It was April 14, 1912 in 33 degree weather. The captain had just gone to bed and 1st Officer Murdoch was in charge. It was around 11:35 when suddenly, the bell rang three times which was the signal for danger. The phone rang and Murdoch answered. The voice of Fredrick Fleet came on saying "Iceberg right ahead!". Murdoch immediately reversed the engines and ordered the Quartermaster Robert Hitchens to turn the ship. Slowly, the ship turned but it wasn't quick enough and the iceberg struck the ship at approximately 11:40. They saw the iceberg quickly drift out of sight. "The captain came up asking what have we struck?" "An iceberg sir" came the reply. Captain Smith then called for Thomas Andrews, the designer of the ship. When Andrews came, Smith explained the situation and Andrews and Smith went to inspect thedamage. Once Andrews saw the water rising in the 6th water tight compartment, Andrews knew the ship was to founder. Steam then started spewing out of the forward funnel and that aroused a few people. The lifeboats were starting to be filled with passengers and a little bit of crew around midnight. By around 12:12, the first boat was lowered with only 1/4 of the capacity. Each lifeboat could hold 64 people but the first boats were lowered with around 20 to 50 passengers and crew. Soon, the boats began filling with more and more people. One was so over crowded, that the officer ordered one person to get off. One anonymous woman got out and said, "Many of you have husbands, children, and wives at home; I do not." She then walked away.
By 1:05, the last boat had left and Officer Lightoller was getting Collapsible B down
off the roof of the Officer's Quarters on the port side while Officer Murdoch was doing the same with Collapsible A on the Starboard side. The water washed the boats as soon as they got the boats down. Around 1:20, the forward funnel fell crushing John Jacob Astor and a dozen others. Just after the forward funnel collapsed, a wave washed over the deck crashing through the Grand Staircase and carrying Jack Thayer and Milton Long off the ship. The ship slid rising higher and higher until something happened and the TITANIC broke apart between the third and fourth funnel. This carried the Aft Grand Staircase, Lounge, Smoking Room, and some cabins. Finally, around 2:20, the great TITANIC took the final plunge leaving over 1,500 dead and survivors in small boats in the vast ocean. The TITANIC's bow section hit the bottom
bow first crushing the bottom tip and twisting the shape. The stern had air pockets not filling all the way and imploded on the way down and left a wreck that looked like a bomb exploded inside. Next came a slow rain of things that fell out. Only one survivor is still living today.