Today 100 years ago (14 April 1912) Titanic hit an iceberg starboard side at 11:40 pm (ship time) and began taking in water fast. Five of the ship’s watertight compartments were breached, and it was soon clear that she was not going to stay afloat. As she could not survive more than four compartments being flooded. She began sinking bow-first, taking in more water from compartment to compartment as her angle in the water became steeper.
**(Ship’s time would have been around GMT -3 as in those days the UTC system was not in place yet UTC -3 is ADT – Atlantic Daylight Time which is used in summer / In winter they use AST – Atlantic Standard Time)
Two hours and forty minutes after she hit the iceberg, she began sinking fast, her forward deck was underwater and she was still taking in more water from below. Not long after her stern rose out of the water, exposing her propellers, she split apart between the third and forth funnels due to the strain on the keel.
The stern remained afloat for a few minutes longer, rising to a nearly vertical angle, hundreds of people still clinging to it.
**(Imagine for a second how horrifying this must have been, knowing that the water is freezing, -2°C to be exact)
At 2:20 am 15 April 1912, it sank, breaking loose from the bow section. Only 13 of the passengers and crew that went into the freezing water, were saved, the rest died within minutes of hypothermia, cardiac arrest or drowning.
1 517 people lost their lives that early morning of the 15th of April 1912, 100 years ago. And less than a third of those on board survived, only 710.
So close to where she was headed. She was rediscovered 1 September 1985 and above is a diagram showing the route of Titanic’s maiden voyage, with the co-ordinates of her sinking.
What was very interesting to me is that she was launched on 31 May 1911 but not christened, superstitious… yes I am!!! There must be some reason why these traditions are in place. Hopefully the Titanic 100th Anniversary Cruise ship was christened.