Away All Boats!
On board the Titanic, the passengers are now fully aware that the ship in in a perilous condition. Many of the earlier lifeboats have been launched only half filled with passengers. It's also now clear that there were not enough boats to accommodate all those on board.
Had Titanic been full there would have been nearly three thousand five hundred passengers and crew on board. But due to the recent coal strike in England many passengers had canceled their sailings and the ship was carrying slightly over 2,200 people total.
Had she been fully loaded the death toll would have been almost double. The time is 1:50 am Monday 15 April. There are only four boats left on board and two of those were stored upside down atop the Officer's Quarters behind the ship's bridge.
At this time the Captain has entered the radio room as the two two wireless operators are busy sending out frantic calls for assistance and saying "Men, you have done your full duty. Now its every man for himself. I release you". Captain Smith turned and walked back to the bridge in solitude. He had much on his mind.
The many unheaded ice warnings received over the past few days. The lack of sufficient lifeboats to save all on board. This maiden voyage was to be his last as Commodore of the White Star Line. He was due to retire upon Titanic's return to Southampton on April 27th...
The forward decks are now awash as the bow sinks below the sea. The waves are now washing over the B-deck forward railings and the ship is visibly sinking to those in the lifeboats. There are over fifteen hundred people still on board Titanic. Tragically their future survival is in doubt. The temperature of the water is now below freezing.
Survival time is under fifteen minutes before hypothermia sets in and death quickly follows. The end quickly approaches...
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