Sunday, April 14, 2013
On this day, Titanic was steaming ahead. She had church services in her respective classes and then a lovely afternoon. At dinner, in 1st class, the Wideners held a party in the A La Carte Restaurant in honor of Captain Smith with the creme of the crop there. At 11:40 P.M., Fred Fleet spotted the iceberg. The crew of the Titanic tried to miss the berg, but it was too close. She hit and damaged more watertight than she could handle. Titanic from that point on was doomed.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
101 years ago today, Titanic arrived at her final port, Queenstown. She took on mostly Steerage passengers including Daniel Buckley. It is rumored that when some salesmen came on board to sell their goods, John Jacob Astor spent a good deal on some goods. Some people disembarked here like Father Browne with his camera and some of the only known photographs of the Titanic interiors. Like Cherbourg, the docks in Queenstown were too small for the Titanic and so a tender had to bring the passengers, cargo, and mail on board. At the appointed time, Titanic left Queenstown. It was the last time that Titanic and 1,496 people on board would see land again.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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".