Lower The Boats!
Rockets have been fired off in a vain attempt to sumon any ship near enought to see. Officers on Titanic's bridge noticed the lights of another ship estimated to be only five or six miles away. Morse signal lamps were engaged to call this vessel to assist in the removal of Titanic's passengers and crew.
They went unanswered.
It became abundantly clear that there were not enough places in these twenty boats to accommodate even half of those on board. To add to this dilemma, the boats were not even being filled to maximum capacity of 65-persons.
The Officers in charge were reluctant to fully load these boats. They thought they were new and untested and would not hold together if fully loaded. Some of the early boats were launched only half full with passengers and crew.
One boat, Number One on the starboard side, left the ship with only eight passengers and an equal number of crew. Granted this was a smaller boat, but it could have held forty people.
Still, there was no panic on board the sinking ship.
The wireless room was frantically sending out the distress signals to any ship that could hear them. The response was meager. Many vessels heard the distress calls but were too far away to give assistance. Even shore stations in Canada and America picked up Titanic's call for aid.
Only the Cunard cargo-liner Carpathia was closest at 45 miles distance. Her Captain ordered her turned around and increased her speed. Carpathia could make about 14-knots at top speed. The engineers eventually worked her up to an astounding 17-knots.
Even Titanic's sister ship, Olympic 500 miles away heard her calls for assistance. The two ships were to pass each other on Monday in mid-Atlantic. Olympic was on her return voyage from New York to England.
Carpathia would not be able to arrive at Titanic's side for another two hours.
Captain Smith and his officers clearly knew that Titanic would not stay afloat that long. But if they could only raise the attention of that nearby ship - all could be saved...
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
Warnings of Icebergs Ahead
April 14 - 11:40 pm
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