Sunrise 15 April 1912, 6am:
After her 58 mile dash to reach the stricken Titanic’s side – R.M.S. Carpathia finds little left of the great liner. A number of lifeboats, some half filled others over crowded. No sign of wreckage other than a few lifebelts and one body. Sixteen wooden lifeboats containing a mere 712 survivors out of a combined total compliment of 2.227 passengers, officers and crew.
The seas have remained calm in the early morning light and as the sun rises on this incredible scene - hundreds of icebergs in a vast fields of pack ice surround Carpathia and Titanic’s boats. The Cunarder’s crew begin to hoist up the women and children in slings and coal bags for the children. Some of the passengers are able to climb up the ladders to the side ports and warmth. Stewards are ready to hand out warm blankets and serve coffee and tea to those who want it.
The entire scene is almost surreal – very little is said and spoken. The women are still in shock after seeing their husbands, fathers and sons die in the icy waters after Titanic sank. The surviving Titanic officers are summoned to the bridge of Carpathia where they inform Captain Rostron that Titanic had sunk at 2:20 am. After all the lifeboats were unloaded of their human cargo they were hoisted aboard the Carpathia and secured to her decks. This was all that was left of the 46,000-ton pride of the White Star Line.
As one earlier advertisement stated “The New Queen of the seas – R.M.S. TITANIC” Was no more. Shortly after the boats were on board a head count was taken of the survivors. Names were listed with correct spellings so that these could be forwarded via ships telegraph to shore stations. A memorial service was held for those who were lost. Captain Rostron turned his ship around and now headed back to New York – a port he had only departed four days earlier. Their intended voyage to the Mediterranean now cancelled.
Also at this time the Leland Line cargo ship Californian arrived on the scene after having herd that the Titanic had sunk. This ship was stopped at the northern end of this same massive ice flow. The Californian had tried to warm the Titanic, via wireless, the previous evening that they were surrounded by ice and had stopped for the night. Their wireless operator had been told by Titanic’s operator to “shut up – you’re jamming my signals” as they were trying to relay passengers messages to and from the ship at that time. The hapless operator on the Californian shut off his equipment and turned in for the night!
Meanwhile on the bridge of the same ship the officers of the watch sighted the lights of a rather large steamer to their southeast. After observing her to also stop and put out most of her lights – they surmised that this new ship had encountered the same ice flow and had taken prudent measures for safety sake. Little did they realize that this ship had turned, now facing them, to avoid a huge iceberg thus changing the course of maritime history forever. These same officers observed eight rockets being shot from this same direction. After informing their Captain he only inquired if they were company signals? He went back to his nap as 1,500 people died in nearby waters.
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