The End Is Near 

The End Is Near

 

Captain Smith has returned to the bridge of his last command. He raises a megaphone and calls out his very last order - “Abandon Ship – everyman for himself” as the water washes over him and the bridge slips below the sea.

A wave sweeps along the boat deck washing over everyone left there. The two collapsible boats cannot be launched. There’s no time and they are washed off the decks with several people clinging to their sides. A series of cracks and loud reports, like gunshots, are heard as the stays to the forward funnel give way and the huge funnel breaks loose and topples over and hits the sea with a crash.

Soot and smoke billow upward as the sea now floods into the space where the funnel was. The lights are now growing weaker and they give off a dull reddish glow the power is finally failing. The valiant efforts of the engine room crew is now ended. Slowly the huge rudder and three screws rise out of the water as the bow plunges further under the sea. The ship is quickly upending.

It is now 2:15 am. On board Titanic over fifteen hundred passengers and crew cling to anything that will support them as Titanic starts her plunge to the bottom of the North Atlantic. As the ship upends a tremendous noise is heard as everything on board slides and crashes forward.

Furniture, fixtures, china, crash and add to the incredible thunderous noise of machinery and boilers tearing loose from their seating's in the engine and boiler rooms far below. Everything is crashing forward. The sound was like a huge hardware store being suddenly turned over. The Titanic’s second funnel sinks below the sea as the stern continues to rise out of the sea.

The sound of steel being rendered adds to this racket. The ship is starting to break apart at the after expansion joint just behind the third funnel. It gives way under the immense strain of the after third of the ship being pulled aloft.

The lights will flicker, go out and then flash on for one brief moment then go out forever. Those remaining on board start to jump in a frantic attempt to save themselves from certain death.

The end is near...


 


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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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