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The Titanic Timeline and Facts For Kids


The Titanic was a British liner that sank on the night of Apr. 14-15, 1912, less than three hours after crashing into an iceberg in the North Atlantic, South of Newfoundland. More than 1,500 lives were lost in that tragic accident.

How many passengers were on the Titanic? The Titanic, thought to be the fastest ship afloat and was claimed by its ships creators to be unsinkable, was on her maiden voyage and carried many notable people among the more than 2,200 persons aboard. These claims of the ship being unsinkable and the sheer volume of deaths made the loss seem the more appalling to the public in England and the United States.

Below you will find a timeline of facts and information about the Building and sinking of The Titanic. You can find answers to questions such as; How did the Titanic sink?, When did the Titanic sink?, and How long did it take for the Titanic to sink?

Who died? Here is a list of people who died during the sinking.

Timeline of The Titanic

1908-1909: Where was the titanic built? Construction of the Olympic and Titanic begins in Belfast, Ireland, at the Harland and Wolff shipyards.

May 31 1911: The hull of the Titanic is successfully launched.

September 20: The Olympic, outbound from Southampton, has a major collision with H.M.S. Hawke, a British Royal Navycruiser. Repairs made back at Harland and Wolff delay the fitting out of the Titanic one month.

January 1912: How many lifeboats were on the Titanic? Sixteen wooden lifeboats, along with four collapsible canvas-sided boats, are fitted on board the Titanic.

March 31: The outfitting of the Titanic is complete.

April 10, 1912 9:30 to 11:30 am: Passengers arrive in Southampton and board the Titanic.

April 10, 1912 Noon: What was the year when the titanic had its first trip? The Titanic casts off and begins her maiden voyage in 1912.

April 10, 1912 6:30 pm: The Titanic rides anchor in Cherbourg, France.

April 10, 1912 8:10pm: The Titanic leaves for Queenstown, Ireland.

April 11, 1912 1:30pm: Anchored off of Roche’s Point, Queenstown, Ireland. Francis Browne, a Jesuit seminarian, disembarks and takes the last known photograph of the Titanic for the next 73 years.

April 14, 1912: Sunday Seven ice warnings are received during the day.

April 14, 1912 10:00pm: Lightoller relieved on bridge by First officer Murdoch. Lookouts in crow’s nest relieved. Warning to watch for icebergs passed between the watches.

April 14, 1912 11:39pm: The Titanic is steaming at 20.5 knots. Suddenly, lookouts, Fredrick Fleet and Reginald Lee, see an iceberg dead ahead about 500 yards away towering some 55-60 feet above the water. They immediately sound the warning bell with three sharp rings and telephone the bridge: “Icebergright ahead.” Sixth officer Moody on bridge acknowledges warning, relays message to Murdoch who instinctively calls “hard-a-starboard” to the helmsman and orders the engine room to stop engines and then orders full astern. Murdoch then activates the lever to close all watertight doors below the waterline. After several seconds, the Titanic begins to veer to port, but the iceberg strikes starboard bow side and brushes along the side of the ship.

April 14, 1912 11:50pm: Captain Smith asks designer Thomas Andrews and the ship’s carpenter to conduct a visual inspection of the damage that happened when the iceberg was hit.

April 15, 1912 12:00am: Captain Smith is told by Andrews that the ship can only stay afloat for a couple of hours. He orders radio operators Harold Bride and Jack Phillips to send “CQD”, the distress call.

April 15, 1912 12:05am: Orders are given to uncover the lifeboats and to get the passengers and crew ready on deck.

April 15, 1912 12:10 to 1:50am: Several crew members on the Californian, some 10 to 19 miles away, see lights of a steamer. A number of attempts to make contact with the ship with Morse lamp fail.

April 15, 1912 12:15 to 2:17am: Numerous ships receive the Titanic’s distress signal, including her sister ship the Olympic, some 500 miles away.

April 15, 1912 12:25am: The order is given to start loading the lifeboats with women and children first.

April 15, 1912 12:45am: The first of the lifeboats is safely lowered away. It can carry 65 people but pulls away from the Titanic carrying only 28.

April 15, 1912 1:15am: Water begins to reach the Titanic’s name on the bow. The tilt of the deck grows increasingly steeper.

April 15, 1912 1:40am: Most of the forward lifeboats have been lowered.

April 15, 1912 2:05am: The last lifeboat leaves. There are now over 1,500 people left on board the sinking ship.

April 15, 1912 2:17am: Phillips continues to send last radio message. Capt. Smith tells crew members, “It’s every man for himself,” and returns to the bridge to await the end. Thomas Andrews, the ship’s builder, is seen alone in the first-class smoking room staring into space. The Titanic’s bow plunges under enabling the ensnared collapsible B to float clear upside down.

April 15, 1912 2:18am: Items in the ship are heard crashing through walls and falling toward the sinking bow. The ship’s lights blink once and then go out. The bow section sinks.

April 15, 1912 2:20am: The Titanic’s broken off stern section settles back into the water, becoming level for a few moments. Slowly it fills with water and again it tilts its end high into the air, before sinking vertically into the sea. Those struggling in the icy water slowly freeze to death. How many people died on the Titanic? Over 1500 people perish. List of the People Who Died During the Sinking of the Titanic

Current Facts and Events About The Titanic

1991: IMAX Corporation/P. P. Shirsov Institute films the Titanic in wide screen IMAX format.

1994: “The Wreck of the Titanic – a major exhibition” opens at the National Maritime Museum, London, displaying artifacts recovered by Titanic Inc. between 1987 and 1993.

1995: P. P. Shirsov Institute & James Cameron conduct underwater filming for a fictional motion picture slated for release in late 1997.

August 26, 1996: IFREMER/RMS Titanic Inc. perform site mapping, artifact recovery, and photographic exploration of the interior and exterior.

December 18. 1997: The movie “Titanic”, written and directed by James Cameron, begins its release around the world. At over $200 million, “Titanic” is the most expensive motion picture ever made.

December 3, 2005: On the 20th anniversary of the finding of the Titanic, co-discoverer Robert Ballard proposes plans for the long term preservation of the Titanic.

The disaster brought about measures to promote safety at sea, particularly the establishment of a patrol to make known the location of icebergs and of stringent regulations about the proper number and proper equipment of lifeboats to be carried by vessels.