When the Titanic hit the iceberg, near midnight on the 14 April, about 2 hrs and 40 minutes later the sinking of the ship increased, the forward deck went underwater, once the propellers were exposed the ship split apart due to the immense strain on the keel.
Titanic’s First Class stateroom B58, decorated in the Louis XVI style. This room was occupied by Canadian passengers Hlne Baxter and her daughter, Mary Hlne Douglas; both women survived. Picture: Titanic in Photographs via the Courier Mail picture gallery
The gymnasium on board the Titanic. TW McCawley who was the ‘physical educator or trainer’ on board (on the rowing machine) and Harland & Wolffe electrician William Parr (on a mechanical camel) both perished in the sinking. Picture: Fr Browne SJ Collection / Universal Images Group / Snappermedia via Courier Mail picture gallery
See more of the original Titanic photos at the Courier Mail picture gallery.
Those aboard Titanic were ill-prepared for such an emergency. The ship’s lifeboats had only enough space to carry about half of those on board; if the ship had carried her full complement, only about a third could have been accommodated in the lifeboats. The crew had not been trained adequately in carrying out an evacuation. The officers did not know how many they could safely put aboard the lifeboats and launched many of them barely half-full. Third-class passengers were largely left to fend for themselves, causing many of them to become trapped below decks as the ship filled with water. A “women and children first” protocol was generally followed for the loading of the lifeboats.
Original telegrams trying to identify victims, the telegram above describes the youngest victim which was a 2 year old boy. via ABC News
See more of the telegrams at ABC News.
The first news of the sinking came in the form of wireless transmissions, rockets and lamp signals sent out by the stricken ocean liner and picked up by nearby vessels. A nearby ship, the Californian, which was the last to have been in contact with her before the collision, saw her flares but failed to assist. Around 4 am, RMS Carpathia arrived on the scene in response to Titanic’s earlier distress calls. 710 people survived the disaster and were conveyed by Carpathia to New York, Titanic’s original destination, while 1,517 people lost their lives.
Front page news, New York Times: April 16 1912 (ABC News)
Front page news, Washington Post: April 17 1912. (ABC News)
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