The Ship of Dreams
~April 10, 1912 - Sailing Day~
Captain Edward J. Smith boards the Titanic at 7:30 in the morning with a full crew.The captain then receivs the sailing report from chief officer Wilde and a half an hour later, part of the crew perform a brief lifeboat drill using starboard lifeboats 11 and 15. The second and third class passengers board the ship between 9:30 and 11:00. After they had all boarded, the first class passengers started boarding and were being escorted to their cabins
Itís now noon and the Titanic is cast off from dry dock by tugs. During down stream passage, the water displacement by the Titanic's movement cause six mooring ropes on the R.M.S. New York to break and her stern swings toward the Titanic. Quick action narrowly averts a collision by only four feet - departure is delayed for an hour.
An hour later and the Titanic resumes a 24 mile trip down stream to the English Channel on her way to Cherbourg, France. At 5:30 p.m. she arrives at Cherbourg, France and the passengers board. Anchor is raised (at 8:10) and the Titanic leaves for Queenstown, Ireland taking her through the English Channel.~April 11~
The Titanic arrives in Queenstown Harbor about two miles from land at 11:30 in the morning. Seven passengers disembark as one hundred and thirteen Third class and seven Second class passengers board from 2 ferry tenders with 1385 bags of mail. The anchor is raised for the last time at 1:30 p.m., and the Titanic departs on her first and final transatlantic crossing. The Titanic covers 386 miles in fine, calm, clear weather.
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