On Wednesday 10 April 1912 the Titanic's maiden voyage began.
The first three days of the voyage from Queenstown passed without incident. From 11 April to local apparent noon the next day, Titanic covered 484 nautical miles; the following day, 519 nautical miles; and by noon on the final day of her voyage, 546 nautical miles. From then until the time of her sinking she travelled another 258 nautical miles, averaging about 21 knots (24 mph). The weather cleared as she left Ireland under cloudy skies with a headwind. Temperatures remained fairly mild through Saturday 13 April, but the following day Titanic crossed a cold weather front with strong winds and waves of up to 8 feet. These died down as the day progressed until, by the evening of Sunday 14 April, it became clear, calm and very cold.
Titanic received a series of warnings from other ships of drifting ice in the area of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Nonetheless the ship continued to steam at full speed, which was standard practice at the time. It was generally believed that ice posed little danger to large vessels and Captain Smith himself had declared that he could not "imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that.
At 11.40 pm (ship's time), lookout Frederick Fleet spotted an iceberg immediately ahead of Titanic and alerted the bridge. First Officer William Murdoch ordered the ship to be steered around the obstacle and the engines to be put in reverse, but it was too late; the starboard side of Titanic struck the iceberg, creating a series of holes below the waterline. Five of the ship's watertight compartments were breached. It soon became clear that the ship was doomed, as she could not survive more than four compartments being flooded. Titanic began sinking bow-first, with water spilling from compartment to compartment as her angle in the water became steeper.
Episodes On This CD:
Peter Marshall Recount Titanic Peter Marshall .mp3
1912 Charles Lightoller Sinking of the Titanic.mp3
Adv in Research Electronics In Transportation EP 181
CALV 460506 478 The Unsinkable Mrs Brown.mp3
Scoop - SA 73 The Titanic.mp3
Unsolved Mysteries (09) The Writing On The Wall.mp3