On April 10, 1912 after much work had been
done on Titanic, she was ready to take her maiden voyage.
At 882 ft long, 92 ft wide, weighing at 46,000
tons, with 4 beautiful funnels, 29 coal-fired boilers, and 3 screws(propellers), with the power of 50,000 peak
Titanic was the grandest of ships of that era.
The Captain and his officers stood on
the bridge awaiting for the strike of noon. The Captain was getting ready for departure. He stepped out of the bridge,
and on to the starboard wing. He looked back and what he saw was an endless row of steel. Tours were being given to people
who were unfamiliar with Titanic. The tugs were getting into position on the bow some sixty feet below him, and the tours
were ending. The passengers began boarding, and the stokers finishing loading the coal.
Captain Edward James Smith was the captain
on this grand voyage. A noble seaman for White Star for 38 years. Smith was definitely the Captain of choice for J. B. Ismay,
for he was popular with the crew and the passengers.
Captain Smith turned his head and gazed upon
officer Robert Murdoch who was now at the wheel of Titanic. The Captain walked back into the bridge and asked the other officers
if the tugs were in place and ready for launch. The officers replied "Tugs are in place and ready sir". He then replied with
a thank you, then walked over to the wheel, and told Mr. Murdoch to take her to sea.
In an instant Titanic was underway. Titanic
was traveling at seven knots as she moved slowly and gracefully out to sea. in no time they were moving past the dock, and
through the mouth of the river. The ship started to move faster and faster until she finally reached nineteen knots. Every
passenger on board was either walking the decks of Titanic, or sipping fine wine in one of the many saloons, or cafes.
As they were moving toward the open sea, the
captain noticed that the ship was slowing down, so he went to the port bridge wing to see what was happening. There was a
ship moving toward the stern of the ship at a very fast speed. The captain then ordered more speed and it washed the other
ship, barely escaping a collision. It was later reported that the ship was the New York.
Being precautions Captain smith stopped the
ship and checked any damage that the other ship may have caused to the the engines.
The crew and passengers wondered if the ship
too big to handle safely. The Captain reported back that the ship was fine. Mr. Murdoch started the ship moving forward slowly
as to make sure that Titanic would not collide with any more ships. Then finally Titanic had nothing ahead of her but the
Mr. Murdoch turned control over to quartermaster
Robert Hitchens. Officer Hitchens took over confidently. At that moment Bruce Ismay walked onto the bridge. He talked with
Captain Smith, and there was some talk about the ship's speed, and some of the passengers.
Captain Smith walked off the bridge, and went
to explore the ship in a more detailed manner. He walked down the promenades and onto the boat decks. He walked back towards
the bridge, and through one of the starboard vestibules, and into the Grand Staircase. He talked with passengers, exchanged
comments, and talked about how beautiful the grand ship was.
For most of the night, people walked Titanic's
decks,and enjoyed dinner. The men spent most of their time talking and smoking in the smoking room. Captain Smith noticed
how well the ship was running. Everything on the ship was new. The boilers were new, the engines were new, and massive in
size. On the bridge Mr. Murdoch ran the ship according to the chart left by White Star Line.
Titanic's first stop was Cherbourg, France.
Here more passengers boarded Titanic. Including self made millionaire John Jacob Astor, and his nineteen year old wife Madeline.
This was quite the talk among the passengers who knew him. The tender Nomadic carried passengers and mail meant to be taken
to Queenstown or to New York.
The whole second day was spent picking up passengers
On the third day Titanic was sailing for Queenstown.
Captain Smith spent his time amusing the passengers.
At full speed, but only making 20 knots the
officers knew that in order to make up lost time they would have to push the ship as much as she could be pushed without straining
the engines. Captain Smith could feel the vibrations of the engines as he walked the decks. The afternoon was sunny and the
sea was calm as Titanic set sail for Queenstown with an estimated 2,500 people on board. Captain Smith pushed Titanic to her
top speed as she pushed with all her might.
Captain Smith began to appreciate the feelings
that the Captains before him experienced when their ships were so magnificent and new.
The time was now 3:22 p.m. Captain Smith was
very impressed with the ship, completely forgot his routine inspection of the ship. He then walked to the engine room.
He walked between the stokers and the engineers, and in the second boiler room, he spotted J. B. Ismay talking with the Chief
Engineer. It was obvious that he was talking about Titanic's speed. Bruce Ismay then ordered the chief to light the last four
burners to see how fast Titanic could go.
Bruce Ismay was now forcing Titanic's engines
to move as fast as she could without over revving them. Titanic was now moving at 22 knots with no hesitation at all.
Captain Smith caught up with Bruce Ismay in
The Grand Staircase where he stood looking at his pocket watch. Captain Smith walked up to him and asked him about his earlier
conversation with the Chief Engineer. They walked into the first class dining room at the bottom of the stairs. They sat and
talked together. Bruce Ismay wanted to make it into New York earlier than the Olympic and get into New York by Tuesday night
instead of Wednesday night. As the ship was pulling in to dock at Queenstown, Ireland, a man walked up to Captain Smith
and Purser McElroy and took a picture. He then shook Captain Smith's hand, and introduced himself as Father Browne. The pictures
he took of Titanic are very famous today.
Here in at Queenstown, Ireland, most of the
immigrants boarded foe New York, and a promised new life. The third and second class passengers disembarked here. Mail, coal,
food, and other necessities were loaded here.
The ship was getting ready for departure, the
lookouts were asking White Star personnel where their binoculars were. They said that they were misplaced, and this would
become an element in the destruction of the ship.
The ship was off again, headed for New York,
and taking her innocent passengers on the death ride that the world would not soon forget.
Copyright © 2004 Lisa Morris
The Ship Of Dreams
Written By Lisa Morris
The ship of dreams is what you were,
When you sailed the ocean blue.
And in your path was destiny.
A dream thought up by two.
They gave you life most eagerly,
As Titanic took her form.
If we had only known back then,
You were headed for a storm.
When Titanic began her maiden voyage,
The sunlight hit her bow.
A distant whisper of the past,
Is all in history now.
The grandest ship the world once knew,
Now lies on the ocean floor.
The memories that she left behind,
Now opens many doors.
She was headed for America,
Against the odds she'll fight.
The icy death that waits for you,
Upon that cold, dark April night.
I hang my head with a heavy heart
And I cry upon the cross.
I say a little prayer to God,
For all the lives we lost.
Forgetting Titanic is hard to do,
It's not that easy to forget.
The innocent took the hand of God,
So rest in peace with no regret.
Titanic's memory stood the test of time,
And nothing is what it seemed.
Her memory on the ocean floor,
On that lonely ship of dreams.
Copyright © 2004 Lisa Morris
I have been studying the Titanic tragedy for 25 years now. I have much knowledge about the events of that fateful night at
2:20am on April 15,1912. If you have any comments, or wish to discuss Titanic, and her crew & passengers, or wish to join
my Yahoo group "Ship Of Dreams". Click on this hyperlink to recieve an invitation to the Yahoo group "Ship Of Dreams".
As Titanic steamed towards
the open sea at six knots, the cables that held the ship New York to Oceanic suddenly snapped. Now free of her cables, New
York began drifting toward the massive, and much larger Titanic. Disaster was avoided when tug Vulcan came to the aid of New
York, passing a cable to the stern, slowing New Yorks drift toward Titanic. Some of the passengers thought an omen of this
It was Sunday April 14,1912. The sea was calm,
and the moon glowed like a pearl in the sky. The temperature was just above the freezing mark, and the passengers were all
inside enjoying their dinner and cocktails in the warmth of the ship.
In the wireless room Jack Phillips and
Harold Bride continued to receive ice warnings from distant ships in the area. These ice warnings were given to Captain Smith
who thought such warnings were normal for this time of year, and no danger to the Titanic. It was 9:30 p.m when the steamer
MESABA sent an urgent message reporting a very large ice field in the path that Titanic was steaming.
Titanic in the crows nest Frederick Fleet was keeping watch when he noticed a huge black form in the near distance, and he
knew at once it was an iceberg.
First Officer William Murdoch was
on the bridge at the time, and ordered the engines to reverse, and the wheel to be turned hard to starboard. The ship began to turn slowly, but it was not fast enough, and the Titanic hit the iceberg.
When he heard a loud scrapping noise he knew that a seaman's worst nightmare was coming true, and he ordered the watertight
doors to be closed. Titanic's watertight doors sealed all of her sixteen compartments, but it was too late.
Soon after the collision Mr. Thomas Andrews
met with Captain Smith. It was at this time that Mr. Andrews informed Captain Smith that Titanic would founder. Titanic could
stay afloat with four compartments flooded, but not more, and there were already six watertight compartments that were
flooding and the water was already flowing over the watertight doors, which only went as high as e-deck.
Knowing that the ship was going to sink, Captain
Smith ordered the lifeboats to be filled with women and children first. There unfortunately was only enough lifeboats
for half the passengers on board the Titanic.
In the wireless room Jack Phillips and
Harold Bride worked franticly to send out distress calls to any ships that may be within rescue range to the Titanic. They
sent out the CQD distress call known to that era in time indicating Titanic's position.
The Titanic sent out many distress flares in
hopes that a ship in the area would see them and come to the aid of Titanic and her crew and passengers, but no response was
The Californian was ten miles away, but did
not respond their wireless operator was asleep, and they thought the flares were only Titanic's way of celebrating her maiden
The lifeboats were being sent out only half
full as the band plays music to try and keep the passengers calm. Some say that lessened the reality of the sinking ship to
the passengers, since the Titanic WAS known as the unsinkable ship.
As the last lifeboat was lowered
from the ship, there were still 1,500 people left on the sinking ship. Two hours after striking the iceberg water starts to
flood the first class stairs as the ship goes down at the head. As the water rises the stern lifted higher and higher into
the cold night air. Those in the departing lifeboats heard the shrill screams and cries of the 1,500 people left on the ship
as is sank into the Atlantic sea. As the front of the Titanic sank further and further into the sea, the stern lifted higher
and higher out of the water. The weight of the stern was so great that the middle of the ship could not take the pressure,
and Titanic broke in half. First the bow went under, and then at exactly 2:20am on April15,1912 Titanic's stern
made its two and a half mile decent to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean floor, leaving nothing but the terrified screams and
cries of the 1,500 passengers that went into the freezing water on that fateful night.
hours after Titanic struck the iceberg the screams and terrified cries of the 1,500 passengers that went into the freezing
water seized. All that was left was the lifeboats, and the freezing darkness.
The steamer Carpathia was the closest
ship to Titanic,and they knew that they would still not make it in time. At exactly 4:00am the first lifeboat noticed the
lights of the Carpathia. Their Rescue had finally come, but this was a night that they would remember for years to come. In
fact this was a night they would never forget.
© 2004 Lisa Morris