Since today is Maritime Day, I thought we should look at a few interesting bits of maritime related trivia. Here’s a few things I found fascinating:
Compared to the Allure of the Seas cruise ship (currently the largest), the Titanic would seem small. The Allure of the Seas is 1,187 ft long (almost a quarter of a mile) while the Titanic was only 882 ft in length. Allure has 16 passenger decks, the Titanic, 9. The Allure caries 6,296 passengers while the Titanic only carried 2435 guests—and didn’t have enough lifeboats for all of them!
2. You won’t believe this about fish! (It’s to do with shipping)
Ever wonder why things are shipped all over the world. Answer: Low price. It costs so little for shipping that rather than fillet its own fish, Scotland can send its cod 10,000 miles across the ocean to China to be filleted, and then sent back for less than the price of doing it themselves.
3. That’s some long trip
4. Canadian Content: The Longest Maritime Border
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the longest maritime boundary is that between the Danish dependent territory of Greenland and Canada at 2,697 km 1,676 miles. (We’re still negotiating over tiny Hans Island however.)
5. Don’t mess with the U.S. Navy
The United States has the most and the largest aircraft carriers in the world.