RMS Titanic: Timeline of Disaster

Video highlights from Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron

Ever wondered what the timeline was from it's first design to it's tragic disaster?


•    July 1908 the design for the Titanic is approved.

•    January 1912 Only 16 wooden lifeboats are fitted onboard the Titanic.

•    April 10, 1912 Passengers in Southampton, England, board the ship and the Titanic begins her maiden voyage.

•    April 11, 1912 after stopping in France, the Titanic picks up more passengers in Queenstown, Ireland.

•    April 12 & 13, 1912 The Titanic sails through calm waters.

•    April 14, 1912 throughout the day seven iceberg warnings are received.

•    April 14, 1912 - 11:40 P Lookout Frederick Fleet spots an iceberg dead ahead.

•    The iceberg strikes the Titanic on the right side of her bow.

•    April 14, 1912 - 11:50 P Fourteen feet of water pour into the front part of the ship.

•    April 15, 1912 - Midnight the captain is told the ship can only stay afloat for a couple of hours.

•    April 15, 1912 -12:05 A the order is given to uncover the lifeboats and to get passengers and crew ready on deck.

•    There is only room in the lifeboats for half of the estimated 2,200 on board.

•    April 15, 1912 -12:25 A the lifeboats begin loading women and children first. The Carpathia, southeast of the Titanic by about 58 miles, picks up the distress call.

•    April 15, 1912 - 12:45 A the first lifeboat is safely lowered away with only 28 of the 65 seats filled.

•    April 15, 1912 - 2:05 A the last lifeboat departs, leaving over 1,500 people on the sinking ship.

•    The tilt of Titanic's deck grows steeper and steeper.

•    April 15, 1912 - 2:17 A the last radio message is sent. The captain announces “Every man for himself.”

•    April 15, 1912 - 2:20 A the Titanic's broken-off stern settles back into the water, becoming more level for a few minutes. Slowly fills with water and tilts its end high into the air before sinking into the sea. People in the water slowly freeze to death.

•    April 15, 1912 - 3.30 A the Carpathia's rockets are spotted by the survivors.

•    April 15, 1912 - 4:10 A the first lifeboat is picked up by the Carpathia.

•    April 15, 1912 - 8:50 A the Carpathia leaves the area bound for New York. She has on board 705 survivors of the Titanic disaster.


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