48. Not The Deadliest
The sinking of the Titanic was not the deadliest passenger shipwreck in history. In 1945, 9,000 died aboard Germany’s Wilhelm Gustloff ocean liner. However, the sinking of the Titanic resulted in staggering losses. As you read the passenger statistics by class level, remember that first class cabins were higher up in the ship and third class ones were near the bottom. Titanic statistics vary slightly from one source to another, but the following numbers (percentages are rounded up) provide a realistic view of the disaster:
- Onboard, 68% -- or 1,514 of 2,224 passengers and crew died, which means only 32% survived.
- Crew members totaled 908, but only 212 (23%) survived.
- Passengers fared somewhat better. Out of 1,316, 38% (498) survived.
- Of 325 First Class Passengers, 202
- First Class passengers totaled 325 and 202 survived (62%)
- Second Class passengers totaled 285 and 118 survived (41%)
- Third Class passengers totaled 706 and only 178 (25%) lived to tell about the harrowing disaster.