Final Sunset

Final Sunset


Sunset - Sunday evening, April 14th 1912.

The Royal Mail Ship Titanic has completed day five of her maiden voyage to New York.

These past five days have been near perfect and the passengers have experienced calm seas and seasonable temperatures for April. Sunday afternoon passengers walking the decks after lunch felt a sharp drop in the air temperature. A few of the deck crew mentioned to several passengers that this temperature drop means that the ship is in the vacinity of ice - a common condition in April on the North Atlantic.  Many declined to stay outside and went in to the public rooms where it was warm.  First Class ladies retired to the Library and Writing room located on the port side forward on B-Deck.

It was the perfect time to catch up on those letters and post cards to those back home. The ship was scheduled to arrive in New York very early on Wednesday morning but, there was talk among some of the stewards that Titanic might well arrive late on Tuesday night. It was expected that Titanic would steam even faster on Monday when the final five boilers would be lighted and the ship would reach her top speed of nearly 24-knots.

It was all so very exciting and provided spirited conversations among the ladies as they passed the time before getting ready for another sumptious diner. The gentlemen also had their indoor retreats and many made themselves comfortable in the richly paneled Smoking Room with all those comfortable leather armchairs.

Warm drinks and cigars were enjoyed as well as talk of Titanic's many wonders and of a flawless maiden voyage so far. Perhaps this would be a record crossing as it appeared that the ship was moving faster through the calm seas. The rumble and vibration of the engines was steadily increasing as speed was gradually increased every day.

The latest posting on the bulliton board stated that Titanic had covered over 550 miles from noon on Saturday to noon Sunday. Monday would show an even greater burst of speed.

The younger set - those in their early twenties and the younger married couples went to the newly inovative Cafe Parisian, located aft on B-deck starboard side where Hot lemonades and sandwiches were a big hit.  

The passengers in the Second Class took full advantage of the recent cold snap and retreated to their public rooms as well. The gentlemen to their Smoking Room and the ladies to the Library.

The children were happy to amuse themselves on the covered promenade deck playing hoops and other games. Those in the Third Class or Steerage also had many activities to occupy themselves in their public spaces. The ladies and children gathered in the Common Room aft located under the poop deck or stern of the ship. The men had their own Smoking Room and Lounge also located there.

The two dining rooms on E-deck were open and hot drinks and sandwiches were available. The large open deck at the stern was almost deserted due to the cold weather and wind produced as the ship moved through the water. It was much more pleasant below deck. After the evening meal there would be singing and dancing for all to enjoy.

At sunset Titanic had covered an additional 130 miles since the posted noon position. Tomorrow, Monday, would show an even better record with all boilers on line and Titanic finally reaching her top speed.  


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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