A locket salvaged from the ruins of the Titanic carries a real-life love story that’s more heartbreaking than the cult-status romance between Jack and …

74: The number of years it took to find the wreck of the Ship in the Atlantic Ocean. 1,178: The number of people that could be carried in the lifeboats.

Was it real or just made up for the purposes of the movie?

The love story in the film is fictional. Under the command of Edward Smith, the ship leaved Southampton with 2224 passengers aboard, including some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as hundreds of poor emigrants from Europe seeking a new life in North America. In his adolescence, he was hired as a stonecutter. The ship had advanced safety features, but there were not enough lifeboats to accommodate all of those aboard.

Published: 08:45 EST, 16 April 2012 | Updated: 10:20 EST, 16 April 2012.

By 2:20 AM, the giant ship broke apart and foundered, with over 1000 people still aboard. Portaluppi was not supposed to be on the Titanic, but the Astor's invited him on and he was given first class travel, Portaluppi gave different accounts of his survival once the boat went down, among them was that he stayed on a piece of floating ice, Portaluppi's life on Titanic has been compared to that of Jack Dawson, played by Leonardo di Caprio in the 1997 film, Titanic, in which he starred opposite Kate Winslet. He continued to be an adventurer… he fought for Italy in WWI.

One version even had him getting on a lifeboat dressed as a woman because he was listed as Mrs. Portaluppi on the list of survivors. Another version was that he tried to get into a lifeboat, lost his footing and fell into the ocean. Emilio Portaluppi paid £12, 14s, 9d, for a second class ticket, while Madeleine Talmage Astor, wife of tycoon John Jacob Astor, was in first class on a £247, 10s, 9d ticket. We are no longer accepting comments on this article.

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Only 1,178 people can be carried in lifeboats.

It was a storyline created so producers could use history to make an entertaining movie. Claudio Bossi author of a book entitled Titanic, told Discovery News 'Only in the last years of his life, when he returned to Italy, he told the tale of his Titanic journey to local journalists.'.

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