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Titanic Facts
 After the collision, most passengers were not aware that the ship was going to sink
 Titanic was never christened
 Titanic received six ice-warnings the day of the collision
 Titanic had lifeboat space for less than one third her passenger capacity...
 The lookouts had no binoculars
 Titanic's maneuverability had never been tested at full speed
 Many of the lifeboats were launched half-filled
 Titanic had a near-collision as she left the dock in Southampton
 The ship builders knew that Titanic was not unsinkable
 Standard practice for sailing through ice was Full Speed Ahead.
 They knew they were taking a risk
Interesting Facts & Firsts
           Titanic was 883 feet long (1/6 of a mile), 92 feet wide and weighed 46,328
              tons. She was 104 feet tall from keel to bridge, almost 35 feet of which were
                     below the waterline... even so, she stood taller above the water than most urban
         buildings of the time.She was the largest movable object made by man.
                The original design called for 32 lifeboats. However, White Star management
                   felt that the boat-deck would look cluttered, and reduced the number to 20, for
                 a total life-boat capacity of 1178. This actually exceeded the regulations of the
    t ime, even though Titanic was capable of carrying over 3500 people
                                              She also had one of the very first swimming pools ever seen on an ocean liner.
Titanic Time Line

       April 10: Wednesday - Sailing day
             The Titanic casts off and begins her maiden voyage. She has a near miss with the
               steamer New York caused by the suction of Titanic's enourmous displacement
      April 12 and 13: Friday and Saturday
              The Titanic sails through calm, clear weather.
      April 14:
             Sunday Seven ice warnings are received during the day. Reports come in from the Caronia,
              Baltic, Amerika, Californian and Mesaba.

               The Californian sends a wireless message directly to the Titanic telling them that
               they were stopped and surrounded by ice.
               The lookouts, Fredrick Fleet and Reginald Lee, see an iceberg dead ahead. First
               Officer William Murdoch orders the engines reversed and the wheel hard to
               starboard. The Titanic slowly turns to port but it is too late. The iceberg strikes the
               Titanic on the starboard side of her bow. Murdoch activates the ship's watertight
               Captain Smith asks designer Thomas Andrews and the ship's carpenter to conduct
               a visual inspection of the damage. Water has poured in and risen 14 feet in the
               front part of the ship.
     April 15: Monday
               Captain Smith is told that the ship can only stay afloat for a couple of hours. He
               orders radio operators Harold Bride and Jack Phillips to send the distress call.
               Orders are given to uncover the lifeboats and to get the passengers and crew ready
               on deck. But there is only enough room in the lifeboats for about half of the
               estimated 2,227 people on board.
               The order is given to start loading the lifeboats with women and children first. The
               Carpathia, southeast of the Titanic by about 58 miles, picks up a distress call and
               immediately heads, full speed, to the rescue.
               The first of the lifeboats is safely lowered away. It can carry 65 people but pulls
               away from the Titanic carrying only 28! The first distress rocket is fired. Eight
               rockets will be fired throughout the night.
               The tilt of the deck grows increasingly steeper. Lifeboats now begin to leave more
               fully loaded.
               Most of the forward lifeboats have been lowered. Passengers now move towards
               the stern of the ship.
               The last lifeboat leaves. There are now over 1,500 people left on board the sinking
               ship. The tilt of the Titanic's decks grows steeper by the minute.
               The last radio call for help is sent out. Captain Smith tells his crew "It's every man
               for himself!"The Titanic's bow plunges under. Many passengers jump over board.
               The forward funnel collapses, crushing a number of people.
               Items in the ship are heard crashing through walls and falling toward the sinking
               bow. The ship's lights blink once and then go out. Several survivors see the ship
               break in two. The bow section sinks.
               The Titanic's broken off stern section settles back into the water, becoming level
               for a few moments. Slowly it fills with water and again it tilts its end high into the
               air, before sinking into the sea. Those struggling in the icy water slowly freeze to
               The rescue ship, Carpathia's rockets are sighted by the survivors in the lifeboats.
               The first lifeboat is picked up by Carpathia.
               The Carpathia leaves the area bound for New York, carrying 705 survivors.

Courtesy Of Beth Larkee