11 April 1912
After an evening and full night of sailing Titanic was approaching her next and last port of call, Queenstown, Ireland. During the early morning hours of Thursday the officers on the bridge put the new liner through additional steering maneuvers to further test the ship’s handling abilities.
To those out on deck for an early morning walk noticed the ship’s wake trailing behind the Titanic forming several lazy curves to port and starboard. The ships speed was steadily increasing and she was now at nearly 20 knots. The weather was slightly overcast but the seas remained calm. After a hearty breakfast many passengers positioned themselves on deck to observe the Titanic’s approach to the Irish port.
A few passengers in Second Class who were once Irish immigrants to America were very anxious to catch a glimpse of their homeland once again. America had been good to them. Providing good paying jobs. They were small business owners and teachers who now felt that they could return to England and Ireland and revisit their families.
There were a few passengers who had actually provided the money for some of their relatives to join them on this maiden voyage to America and begin a new life. It was a most rewarding time in their life. The future looked bright.
Titanic sailed through the Irish Sea and slowly reduced her speed on the approach to Queenstown Harbor. She make a majestic turn to port and slowly entered the harbor. Because of her great size Titanic had to anchor out on the roadstead. She dropped both her 16 ton bow anchors and came to a stop. It was shortly past eleven am.
Titanic would remain anchored for slightly over two hours where she would take on additional Second and Third Class passengers and the Irish mails destined for America. Two tenders, the America and Ireland departed the White Star dock and slowly made their way out to the magnificent liner that was now bathed in bright sunlight. On board Titanic a small group of passengers who had boarded in Southampton and were only booked to Queenstown made ready to board the tender America with their luggage. They were going to take a holiday tour of the Irish countryside.
With this small group was a young man who was training for the priesthood, Frances Browne. He was invited by the O’Dell family to join them for the beginning of Titanic’s maiden voyage. Mr. Browne was more than happy to go and he had a brand new camera in his possession and was eager to photograph the New Titanic during his brief voyage.
These dozen or so photographs are the only record of life on board the Titanic during her short life. They were a stunning photographic tribute to the ship. Mr. Browne would visit his Uncle, a Bishop, in Ireland. While this small group of travelers prepared to disembark the ship another person was also leaving.
He was a stocker from the engine room. He was deserting the Titanic and used his signing on board as only a quick and cheap means to return to his native Ireland. He stowed away under the canvas that covered the luggage and mails that were destined for Ireland.
Also arriving on board the Titanic for a brief visit were several Irish vendors who were allowed to board the ship and to sell their wares to the rich and prosperous passengers. Members of the Irish press were also welcomed on board to tour the new ship and sample the hospitality of the White Star Line’s many bars.
With all passengers and mail now on board Titanic gave three might blasts of her whistles signaling she was now ready to depart. The anchors were raised and the engines slowly turned over. The ship made a graceful turn to starboard and headed back out into the Irish Sea. Her next port of call will be New York City where she is scheduled to arrive early the following Wednesday morning thus, completing the first leg of her historic maiden voyage.
A total of two thousand two hundred and twenty seven souls were now embarked on board the Titanic. Ahead lay five full days of life at sea.
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