Wednesday, April 10, 2013
101 Years Ago Today, April 10
101 years ago today, Titanic set sail from Southampton on her maiden and final voyage. Thomas Andrews and J. Bruce Ismay were the first passengers on board. Among those also boarding at were the Strauses and Archibald Gracie in 1st class, Annie Funk and Kate Bussin 2nd class, and the Deans and Goodwins in 3rd class. It was a cloudy day, but that didn't hamper the excitement much as the largest and most luxurious ship ever built set sail, bringing pride to the hearts of the British and Irishmen. As the Titanic was leaving, the suction from the enormous liner caused the SS New York's cables to snap and her stern to be drawn towards the Titanic. The collision was avoided by the will of providence and Captain Smith's quick thinking. For the rest of the voyage, the near collision was the subject of many conversations. Afterwards, Titanic stopped at Cherbourg, France. None of the docks in that port would fit the Titanic. The passengers, mail, and cargo therefore had to be ferried on smaller boats. Among those that boarded were John Jacob Astor and his pregnant wife Madeline, Benjamin Guggenheim and his party, the Laroche family, and Margaret Brown who would later be known as the "Unsinkable Molly Brown".