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Timeline of the Titanic disaster
6:08pm Friday 13th April 2012 in News
- Noon, April 10, 1912: Titanic sets sail from Southampton, with 2,224 persons aboard, including 1,316 passengers and 908 crew. It arrives in Cherbourg, northern France, six-and-a-half hours later.
- April 11, 11.30am: Ship docks at Queenstown (now Cobh) in southern Ireland.
- April 14: First reports of icebergs are received on board.
- April 14, 11.40pm: Ship’s lookout Frederick Fleet spots an iceberg dead ahead, which strikes the vessel on the starboard bow.
- April 14, 11.50pm: Water is already pouring in and risen to around 14 feet at the front of the Titanic. Minutes later Captain Edward Smith issues the first distress message.
- April 15, 12.40am: An hour after the impact, five of the ships watertight bulkheads have been breached, and the first lifeboat is dispatched.
- April 15, 2.15am: Lifeboats have all been deployed but there are still 1,500 people aboard. The ship’s stern has tilted dramatically. heralding the ship’s break-up.
- April 15, 2.20am: Ship breaks in half due to the pressure being placed on the keel - the bow beings its descent to the ocean floor. The stern is briefly upright before plunging downwards. The wreck would not be fully rediscovered until September 1985.
- April, 15, 2am to 8.30am: The Carpathia, the only ship to reach the scene, plucks 705 survivors from the sea and finally heads for New York.
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