Westward Bound -North Atlantic
Titanic steadily sailed west – destination New York. She would make her triumphant grand entrance into New York harbor the following Wednesday morning where she would receive the accolades of all and most importantly, the American press who would be feted on board the ship at her pier on the North river. She would be the largest ocean liner the world and the biggest ship to ever enter New York harbor.
Titanic has completed her brief stay at the port of Queenstown. After her arrival in early afternoon additional Third Class passengers and the Irish mails were taken on board the ship. Also at this time several First Class passengers left the Titanic including the O’Dell family and a Seminarian in training, Francis Brown. Mr. Brown had with him a brand new camera and several photographic plates. He made it his business to photograph the Titanic’s departure from Southampton and her near collision with the American Line steamer New York. He also photographed many of the public rooms and spaces on board. His images were crystal clear and most revealing. They were the only photos to survive the shipwreck and give us a glimpse of life on board Titanic. After this party left the ship additional photos were taken of Titanic as she lay anchored in the roadstead of Queenstown harbor.
While Titanic was at anchor a group of Irish sellers of fine lace and woolens were allowed to board the ship and set up and offer their wares along the First Class promenade deck. Sales were brisk amongst the wealthy passengers. John Jacob Astor bought over $2000. worth of fine lace for his young wife, Madeline. After the additional passengers were embarked, the mails and baggage loaded, and the sellers left the ship to return to the dock, Titanic gave three mighty blasts of her whistles announcing her imminent departure. The starboard anchor was raised and secured and the great ship slowly got underway. Additional photos were taken of her departure by Mr. Brown and the O’dells. Titanic slowly made a turn to starboard in a great arc and departed Queenstown.
On board now were 2,227 souls. Over 1,500 passengers and nearly 800 officers and crew. As Titanic entered the Irish Sea and rounded the southern coast of Ireland she set her course for the north Atlantic and New York. The passengers of all three classes were now becoming used to the many accommodations on board Titanic. It was now much easier to find one’s way about this vast luxurious vessel. Ahead lay six additional days on the ocean. Who knows what additional special features would be revealed to them as they continued to explore the new White Star liner.
The sun was about set in the west. Titanic was now on her course. Her speed steadily increasing to 21 knots. Below decks the “black gang” stockers and trimmers were hard at work to continuously keep her boilers well fed to maintain this speed. No luxury here. Just hard, back breaking and sweaty work. Four hours on and four hours off, around the clock. Barely enough time to eat and have a bit of rest before the next shift begins. These men were glad to finally have a steady paying job to provide their families with a decent way of life back home in Southampton. So much depended upon them on shore and on board. White Star Line needed these men to move their vessels across the oceans of the world transporting passengers, mails and cargoes. On this day, Thursday, April 11th, 1912 all looked bright and rosy for all concerned. White Star Line now had two splendid ocean liners in service with a third to follow in 1915. The immigrants on board were looking forward to a new and prosperous life in America. The First Class passengers had a brand new luxurious ocean liner to cater to their every whim. Most importantly Titanic provided work for over 800 men and women in times of severe unemployment and labor strife in England.
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