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Titanic: 100 Years: Final Thoughts

Titanic’s Lifeboats in New York Harbor

After leaving the site of the sinking of the Titanic, the Carpathia carried the 705 survivors to New York. They arrived on April 18, 1912. Immediately following their return, an inquiry was held in the United States.  The US Inquiry lasted from April 19 – May 25.  At the same time, a British Inquiry into the sinking was held from May 2 – July 3.  It was determined that the ship was traveling too quickly, ignored several important ice warnings, and was not carrying enough lifeboats for the passengers and crew.  White Star Line owner, Bruce Ismay, was criticized for being among the survivors of the sinking.  It was also determined that the Californian was in the area of the sinking, but the wireless operator had gone to bed after being told to “Shut-up” by the wireless operators on the Titanic.

The loss of life was 1,517.  The fact that the ship did not carry an adequate number of lifeboats for all on board was to blame. There are a number of other contributing factors including: weak steel, calm sea, lack of moon light, the loss of the lookouts’ binoculars, the water-tight bulkheads only extending to E-Deck, and the lack of lifeboats. The important thing to understand, however, with all these weaknesses, the ship met every safety standard of the day. The sinking of the Titanic led to the creation of the Ice Patrol and changes in passenger liner regulations.  The Titanic disaster is the greatest ever recorded in peace time and could have been prevented had the regulations for passenger liners been tougher.

Today, the Titanic is resting on the ocean floor, slowly decomposing. The site is a grave site and should be left alone. Dr. Robert Ballard has repeatedly presented his arguments for leaving the Titanic alone, and I could not agree more. It is a sacred site and should be left alone. RMS Titanic, Inc. has opened the Titanic to salvagers and I refuse to visit any of their sponsored events or exhibits. Leave the wreck alone and allow those who parished on that April night rest in peace.

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Titanic: 100 Years: Titanic Sinks

Newspapers quickly spread the news of the sinking

This post picks up the timeline of the sinking of the Titanic, one hundred years ago today (and early tomorrow, April 15).  Here is the timeline (in local time):

12:00 AM – Captain Edward J. Smith gives the orders to call for help over the raido

12:05 AM – Captain Smith order the lifeboats be prepared for the passengers, knowing full well there would not be enough for everyone aboard

12:25 AM – Lifeboats loading begins, women and children only

12:25 AMCarpathia responds to distress calls, but is 58 miles from the scene

12:45 AM – The first lifeboat is lowered from the ship

2:05 AM – The final lifeboat is lowered from the ship

2:17 AM – Last distress call is sent

2:20 AMTitanic splits between the third and fourth funnels and sinks

3:30 AMCarpathia‘s rockets are spotted by the survivors

Titnaic’s survivors reach the Carpathia

4:10 AM – First lifeboat reaches Carpathia

8:50 AMCarpathia leaves the area for New York City

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Titanic: 100 Years: Titanic Hits an Iceberg

One hundred years ago today, the unsinkable Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage.  What happended over the next two and a half hours has been retold countless times. Here is a timeline of the evening (local time):

11:40 PM – Titanic strikes an iceberg at latitude 41-46N, longitude 50-14W

11:50 PM – Inspections show 14 feet of water in the forward sections of the ship

To be continued…

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Titanic: 100 Years: Titanic Hits the Open Water

The final photo taken of the Titanic, leaving Ireland – never to see land again

Today, one hundred years ago, April 11, 1912, Titanic continued its maiden voyage.  After stopping in Cobh (Queenstown), Ireland at 11:30 AM (local time), the Titanic hit the open sea.  The Titanic experienced smooth sailing for the next several days.

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Titanic: 100 Years: Maiden Voyage Begins

Titanic docked in Southampton

On this day, one hundred years ago, April 10, 1912, the Titanic sat in Southampton, England preparing for her maiden voyage.  Here is a timeline of the day (local time):

9:30-11:00 AM – Passengers arrive and board Titnaic

12:00 PMTitanic leaves Southampton, having a near collision leaving the harbor

6:30 PMTitanic arrives in Cherbourg, France to take on more passengers

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Titanic: 100 Years: Sea Trials

Titanic leaving for sea trials

Today, one hundred years ago, April 2, 1912, the Titanic underwent Sea Trials and arrived in Southampton, England on April 3 to prepare for the maiden voyage.  It was reported that sea trials were successful.

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Titanic: 100 Years: Fitting Out Complete

Titanic in dry dock.

On this day, one hundred years ago, March 31, 1912, the Titanic’s fitting out was complete.  The process of fitting out was delayed, however, due to a collision of Titanic’s sister ship, Olympic, with a Royal Naval Cruiser.

Titanic (Left) and Olympic in dry dock together.

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