RMS Titanic Timeline

RMS Titanic Timeline


Titanic sets sail for France

  • Southampton, England
  • 12:00 Noon: The Titanic Leaves Southampton, England on its maiden voyage.
  • 07:00 pm: The Titanic stops at Cherbourg, France.
  • 09:00 pm: The Titanic leaves Cherbourg and sets sail to Queenstown (currently known as Cobh), Ireland.

Titanic arrives in Ireland

  • Queenstown, Ireland
  • 12:30 pm: The Titanic arrives in Queenstown, Ireland.
  • 02:00 pm: The Titanic leaves Queenstown and sets sail to New York.

Setting sail on a calm sea with reports of ice

  • North Sea

Fairly uneventful. The weather is good and the sea is calm. The temperature is getting colder. The Titanic receives several wireless messages from other ships reporting ice.

Reports of icebergs continue

  • Northern Atlantic
  • 09:00 am: The Caronia reports ice at Latitude: 42 N and Longitude: 50 W.

  • 01:42 pm: The Baltic reports ice.

  • 01:45 pm: The Amerika reports 2 large icebergs at Latitude: 41 27' N and Longitude: 50 08' W. This message was not sent directly to the Titanic, but was suppose to be passed on later when the Titanic came within range of a transmitter.

  • 07:15 pm: Temperature drops to 39 degrees (F). The ice warning from the Baltic is finally posted on the bridge.

  • 07:30 pm: The Californian reports passing 3 large icebergs at Latitude: 42 03' N and Longitude: 49 09' W.

  • 09:00 pm: Temperature drops to 33 degrees (F).: The crow's nest is ordered by Second Officer Lightoller to "keep a sharp lookout for ice".

  • 09:20 pm: Captain Smith retires to his cabin.

  • 09:40 pm: The Mesaba reports pack ice, field ice and icebergs in the location of where the Titanic was traveling. There is no evidence that this message ever reached Captain Smith or Titanic's bridge. Apparently, wireless operator Jack Phillips was so preoccupied with sending messages that had accumulated during the day to the land station at Cape Race, he put the ice warning from Mesaba aside.

  • 10:00 pm: Temperature drops to 32 degrees (F).: The Titanic was traveling at 22.5 knots.: The sea is calm, the skies are perfectly clear and the stars appear as brilliant points of light. There is no moon.: Frederick Fleet and Reginald Lee take over lookout duty in the crow's nest. Interestingly, they did not have binoculars.

  • 10:50 pm: The Californian sends a wireless message directly to the Titanic telling them that they were stopped and surrounded by ice. Before the Californian could relay their position (about 20 miles north of Titanic), wireless operator Jack Phillips angrily responded, "Shut up, shut up. You're jamming my signal. I'm busy. I'm working Cape Race". The Californian's wireless operator, Cyril Furmstone Evans, waited patiently and then finally gave up, turned off his equipment and went to bed.: The ocean water temperature is about 28 degrees (F).

  • 11:30 pm: Lookouts Fleet and Lee notice a low-lying mist ahead, but do not see an iceberg. They probably would have sighted the iceberg if they had been issued binoculars.

  • 11:39 pm: Lookout Frederick Fleet picks up a phone that is directly connected to the bridge. Sixth Officer Moody answers the call and is told, "Iceberg Right Ahead!".: The bridge immediately sends a "Stop" signal to the engine room. This is followed by "Full Astern".: Quartermaster Robert Hitchins is urgently ordered to turn the ship "Hard-a-starboard." The Titanic turns to the left.

  • 11:40 pm: Titanic strikes iceberg!: The Titanic begins to flood.: First Officer William Murdoch closes the watertight doors.: Fourth Officer Boxhall arrives on the bridge.: Captain Smith returns to the bridge after the collision and asks First Officer Murdoch, "What have we struck?". Murdoch confirms that Titanic had struck an iceberg.: Smith asks Boxhall to inspect the forward area of the hull.: During the next 15 minutes, Boxhall looks at the damage and discovers that the Orlop deck was flooded forward of the #4 watertight bulkhead.

  • 11:45 pm: Boxhall returns to the bridge and reports his findings.: Smith asks Boxhall to establish Titanic's position.: Captain Smith requests that Thomas Andrews and the ship carpenter "sound the ship" (inspect the damage).

Last message: 'We are sinking fast....cannot last much longer'

  • North Atlantic
  • 12:00 midnight: Thomas Andrews informs Captain Smith that the first 6 watertight compartments had been breached and predicts that Titanic will stay afloat at most 2 hours.
  • 12:05 am: Captain Smith orders his crew to prepare the lifeboats and requests that wireless operators Harold Bride and Jack Phillips send the "CQD" distress signal. The message "CQD" is a general call to all vessels, which indicates the vessel sending is in distress and requires immediate assistance.
  • 12:15 am: Titanic's wireless distress signal is first received by the Cape Race wireless station and the ships Mount Temple and La Provence. The message gives Titanic's position as: Latitude: 41 44' N and Longitude: 50 24' W.
  • 12:25 am: Captain Smith realizes the ship is lost and gives order to start filling lifeboats--"women and children first".: Distress signal sent again using the corrected position of: Latitude: 41 46' N and Longitude: 50 14' W.: The call for help is received by the Cunard liner Carpathia.
  • 12:45 am: The first lifeboat is launched (boat #7).: The first distress rocket is fired.
  • 12:55 am: Lifeboat #5 is launched.: Lifeboat #6 is launched.
  • 01:00 am: Lifeboat #3 is launched.
  • 01:10 am: Lifeboat #8 is launched.
  • 01:12 am: Lifeboat #1 is launched.
  • 01:15 am: The water is up to the name plate on the bow.
  • 01:20 am: Lifeboat #9 is launched.: The last distress rocket is fired. A total of eight were fired between 12:45 am and 1:20 am.
  • 01:21 am: Lifeboat #10 is launched.
  • 01:25 am: Lifeboat #11 is launched.: Lifeboat #12 is launched.
  • 01:27 am: Lifeboat #14 is launched.
  • 01:30 am: Lifeboat #13 is launched.: Lifeboat #15 is launched.
  • 01: 35 am: Lifeboat #16 is launched.
  • 01:40 am: J Bruce Ismay gets into lifeboat "C".: Collapsible lifeboat "C" is launched.
  • 01:45 am: Lifeboat #2 is launched.
  • 01:55 am: Lifeboat #4 is launched.
  • 02:05 am: Collapsible lifeboat "D" is launched.: As the bow of the Titanic continues to submerge, the water is almost up to the Bridge deck.
  • 02:10 am: The last wireless distress signals were sent. "We are sinking fast....cannot last much longer".: The stern is noticeably beginning to rise above the ocean.
  • 02:17 am: Titanic's distress signals abruptly end as radio room looses power.: Bride and Phillips leave the radio room.: Collapsible lifeboat "A" floats off as Titanic sinks further.: Collapsible lifeboat "B" floats off and flips over as Titanic sinks further.: The ship's bow plunges under and the stern rises high above the ocean surface.
  • 02:18 am: The lights blink once and then go out.: The forward funnel breaks off and hits the water crushing anyone in its path.
  • 02:19 am: The Titanic breaks into 2 pieces between the third and fourth funnels.: As the bow sinks further, the stern momentarily remains on the ocean surface.
  • 02:20 am: Two hours and forty minutes after striking the iceberg, the "unsinkable" RMS Titanic slips into the sea and begins its descent to the ocean floor.
  • 04:10 am: The Carpathia picks up the first of Titanic's lifeboats (boat #2).
  • 08:30 am: The Carpathia picks up the last of Titanic's lifeboats (boat #12).
  • 08:50 am: The Carpathia heads to New York with the survivors from the Titanic.

Survivors arrive in New York

  • New York, New York
  • 09:00 pm: 706 survivors arrive on the Carpathia.

The human toll

    Statistics from to the US Senate inquiry of the Titanic disaster:

    • Total on board: 2,223

    • Saved: 706 (1 out of 3)

    • Lost: 1,517

    • Woman and children on board: 531

    • Woman and children saved: 374

    • Men on board: 1,692

    • Men saved: 332 (1 out of 5)

    • Chance of survival of a First-Class passenger: 60%

    • Chance of survival of a Third-Class passenger: 25%


        I always thought it was the SS Titanic. HMS only applies to Royal Navy ships, but the Titanic was a commercial vessel owned by the White Star line and, therefore, only a SteamShip or SS.

          It was the RMS Titanic. Royal Mail Ship. Usually a ship would use the prefix only while contracted to carry mail for the British Royal Mail. Apparently the White Star Line had numerous mail contract businesses and prefixed the majority of it's ships in this way.

            I think jharris is right. While putting this page together I've found nearly every ship prefix associated with the Titanic. According to Wikipedia, the Titanic was carrying mail so the RMS prefix makes sense. If I find any documents that back this up, I'll post them here.

            Titanic Survivors

              It is interesting to note that out of the 2,367 people aboard the titanic only 705 people were rescued.

                The RMS Titanic tragedy has haunted us for almost one hundred years; however, because it was so tragic, steps were taken to prevent future mistakes not only onboard ships but onboard passenger aircraft and other means of transporation also. The RMS Titanic story is one that cannot be retold too many times and cannot be studied too much.

                  you did a excellent job!!!! its because our names are chris that we suceed!!! ha

                    The number of lifeboats was in compliance with the laws then in effect. This was based on tonnage category. One of the categories was over 10,000 tons, of which the Titanic, at 40,000 tons, was one. This was quite large for a freighter, enormous for a passenger ship. Also at the time, the wireless carried personal, business, and safety messages.