On the evening of 14th April, 1912 the great
Titanic began to approach an area known
to have numerous icebergs dotted all over.
Smith the captain slightly altered the ship’s course in order to head farther south on the sea, however maintaining the ship’s speed of up to 22 knots.
At around 9: 40 PM a message was sent, warning of an ice field ahead but the message was never relayed to the Titanic’ s bridge and captain.
At exactly 10: 55 PM the nearby Leyland
liner of Californian sent a word that it had
stopped after it was surrounded by ice. A
gentle man, Phillips, who was the one
handling passenger messages, scolded the
Californian who interrupted him. At around
11: 40 PM, about 740 Kilometers south of
Newfoundland, Canada, a huge iceberg was sighted, and the bridge was dully notified of it. First the Officer William Murdoch ordered both the ship to maneuver, bearing in mind that under the order system back then in would turn the ship to port and the engines to be reversed.
The great Titanic began to turn to evade the ice, but unfortunately for the ship, it was too close to avoid a collision with the ice. The ship’ s starboard side dangerously scraped along the iceberg, this made at least five of the ships watertight compartments toward the bow to be badly ruptured.
And upon assessing the damage, Andrews
the engeneer determined that, as the ship’
s forward compartments filled with water,
its bow would then drop deeper into the
ocean, and this would result in water from
the ruptured compartments to enter and
spill over into each following compartment
one after the other, and by so doing, it
would entirely seal the ship’ s fate.
Andrews the engeneer determined that, as the ship’s forward compartments filled with water, its bow would then drop deeper into the ocean, and this would result in water from the ruptured compartments to enter and spill over into each following compartment one after the other, and by so doing, it would entirely seal the ship’ s fate.
However, by reversing the engines,
Murdoch actually made the Titanic to
slowly turn than if it would have had, had it
been moving at its original speed forward.
However, many experts say that the ship
would have somehow survived if it had hit
the iceberg head- on rather than sideways.
The crew team begun to send out distress
signals, and one reached the Carpathia at
around 12: 20 AM on the 15th of April, and
the Cunard ship immediately went toward
However, the Carpathia was some 107 km from the titanic away when the signal was received, meaning it would take more than 3 hours for it to reach the Titanic. Other ships responded as well, even the Olympic, but all were too far away from the titanic. A certain water vessel was actually spotted nearby, but the Titanic was unable to contact it for rescue. The Californian as well was in the vicinity, but its wireless connection had been turned off for the night.
As desperate attempts were made to
contact the nearby vessels, the lifeboats
began to be launched to save the passengers, with orders of women and
children to leave first. However the case
that the Titanic’ s number of lifeboats
badly exceeded the requirement by the
British Board of Trade, its 20 life boats
were only capable of carrying 1, 178
people not more, which was far too short
of the total number of passengers on
board. This problem was badly worsened
by the lifeboats being launched way below
capacity, because the crewmen were so
worried that the davits would be unable to
actually support the total weight of a fully
loaded boat. The Lifeboat number 7, which
was the first to be launched held only
about 27 people, though it had a capacity
to hold up to 65. In the end, only 705
people would be rescued in lifeboats which
was below the number of people on board.
As the Titanic’ s bow continued to slowly
and constantly sink, the stern began to rise
slowly out of the water, placing incredible
weight on the midsection and at around 2:
00 AM the stern’ s propellers were so
visible up above the water, and the only
lifeboats that actually remained on the ship
were 3 fragile and collapsible boats.
Smith the captain then released the crew, saying that it was every man for himself. He was last seen in the bridge, but his body was
never found. At around 2: 18 AM the lights
on the Titanic went off and it then broke in
two, with the bow of the ship slowly going
below the water. The stern on the other
hand later settled back in the water before
it rising yet again, eventually becoming
vertical. It shortly remained above water at
that position then begun its final plunge. At
exactly 2: 20 AM the entire ship foundered
as the stern also disappeared underwater.
Hundreds of passengers as well as the entire crew went into the icy water. Fearful of being swamped, those on the lifeboats
actually delayed to return to rescue the
survivors. By the time they circled back,
almost all the people in the water had died
due to cold. More than 1, 500 passed on.
Majority of the women also refused to
walk away from their husbands and sons