titanic, go google “Rifftrax.”

    • Scott

      oh my goodness, just shut up.

  • Interesting list.

    I always though Uilleann pipes and bag pipes were different. From a quick google they are apparently quite similar (I am assuming in structure as the differences related to sound rather than structure).

    • John Bull

      What are commonly called bagpipes (and are, rather misleadingly shown here) are properly “great pipes” to distinguish them from “small pipes”, aka Uillean pipes. Both are bagpipes i.e. they use an air reservoir to sustain a continuous sound. Great pipes are inflated by blowing, small pipes by a bellows under the player’s arm. (just to confuse further there are certain small types of bagpipes which are inflated by the player’s breath too…) Great pipes are associated with the Scottish Highlands and with Ireland, small pipes with the Scottish lowlands and some parts of England.

      • Scott

        no one cares

        • John Bull

          U did, otherwise you wouldn’t have bothered to say. And plenty of Scots, English, Irish, Bretons, Galicians etc do.

        • Scotty

          Irish-Americans do. Scots-Americans do.

  • Armin Tamzarian

    I’m going to write a Top 10 list of most overhyped historic events, and the Titanic will be numbers 9 through 1.

    • Anon

      Lol!!

    • Maggot

      So you’re going to add to the overhype by overhyping how overhyped it is? Or are you suggesting that devoting 9 items in a 10 item list about overhype to one overhyped thing is just the right amount of hype? It seems like the latter would restrict anyone from doing a follow-up list about more overhyped things, because then these 9 items that were just the right amount of hype in a 10 item list would suddenly become underhyped if the listings of overhyped things grew to 20 in total. The hype ratio would be completely thrown asunder. This would thus necessitate more hype to be generated in order to correct and restabilize the hype quotient for said subject. So either way you look at it, you are just causing an increase in the amount of hype, which is counter to your base premise that it is already overhyped. I foresee a death-spiral of never-ending hype. Are you really sure that you want to go down that road?

      • guyinasuit

        I had to read that comment like seven times, and it still doesn’t make sense.

      • Canuovea

        Bravo Sir!

      • Armin Tamzarian

        Yes.

  • oouchan

    Kinda neat to know some of the weirder things on the Titanic. I’m sure there is way more than what is listed..even in the bonus section.

    Nice list.

  • Steve

    Interesting list.

    I would have to say the picture of the bagpipes is incorrect. Those appear to be Scottish bagpipes, not Irish bagpipes. The Irish uilleann pipes are played by using your elbow to pump air into the air bladder whereas the Scottish version has a mouth piece to constantly blow air into it.

    • John Bull

      True the picture is misleading (it’s not an uillean pipe). But both the Scots and the Irish use both versions.

  • frenemy

    Dragon’s Blood?? Anyway I love these kinds of stories especially about the titanic.

  • frenemy

    Just googled it. Dragon’s blood is a type of red pigment obtained from a plant. Its called Dragon’s blood because the plant it comes from is called dracaena dracoa.

  • Sjoera

    Apparently you can buy it on http://www.scentsoftime.co.uk. They have lots of scents I’m curious about! Unfortunately, it’s not an exact duplication, it has been modified to modern taste.

    • MeDan

      Do they have one called Deja Vu? I swear I’m seeing the same comments I saw earlier.

      • Sjoera

        Sheesh, what got your panties in a twist? For some reason my post appeared twice, I guess I accidentally clicked on “Add Comment” twice. I couldn’t delete on of them because I’m not registered on this site so I can’t adjust or delete my comments. I didn’t know it would be such a tragedy for some people…

  • Eddie

    Great list!! Quite fascinating!!!

  • Victrola_Fan

    I love anything to do with the Titanic.

    The reference to the case of “Edison gramophones” going down with the ship is cited in the book “Titanic’s Last Secrets: The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers” by Brad Matsen–as are the other items mentioned in your final paragraph, “Also On Board.”

    Among antique phonograph and gramophone collectors, there has been some speculation concerning EXACTLY what this refers to. Edison manufactured phonographs, not gramophones. Gramophones were manufactured by The Gramophone Company, LTD, in the UK, and by the Victor Talking Machine Co. in the US. They were two, very different technologies. At the time, most Edison Phonographs were cylinder playing machines, while Gramophones played flat discs. (Edison had recently introduced his own version of a disc playing phonograph, but again, it differed from the standard gramophone record and could not be played on competitors’ machines.)

    One possibility involves the fact that the word, “gramophone,” was widely in use in the UK by 1912 to refer to most types of “record players” but had almost disappeared in the US market–in the US, “phonograph” was the popular term, as was “talking machine,” — so it’s probable that the person who filled out the manifest was British.

    All of this is super nit-picky, but part of the minutia of historical research. Whatever was transported, it probably disintegrated into rust, and succumbed to “shipworms” decades ago.

  • P5ychoRaz

    What’s a barrel of earth?

    • ponko

      Barrel of dirt.

    • guyinasuit

      A hollow cylindrical container, traditionally made of vertical wooden staves bound by wooden or metal hoops, containing soil, a natural body consisting of layers, or soil horizons, of mineral consitutents of variable thickness.

      • Skippy the Impaler

        And possibly Dracula. But that’s an option.

  • mom424

    Great list, very interesting. Sure that there must be enough material for a follow-up list – or two.

    Have to admit that watching the ROVs searching the actual Titanic did the giant heart-tugging thing to me. Palpable pathos.

    Good job Patrick.

    ps: wtf you don’t know what Marmalade is? – Should’ve asked your Mom. 9_9

    • Arsnl

      Mom. What’s marmalooo…mermeloo…mairmalaaa…melimeluuu…marmelaaa…..marmalade. Damn. That was long.

  • garrymoore

    Name

  • Peter Suciu

    The Mauritania was not the siter ship of the Titanic. The Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic. Both Olympic and Titanic were owned by the White Star Line. The Mauritania was the sister ship of the Lusitania, both owned by Cunard Line.

    • Arsnl

      Ill name a ship Orange. Let’s see them find a sister for that one.

      • guyinasuit

        The USS Grapefruit. :)

        • CowsOverInnsmouth

          Taken out of commission. It was a lemon.

  • trollolol

    i didnt knew what marmalade is
    ..in australia its just jam

  • Christine

    only useless shit

    • aargume1

      Hahaha true xD

  • aargume1

    Mermelada!! =]

  • vanowensbody

    Thanks for all the comments. Here are a few follow ups/answers:

    I really did not know exactly what marmalade was. I don’t get out much – I spend most of my time huddled over books and my computer researching and writing (and re-writing, and editing, and re-editing) top ten lists. ;)

    I knew it was a jam or jelly. I did not know how it was made or what made it different from jam or jelly. Now I know. One of the great things about doing top ten list research – you learn a lot.

    Thanks for the correction on the Mauretania. My mistake. I thought it was interesting that the cargo list/manifest for the Titanic survived because it was sent to America on another ship.

    There isn’t a whole lot of other interesting, known, things that went to the bottom of the ocean with the Titanic. For example – I only found out about #1 by reading a new book on the Titanic “How to Survive the Titanic – The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay”. The manifest does not list the manuscript because it was being carried with personal belongings. Most of the rest of what is listed on the manifest is pretty normal, boring cargo. Someone could do a follow up list, but it would be hard to make it interesting. I covered, in this list, most of the more interesting things that survivors turned in insurance claims for (like the marmalade machine and the dog).

    I too thought “1 barrel earth” was interesting. What was it? Just dirt? If so, why was it being shipped? So I included it in the Bonus + section.

    Dragons Blood is a plant pigment, bright red, that was used (and still is) as a dye for textile manufacturing.

    The lost Renault car may have been a more interesting story, but it has been well documented and covered in other lists. I wanted to focus my list on ten things people may not have known went down with the Titanic, and some of the personal stories behind them.

    Hope you all enjoyed it. Thanks Jamie for publishing it.

    – Pat

    • Arsnl

      “There isn’t a whole lot of other interesting, known, things ”
      ” it would be hard to make it interesting”
      Yeah. Your usual: ropes, textiles,pots, pans, cans, ovens, tables, chairs, kitchen sink, cars, sewing machines, barrels upon barrels of *gold*, rhum, dirt, farm animals, paper, construction material, petrol, coal. Just a normal cargo. Nothing to see here. Let’s leave the author sort out this junk.

      • vanowensbody

        By all means. Go for it. Do the list yourself.

      • EnglishLass

        Calm down little one! It is only after all a list to entertain us, which it certainly did me. Oh & may I thank you for calling me a Marmalade Nazi! A somewhat unexpected & surprising title I must say! May I suggest you bottle & preserve yourself for a wee while, and let us be free of your endless negative twoddle.

  • HulkSmashNow

    You’re an American, and you don’t know what marmalade is? Do you also not know what a cheeseburger is, to? Come on…

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  • samathbear

    One of the best lists I’ve read in a long time. Loved it, and shared it with friends. Thank you!

  • SiteShite

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    • Lifeschool

      If I was indeed a blind cunt, perhaps I wouldn’t be reading your worthless comment either.

  • Mira Bel

    Interesting list. I would have preferred a top 10 of famous people who went down with the Titanic. I know the A&S guy and his wife were on that ship.

    • Scott

      And I would have preferred a blow.job from marissa miller. what’s your point?

  • Neel Rao

    If there is a list of Top 10 boring lists, this piece will sit at #1.

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  • Matt

    What an obscure, but fascinating list.

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    Notable Omission: Yesterday’s Top Ten list :)

  • Kyle

    Mauritania was not Titanic’s sister ship, but in fact the sister ship of the Lusitania, which were in fact both members of Cunard, White Star’s main competitor

  • Katie

    I’m not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet, but that perfume is on display at the Titanic exhibit at the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas. The display case they use has little air holes in the side so you can smell the perfume. It’s a fantastic exhibit, with recovered dishes (which look brand new), shoes, clothes, the ship’s whistle (which hasn’t aged a day), and an actual piece of the actual ship’s exterior wall, all recovered from the ocean floor. I highly recommend it.

  • 504KO

    i wait patiently for a list and this is what i get?….. really?…. #wow

    • Scott

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  • Lifeschool

    I thought this was a fascinating list from top to bottom – read every word. Well done for pulling all this together for us Pat, and I knopw how much is involved making a list as easy to read and still interesting. Neat stories. Perhaps after a few more expeditions we might discover even more things.

    @ Dragons Blood. This stuff comes from grinding the sap from the Dragon Tree (Dracaena) – which is native to Western Africa (I saw a huge one on Tenerife), and parts of Asia. The tree sap is very aromatic, and is often used in Incense and candles; which smells very sweet yet with a more ‘middle note’ sweetness rather than the full ‘top note’ fragrance of pure Frankincense. It is often deep red in colour and was often used as a dye clothing when Brazilin (Brazilwood oil) or Carmine (Bettle juice) was unavailable.

    • Lifeschool

      typos optional

  • acc

    Go to any U.S. grocery store and you will find marmalade, jelly and jam.

    • Name2

      Marmalade is more common than it used to be but still not universal. I couldn’t find it art Safeway. I doubt if anyone would find it if they weren’t looking for it and, as I don’t normally use any of those products, I’d never notice it. In a similar vein, I ate Mexican food my entire life but , until I came to Oregon, I had no idea the Mexican cooks ever used cilantro.

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    The crew of the Titanic were supposedly not paid for their time after the ship sank. It sounds petty, but this was common practice at the time, and that’s one reason it’s important to know the exact time of sinking. So they’d know exactly at what time to stop the sailor’s pay.

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  • Greg

    Dracula must have been on board if they had a barrel of “earth”……LOL……wonder if it was marked as being from Transylvania…….

  • p1t1o

    How come there are no conspiracy hypotheses surrounding the sinking of the Titanic? I certainly havn’t heard any. I am surprised.

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  • sad

    i’m from the us and i’ve known what marmalade is. my parents used to buy it all the time. anyhoo this list is disappointing, i was expecting more cooler things. the only thing i learned from it was that in the movie those paintings that rose had went down for real. titantic is one of my fav movies btw. i hope one day the ship will be pulled up and put into a museum. i remember i went to a museum and they had us put our hands into the temp the water was that night. i couldn’t stand it for more than two seconds! poor people what a way to die…i think the onyl thing worse than being frozen alive is being burned alive…

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  • WafflesWafers

    This was an interesting random list which I’ve never even thought about. Oh well, I learn more stuff in Listverse.

  • Mabel

    Neat list; I’ve always been fascinated by the Titanic. If it hadn’t sank, it might have been berthed like the Queen Mary, and we could actually stay on it (the QM is now a floating hotel). Someday I’d like to go on a cruise, preferably on a really nice ship so I can sort of experience what a Titanic person might have. Would be nice to do it on the anniversary, but unless I win the lottery it ain’t gonna happen.

    This might be a good time to do that Titanic miniature room I’ve been thinking about though….

    • jwd_52

      Possibly, but then again it probably would have been scrapped in 1935 when White Star Line and Cunard were joined. R.M.S. Olympic was scrapped during this year and she was the sister ship of Titanic. Also, if it hadn’t have sunk, it probably wouldn’t be as famous today

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