A Complete Titanic Timeline

The real history of Titanic is a short one, with a true history lasting no longer than 5 years from her conception right through to the sinking of Titanic in 1912, her story however has lived on for the last 100 years with a great fascination in the story of this magnificent ship.

Below we have put together a basic timeline of the Titanic's history running from the time her design was approved by the White Star Line company, right through until the day the British Board Of Trade enquiry began following her sinking.

Titanic Timeline - 1908 To 1912
 Day  Event
 29th July  The completed design for the Titanic was approved by White Star Line 1908
 31st March  Titanic's first keel plates were laid 1909
 31st May - 12 noon  The hull of Titanic was launched into the water using 22 tonnes of soap and grease  1911
 January  Sixteen of Titanic's wooden lifeboats were fitted to the ship 1912
 31st March  The fitting out of Titanic was finally completed 1912
 2nd April - 6 a.m.  Titanic's sea trials began 1912
 3rd April Titanic arrives in Southampton, the port from which she's due to leave on her maiden voyage 1912
 10th April - 12 noon  Titanic sets sail on her maiden voyage for New York 1912
 10th April - 6:30 p.m. Titanic reaches her first stop in Cherbourg 1912
 11th April - 11:30 a.m.  Titanic reaches her second and final stop in Queenstown, Ireland 1912
 12th - 13th April   Titanic sails through calm and steady waters 1912
 14th April   No less than 7 iceberg warnings are received by Titanic's wireless operators during the day 1912
 14th April - 11:38 p.m.  Frederick Fleet, the lookout on duty, spots a iceberg in Titanic's path 1912
 14th April - 11:40 p.m. Titanic hits the iceberg along the starboard side, causing fatal damage  1912
 14th April - 11:50 p.m. Titanic's hull has been breached and water is now 14 feet high in the ships bow  1912
 15th April - 12:25 a.m. Titanic's distress call is heard by the Carpathia which is 58 miles into the distance  1912
 15th April - 12:45 a.m. Titanic's first lifeboat is launched into the water  1912
 15th April - 02:05 a.m. Titanic's final lifeboat is launched into the water  1912
 15th April - 02:17 a.m. The last radio message is sent from Titanic's wireless radio  1912
 15th April - 02:20 a.m. Titanic sinks below the North Atlantic and plummets 2 and a half miles down  1912
 15th April - 04:10 a.m.  The Carpathia reaches the first of Titanic's many lifeboats in the water 1912
 15th April - 08:50 a.m. The Carpathia leaves the area with 705 of Titanic's passengers on board  1912
 18th April  The Carpathia arrives in New York 1912
 19th April - 25th May The American enquiry into Titanic's sinking runs it's coarse  1912
 22nd April - 15t May A total of 328 bodies are recovered from the water by various passing ships  1912
 2nd May - 3rd July The British Board Of Trade enquiry takes place  1912
1st September The wreck of Titanic is discovered by Jean-Louis Michel and Dr. Robert Ballard almost 2.5 miles below the North Atlantic 1985


Seven Titanic Launch Facts You Might Like To Know

There are many well known and not so well known Titanic facts which you might like to know, our previous post highlighted ten Titanic constructions facts. In this articles we're going to look at ten Titanic facts to do with the launch of Titanic back in 1912.

Fact 1: When Did Titanic Launch?

The R.M.S Titanic was launched off slipway 3 in Belfast on May 31st 1911 at 12:15 p.m., she was then take for fitting at Thompson graving dock which took close to a further 8 months to complete.

Fact 2: Titanic's Launch Date Delayed

It's a little known fact that the launch of the Titanic was actually delayed from the original launch date which had been set by the White Star Line. The original maiden voyage was meant to be on 20th March 1912, however this was delayed due to Olympic's collision with the H.M.S Hawke and subsequent nee for replacement parts.

Fact 3: The Launch Ceremony

It's common practice nowadays, and back in 1912 to a certain extent, to christen the launch of a new ship with a ceremony to name her as well as a bottle of champagne smashed against the bow of the ship. However, this was not something the White Star Line did for their own ships. Some say that this left a "curse" against Titanic.

Fact 4: A Soapy Launch

The Titanic weighed in at a reported 660 tonnes and to launch her from the top of of the slipway at Thompson dry dock look around 23 tonnes of soap and grease. This quantity of lubricant enabled the Titanic to move from the slipway into the water on the River Lagan in just 62 seconds.

Fact 5: Crowds Of People

On the day that Titanic was launched over 100,000 people attended to watch her slip gracefully from the slipway down into the water.

Fact 6: A Man Died

James Dobbins, a ship worker from Belfast, was in the process of knocking out the shoring beneath the hull of Titanic during her launch, unfortunately he was hit and wounded by one of the falling timbers. Sadly, James Dobbins died the next day from the injuries he sustained.

Fact 7: Titanic Tugged For Fitting

Once Titanic hit the water she was then taken by 5 tugs through to the fitting out dock where she spent then next year being fitted with her engines, funnels, interior etc.

Do you have any additional Titanic launch facts that we may have missed? If so then please let us know below.

Coming next, out top Titanic sinking facts and Titanic wreck facts.

Ten Titanic Construction Facts You Might Like To Know

The Titanic is one of the most talked about shipwrecks throughout the whole of history today and almost 100 years on the fascination with her still continues. To that end I thought I'd put together a list of top Titanic facts which you may not know.

Fact 1: Building The Titanic

The R.M.S Titanic was one of the biggest man made moving objects built at the time of her construction. In all the Titanic required the hands of over 3,000 men and took over 2 years to put together from laying the first keel plate to launching her down the slip way at Queens Island. It took a further 12 months to fit the Titanic out with her luxurious fixtures and fittings including the addition of her 4 large funnels.

Fact 2: The “Fake” Funnel

It's a little known fact that only 3 out of the 4 massive funnels on Titanic actually worked, the fourth funnel was designed purely for aesthetics and for ventilation and was also used for storage. In a few Titanic movies you will see smoke coming from the fourth funnel, this is factually incorrect.

Fact 3: The Loss Of Life

In total 8 men died during the construction of the Titanic, this was actually lower than the industry average in relation to the size of the ship and the overall size of the workforce building her.

Fact 4: The Total Cost Of Titanic

The cost to build Titanic was in the region of $7.5 million which by today's monetary conversion would be in the region of $400 million.

Fact 5: Titanic, One Of 3

It's a common misconception that the Titanic was one of 2 sister ships consisting of the Titanic and the Olympic. However, the Titanic was one of a trio which including the R.M.S Olympic, the R.M.S Titanic and the H.M.H.S Britannic, previously intended to be the R.M.S Britannic.

Fact 6: Titanic, The Second To Be Built

The Titanic was the second ship to be build out of the 3 sister ships. The construction of the Olympic began first just 3 months before the beginning of Titanic's construction. The Olympic was completed and launched in 1910, just two years after her construction began. The third and final ship, Britannic, was completed and launched in 1914 going straight to war serving as a hospital ship.

Fact 7: Riveting Stuff

Over 3 million rivets were used in the construction of Titanic's steel plated hull, at that time welding was not a method used to plate together the hulls of ships.

Fact 8: Earnings Of The Workers

In 1912 the average earnings of a shipyard worker was between £1 and £2, the skilled workers would earn the higher rate and the unskilled workers would earn far less. Riveters were paid for the number of rivets they were able to put in.

Fact 9: The Giant Funnels

The funnels of Titanic measured 62 ft in height and 22 ft in diameter.

Fact 10: Powering Titanic

In order to move Titanic's 46000 tonnes of weight through the water she would require 3 massive engines, 2 reciprocating  and one turbine, these would be powered by 29 boilers and a total of 159 furnaces. In order to power these engines over 600 tonnes of coal would be required per day.

Do you have an additional Titanic facts about her construction to share? If so then please feel free to comment below.

Coming next, our top Titanic launch facts.