Corrected entry: When Rose is arriving in New York half asleep, she looks at the Statue of Liberty, which is the same colour as now (green). But if you visit the Statue of Liberty, you'll find a plate telling you that the original color was brown, and it took over 35 years for it to change colour. The Statue of Liberty was placed there in 1886, so in 1912 it should have still been partly brown.
New this week Correction: There is a newspaper report saying the statue was turning green by 1902. And newspaper reports from 1906 actually say the statue was entirely green by then and people were protesting to leave it green as opposed to the city who, at first, wanted to paint her back brown. It is even mentioned on statue of liberty frequently asked questions that she was all the way green by 1906.
Corrected entry: When Jack gets handcuffed the master of arms says 'over here, son', the way he addressed him since the diamond was found in his pocket. The subtitles read 'over here, sir'. He surely wouldn't call a third-class delinquent 'sir'.
New this month Correction: Firstly, the subtitles are correct. Secondly, as a member of the ship's crew, he would have been trained to be polite to passengers regardless of their social class.
Corrected entry: While the ship is sinking, it is night time and so all outside scenes are dark. However, when the film cuts inside to the grand staircase, the glass ceiling shows that it is daytime.
Correction: The glass dome was, in fact, lit from the back at night time.
Corrected entry: When Andrews is on the deck and the crew are lowering the boats, he walks down a staircase, (not the grand) you see a vent, used to bring air into the ship. But all of the vents had motors, and you can see this one doesn't; even though it is still there on the wreck.
Correction: When Titanic was built, it was built in a manner which hid the vent motors behind panelling. The motors are visible on the wreck because the wood has been eaten away.
Corrected entry: When Ruth and Molly are getting into the lifeboat, at one point you see someone passing a blanket for someone to put in the lifeboat. It is a plaid blanket. Later when Jack and Cal are trying to convince Rose to get into the lifeboat, before Cal puts his jacket on Rose, it is the same blanket. When she is in the lifeboat at the end of the movie, it is the same blanket. Also, after Jack saves Rose from jumping off the ship in the beginning, and Jack is about to be arrested, the same blanket is on Rose's shoulders.
Correction: How do you know it's the same blanket? It seems more likely this is just one "type" of blanket that White Star, the company that owns Titanic, would have supplied to its cruise ships. All the deck chairs would likely have blankets put on them or be placed nearby for passengers to use when they're sitting out on the deck. It would be logical that all of the blankets were the same color and design. Therefore, you'd see more than one person covered with the same plaid blanket.
Corrected entry: After Molly Brown says, "Well there's something you don't see every day," we get a slow shot zooming in on the ship. Pay close attention to the door on the right side of the screen, just above the waterline, you can see lots of water gushing out. Water doesn't do that; it wouldn't rise above the sea level.
Correction: Yes it would if the pressure below decks is higher than atmospheric pressure.
Corrected entry: When asking Jack about his rootless existence, Rose's mother lifts her wine glass. She holds the glass around the stem. There are two brief shots of Molly and Jack (lasting 5 seconds) and when we see Rose's mother again, she is drinking from the wine glass, but now holding around the cup itself. Yes - she could in theory have put the glass down, changed her grip and lifted it again during the 5 seconds - but much more likely, it is a continuity error.
Correction: More likely doesn't mean absolutely, and 5 seconds is plenty of time to change grip.
Corrected entry: Cal and Rose's cabin is on the port side of the ship. On the morning of 14 April, when they are having breakfast, the sun comes in through their windows directly from the side, and actually a bit from the front. As the ship was sailing West, that puts the sun in the Southwest where it only is in the afternoon.
Correction: That far north, at that time of the year, the sun is always in the southern part of the sky, both morning and afternoon.
Corrected entry: Why does Brock call Caledon a 'son of a bitch' during the dive? At that time he doesn't know he was a bad guy. He was just a wealthy man who lost some expensive jewelry at a ship disaster.
Correction: In this instance the phrase is just a generic expression, not a condemnation of his personality.
Corrected entry: On deck during the sinking Cal says about Jack's drawing 'Too bad I didn't keep it. It will be worth a lot more in the morning'. But he did keep it! He actually even put it back in the safe.
Correction: Cal meant with him when he gets off the ship. Since the ship is sinking, the safe will be at the bottom of the ocean very shortly. Besides he was probably being sarcastic.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Jack and Cal are trying to persuade Rose to enter a lifeboat, light rain can be seen falling in alternate shots, for example as Cal is saying 'I have an arrangement with an officer on the other side of the ship'. There was no rain during the sinking it was a calm night. This mistake also shows that the scene was filmed on separate days, as the rain is only seen in some shots.
Correction: I believe the 'rain' to be spitting from the water used in the shot on set. Many of the scenes were filmed in a studio where rain would not occur.
Corrected entry: And the end, Rose changes her name to Dawson, unofficially. First, doesn't anybody notice that there is a Rose Dawson arriving in New York who wasn't on the ship when it left? Second, Lewis Bodine says that he tracked Rose down all the way to the twenties. Shouldn't he have noticed that the first record of her was the day the Carpathia arrived in New York? Where she was already 17 or so? Even if she did manage to falsify a birth certificate, shouldn't there be any more records of her?
Correction: The short answer to the questions in this submission is "no". In 1912, passenger manifests were notoriously inaccurate, especially international transports like the Titanic. The ship made two stops before heading across the Atlantic (France and Ireland); people got on and off the ship in both places with poor record keeping. Accounts still today differ on the number of people lost in the accident, mainly because no accurate passenger manifest could be verified. International IDs were non-existent for most immigrant passengers, and many changed their names upon arrival in America. It would not have been unusual at all for someone with a new name to have "emerged" from the rescued passengers, and in the confusion and chaos surrounding the sinking, most immigrant passengers melted into the community. Rose could have reported her papers lost on the ship (a last minute passenger, much like Jack was in the movie) and gotten a new birth certificate in that era without much difficulty.
Corrected entry: In 1912, it would have been highly unlikely that Rose would have been able to get into and out of a dress in an automobile to have sex. She would have had multiple pieces of underclothes (corset, chemise, etc) that all would have come off as well as her dress. Then, suddenly she's dressed again and they're running away. And no, she would not have been able to leave those things behind as her dress would have been fitted for her corset. I have worn them before for costume purposes and authentic corsets take time to get them on and off.
Correction: We don't know what the dress was actually used for, it could have been for lounging around without a corset or something like that. Therefore we cannot determine whether she needed a corset and whether she wore one during these scenes. As for her underclothes, the chemise and drawers she would have been wearing wouldn't take too long to take off.
Corrected entry: When the alarm sounds that a iceberg is ahead and the officer orders a hard turn to avoid the iceberg, the crew steers hard to the left. However when he reverses the screw [propeller] the underwater footage shows the right screw coming to a stop and then reversing. This would make the ship try to steer to the right by the right screw pushing water forward. thus cancelling out or limiting the effect of the rudder steering left. The left screw would need to be reversed to aid this left turn.
Correction: Except this is what the crew actually did. The Titanic was poorly designed in this manner, where reversing caused much slower turning.
Corrected entry: Just before Jack and Rose return to Cal's room in the scene where Jack is framed for stealing the necklace, Cal says he wants the entire room photographed. Was someone forgetting that this movie is set in 1912, a time when photography was extremely low-key to what it is today?
Correction: What does that have to do with anything? Low-key or not, Cal was rich and if he wanted it all photographed, he could get his wish anytime.
Corrected entry: When the ship is leaving Southhampton, there is an underwater shot of all three propellers starting to rotate together. This is incorrect as the middle turbine engine ran of the waste low pressure steam from the outer wing reciprocating engines, thus the outer engines would have to be running for some time before steam was fed to the turbine. The turbine was only used when getting the ship up to full speed, not maneuvering in ports. Also the three props started revolving at 60-70 revolutions per minute, this was a speed that would have given the ship 19 - 21 knots and the ship would have been wrecked in The Solent/Southampton waters if she was lucky with no loss of life.
Correction: Correct, the central propeller was powered by a low pressure turbine taking waste steam from the port and starboard reciprocating engines but was not independently controlled. It would be set in motion virtually at the same time as forward gears were engaged. The only difference was the central prop would not engage whilst in reverse gear. Note that this was the first time Titanic was leaving Southampton and the shipping channel is very narrow so under tug power only, maneuvering a ship of that size required ships power to assist, so 60 / 70 revolutions, whilst would propel the ship at around 21 knots in the open sea, maneuvering would require bursts of such revolutions. If you notice, actual history records that Titanic's propellers created sufficiently strong suction that moorings broke on "SS New York" and brought her on a collision course with "Titanic"
Corrected entry: When the watchtower guys spot the iceberg, the shot cuts to the bridge and the helmsman. The helmsman is directed to come "hard a starboard" which is to the right, and right into the iceberg. The helmsman, however, is shown steering to port/left despite the original command.
Correction: In fact both the command and the helmsman's actions are correct. In 1912, commands were given relative to rudder position, and were, in fact, reversed. This stemmed from the days of non powered vessels, where the tiller would be pushed to the right (starboard) in order to make a port turn. The same is true for Titanic. In order to make a left (port) turn, the front of the rudder would have to point to the starboard (right) side. Although confusing today, this was the correct command in Titanic's day.
Corrected entry: A point is made in the movie, and it is well known, that the water temperature of the ocean where the Titanic sank is near freezing, and at the end after it sinks, the people in the water only last a few minutes before going into an unconscious stupor and then dying. Yet, on the boat, as it is taking on water while it is sinking, Jack and Rose are running around in this freezing water for what seems about 30 minutes with no apparent ill effects. The water could not have been heated substantially, and they simply could not have lasted nearly as long as they did running around in this water as the movie showed without slipping into unconsciousness.
Correction: Incorrect. The water inside the ship is not at the same temperature as the water outside it. The water inside is separated by corridors, stairways, rooms, all of which have some degree of heat from the interior of the ship. Yes it would be cold, but most certainly not near freezing.
Corrected entry: The water is nearly at a freezing temperature, your body can barely function at all in these conditions. For Jack and Rose to be subjected to that condition for that amount of time while inside the lower portions of the ship, without any signs of shivering or real signs of discomfort is unbelievable.
Correction: The water in the lower part of the ship would not be at the freezing level because the water came into the ship via the boiler rooms. By the time the water reached the lower decks it had been traveling through the ship for a little while and would have been warmed up quite a bit. Only the water coming in from the top decks at the end would have been at the freezing point.
Corrected entry: When the Titanic first set out in 1912, almost immediately after leaving the dock, the suction of her propellers drew in a neighbouring ship, the New York. It snapped its lines making sounds like gunshots and the ship came within several feet of slamming into the Titanic's stern. Only the quick thinking of the tugboat captains and Smith (who ordered a touch ahead on the port propeller) stopped it from actually making contact. You'd think that this event would've been at least noticed by Jack or Fabrizio who would've had front row seats, yet it's not mentioned at all in the movie.
Correction: There were several real life events concerning the Titanic that were not portrayed in the movie. The fictional characters Jack and Fabrizio were at the bow of the ship looking forward through the departure, unlikely they would have noticed the near collision taking place at the stern.