TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION - SETTING SAIL TO THE LAST GOODBYE
Titanic Timeline of Events
April 2nd, 1912, 8:00 pm: Titanic leaves Belfast, where it was built, for Southampton.
April 10th, 1912, 12:00 pm: Titanic starts maiden voyage, leaving Southampton and ventures to Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown, Ireland. (this is considered the official sailing date for the Ship)
April 11th, 1912, 1:30 pm: Titanic raises anchor for the last time and leaves Queenstown.
April 14th, 1912, Morning: Lifeboat drills were neglected after church services, although the crew has to complete the procedure
April 14th, 1912, 10:55 pm: Carpathia, completely surrounded by ice, stops for the evening and warns the Titanic of the impending danger
April 14th, 1912, 11:40 pm: Frederick Fleet sights an iceberg.
• First Officer Murdoch gives the “hard a-starboard” order while having the engines stopped and reversed.
• The Ship, traveling at approximately 21 knots (26 mph), turned slightly to the left, avoiding a head-on collision. Below the water the iceberg punctures the hull.
• Five, possibly six of the Titanic’s watertight compartments flood.
• Captain Smith assesses the damage and orders his telegraph operators to send the distress signal, “CDQ,” after estimating the ship will remain afloat for two hours.
April 15th, 1912, 12:00 am: Captain Smith gives the order to uncover the lifeboats and evacuate the women and children.
April 15th, 1912, 12:45 am: First lifeboat leaves the Ship with only 19 aboard, although it could carry 65.
April 15th, 1912, 1:15 am: Titanic’s bow begins sinking as the last of the lifeboats are lowered into the water. An estimated 1,500 people were left stranded on the sinking boat
April 15th, 1912, 2:20 am: Titanic sinks.
April 15th, 1912, 4:10 am: The Carpathia reaches the survivors; only 705 people were saved
• 1,523 men women and children perished
April 18th, 1912, 9:00 pm: Carpathia arrives in New York with Titanic survivors
April 26th – May 3rd, 1912: After seven days of searching, the Mackay-Bennett recovered a total of 306 bodies. Of these, 116 were buried at sea and of this number, only 56 were identified