The RMS Titanic Time Line


Wednesday, April 10, 1912

7:30 a.m. Captain Smith boards the Titanic

9:30-11:30 a.m. passengers arrive to board the Titanic

12 noon. The Titanic departs Southampton

7:30 p.m. Titanic docks at Cherbourg

9:00 p.m. Titanic leaves Cherbourg and sails to Queenstown

Thursday, April 11, 1912

12:30 p.m. Titanic arrives at Queenstown

1:30 p.m. Titanic leaves Queenstown

Friday, April 12, 1912 - Saturday April 13 1912

Titanic sails 21 knots in fine, calm and clear weather. Chief Engineer reports to the Bridge that the fire in the coal bunkers has been extinguished.

Sunday, April 14, 1912

9:00 a.m. The Caronia reports ice at 42° N 50° W

1:42 p.m. The Baltic reports ice.

1:45 p.m. The Amerika reports 2 large icebergs.

7:00 p.m. Temperature drops to 43° F.

7:15 p.m. The ice warning from the Baltic is received by the Bridge

8:40 p.m. Temperature drops to 33° F. Second Officer Lightoller orders the look outs to maintain sharp observations for icebergs.

9:30 p.m. Captain Smith retires

9:40 p.m. The Mesaba reports pack ice and icebergs in the location of the Titanic. It is not known if this message was ever given to the Bridge or whether Captain Smith saw it.

10:00 p.m. Temperature continues to drop to 32° F but the Titanic sailed on at 22.5 knots.

11:30 p.m. The Californian sends a message to the Titanic advising them that they had stopped due to the ice and that they were surrounded by it. Wireless Operator Jack Phillips cut the message short because he was doing Cape Race

11:40 p.m. Frederick Fleet spots an iceberg. He informs the bridge and emergency manoeuvres are carried out. The Titanic strikes the iceberg. Captain Smith joins Second Officer Murdoch on the Bridge and is told what has happened. Forth Officer Boxhall goes to the Bridge.

11:45 p.m. Captain Smith orders Boxhall to inspect the damage to the hull. He discovers that the Orlop deck was flooded forward of the fourth watertight bulkhead. He then reports to Captain Smith directly. Captain Smith and Thomas Andrews begin to inspect the damage.

11:55 p.m. The post office on "G" Deck forward starts to flood. Following the inspection it was clear that the Titanic was sinking and that the ship had not long to live.

Monday, April 15, 1912

12:00 a.m. Captain Smith ordered a radio call for assistance. Phillips sends the regulation distress signal CQD...MGY...CQD...MGY... The Carpathia received the message and immediately headed to the Titanic's rescue.

12:05 a.m. Captain Smith gives the order to start uncovering the lifeboats

12:15 a.m. The Titanic's distress signal is received by Cape Race and the ships Mount Temple and La Provence. The location of the Titanic as calculated by Boxhall was 41° 44'N 50° 24'W.

12:25 a.m. Captain Smith orders Lightoller to start the evacuation into the lifeboats women and children first. The Carpathia receives the Titanic's call for help.

12:45 a.m. lifeboat number 7 is launched. The first distress rocket is also launched.

12:55 a.m. Lifeboat numbers 5 and 6 are launched

1:00 a.m. Lifeboat number 3 launched

1:10 a.m. Lifeboat numbers 1 and 8 are launched

1:15 a.m. Water level has covered the nameplate of the ship on the bow.

1:20 a.m. Lifeboat number 9 is launched

1:21 a.m. Lifeboat number 10 is launched

1:20 a.m. Lifeboat number 14 is launched

1:25 a.m. Lifeboat numbers 11 and 12 are launched

1:30 a.m. Lifeboat numbers 13 and 15 are launched

1:35 a.m. Lifeboat number 16 is launched

1:40 a.m. Ismay climbs into lifeboat "C" and is launched and the last distress rocket (number eight) is launched.

1:45 a.m. Lifeboat number 2 is launched

1:55 a.m. Lifeboat number 4 is launched

2:05 a.m. Collapsible D is launched

2:10 a.m. Final wireless transmissions made

2:17 a.m. Bride and Phillips exit their post. Collapsible lifeboat numbers A and B float off as the Titanic sinks further into the sea. The ships bow is fully sunk and the stern rises straight up in the air.

2:18 a.m. The lights blink and then finally go out forever. The forward funnel snaps off due the pressure killing many people.

2:19 a.m. The Titanic breaks into two pieces. The bow section sinks but the stern section remains afloat for a moment before sinking.

2:20 a.m. The Titanic sinks. It took 2 hours and forty minutes.

3:30 a.m. The Carpathia's rockets are sighted by those in the lifeboats.

4:10 a.m. The Carpathia rescues lifeboat number 2 and continues picking up survivors until 8:30 a.m.

5:30 a.m. After being advised by the Frankfort of Titanic's loss, the Californian makes for the disaster site.

8:30 a.m. The Californian tries to help the Carpathia

8:50 a.m. The Carpathia leaves the area sets sail to New York. The Carpathia's headcount totalled 705 survivors, the White Star line published 757 and the British Court of Inquiry totalled 711. It is not exactly known how many died that night.

Wednesday, 18 April, 1912

9:25 a.m. The Carpathia docks in New York with the survivors. The surviving crew members are detained for questioning.


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