Departs Cherbourg, France


Departs Cherbourg


Dusk descended as Titanic rode at anchor with all lights.  After embarking over 400 additional First, Second and Third Class passengers, Titanic weighs anchor and departs the port of Cherbourg at 8:10 pm on route to Ireland with lights aglow.

As one observer said later, “perhaps then, more than at any other time, she was the lovely ship that people thought her to be. Her outline ws etched clearly in light, with each porthole gleaming like a star, and the mast head lamps winking in the wavering breeze”.

On board the new White Star liner dinner is being served for the first time in all three classes. Passengers were treated to some of the finest cuisine afloat and the service was the very best then available. Even the Third Class passengers were later to remark that the food on board Titanic was the best they had ever eaten.

This first night of the maiden voyage was truly memorable to all on board. The seas were clam as Titanic navigated the English Channel and Irish Sea enroute to Ireland. Titanic steadily increased her speed as she traversed the English Channel. Heading almost due West on her course to Ireland.

The recently embarked passengers were settling down in their new accommodations. To many, especially the Third Class passengers, this was an exciting new experience. They found themselves in a state of wonder at the magnificence of the ship’s interiors. Hot and cold running water at their fingertips. A clean lavatory just down the hall from their cabins and stewards to answer their questions.

Even those who spoke no English, and there were many from the European countries, the stewards could help them out with a kind gesture and a smile. They had never been exposed to such luxury before in their lives.

The children ran up and down the corridors, laughing and playing tag with each other. Mothers gathered in groups to compare notes on the beauty of their new traveling home. The men gathered in the smoking room aft under the Poop deck for a cigar and perhaps a drink or two before meeting the ladies for dinner. They even had their own full service bar.

In Second Class, it was a bit more reserved but nonetheless just as exciting for those who had never sailed on such a magnificent ocean liner before. The children also played in the covered promenade deck located outside of the lounge and smoking room. The windows were partially opened and a nice gentle breeze rolled down the deck.

The ladies strolled along side their frolicking children before going to their cabins below to get ready for dinner. In the First Class, it was quite reserved and far more quiet. The children were in the care of nannies or nurses, and were not to be seen running about un-chaperoned. It just wasn’t done in proper society.

The ladies, assisted by their maids or a stewardess, were changing from their travel clothes into something far more elegant, befitting the luxury of the huge Jacobean dining room that awaited. On B-deck, the gentlemen were in the elegant dark paneled smoking room with its mahogany and leather chairs enjoying a last minute drink and cigar before meeting the ladies for dinner.

There was certainly much to see on this largest ocean liner and new Queen of the White Star Line fleet. The ship moved effortlessly through the gentle swells as she steadily picked up speed. The sun had now set and it was time for dinner.

In First Class there was a choice. Dining in the white paneled main Jacobean room on D-deck or for those who required the very best. The new restaurant on A-deck, run in conjunction with the Ritz Hotel of London afforded the very best food and service available at sea. Passengers could dine here at any time from 8 am to 11 pm every day to a wonderful choice of fine delicacies that were once only available on land.

There was an extra charge, of course, but who was counting? Also, if the passenger elected to take all their meals here, there would be a deduction in the amount charged in the price of their First Class ticket. Considering that the average cost of First Class accommodations on board Titanic ranged in several thousand dollars or more. Dining in the Ritz was a bargain!

Many of Titanic’s elite passengers took at least one or two meals there with their friends and shore acquaintances. It was like old home week to many in First Class. They were accustomed almost every season to sailing with their friends from home.

This year, the Winter “season” in Europe was ending and many were keen on celebrating their return to America with the maiden voyage of Titanic. All was good and right in their best of all possible worlds.



Morning - April 10, 1912

11:45 A.M.: The Titanic blows horns and signals imminent departure.
12:05 P.M.: Lines are cast off and Titanic began her maiden voyage and sails for Cherbourg, France

April 10 - 5:30 pm

Arrives Cherbourg, picks up more passengers

April 10 - 8:30 pm

Picks up anchor and sails for Queenstown

April 11 - 11:30 pm

Arrives Queenstown, picks up more passengers

April 12 & 13

Travels though calm waters

April 14

Warnings of Icebergs Ahead

April 14 - 11:40 pm

Hits Iceberg

April 14 - 11:50 pm

Water had poured in and risen 14 feet in the front part of the ship

April 15, 1912 - 02:20 am.

Titanic fully submerged and sinking down to eternity

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