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Titanic: The Maiden Voyage

Information about the Titanic.

Timeline

1861 - Harland & Wolff shipbuilders established in Belfast, Ireland.

1868 - Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, more commonly known as the White Star Line, founded by Thomas Ismay.

1902 - JP Morgan purchases White Star Line.

1907 - J. Bruce Ismay (White Star Line) and Lord Pirrie (Harland & Wolff) decide to design three new steamships.

1908 - Final designs for sister ships Olympic and Titanic are approved by White Star Line directors.

1908 - December 9th - Olympic's keel is laid by Harland & Wolff.

1909 - March 31st - Titanic's keel is laid.

1910 - October 19th - Titanic's plating is finished.

1910 - October 20th - Olympic's hull is launched.

1911 - May 31st - Titanic's hull is launched.

1911 - June 14th - Olympic sets out on her maiden voyage, with Captain Edward J. Smith.

1911 - November 30th - Britannic's keel is laid.

1912 - March 31st - Titanic is completely outfitted.

1912 - April 2nd - Titanic undergoes one-day sea trial.

1912 - April 3rd - Titanic arrives in Southampton from Belfast.

1912 - April 10th - Titanic departs Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York City at 11:45 a.m., with Captain Edward J. Smith.

1912 - April 10th - Titanic arrives at Cherbourg, France, at about 6:00 p.m.

1912 - April 11th - Titanic arrives at Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland around 11:30 a.m.

1912 - April 14th - Titanic receives ice warnings via the Marconi wireless.

1912 - April 14th - 11:40 p.m., Titanic hits an iceberg, causing irreparable damage to the hull.

1912 - April 15th - 12:15 a.m., Wireless operators send out the distress call "CQD." Cunard liner Carpathia responds.

1912 - April 15th - 12:30 a.m., Captain Smith orders the lifeboats filled with women and children first.

1912 - April 15th - 1:40 a.m., The last lifeboat is lowered on the starboard side.

1912 - April 15th - 1:50 a.m., Titanic sent the last wireless communication to Olympic.

1912 - April 15th - 2:05 a.m., The last lifeboat is lowered on the port side.

1912 - April 15th - 2:20 a.m., Titanic sinks with over 1,500 souls on board.

1912 - April 15th - 4:10 a.m., Carpathia begins to rescue survivors from lifeboats.

1912 - April 15th - 8:50 a.m., Carpathia leaves the site of the sinking with 705 survivors on board.

Titanic's propeller - Photographed by Emory Kristof

1912 - April 18th - Carpathia arrives in New York.

1914 - Britannic is launched.

1916 - November 12th - Britannic is sunk by a German mine.

1935 - Olympic is retired.

1955 - Walter Lord's book A Night to Remember is published.

1958 - The film version of A Night to Remember is released.

1975 - Wreckage of Britannic is discovered by Jacques Cousteau.

1985 - September 1st - Wreckage of Titanic is discovered by Robert Ballard.

1993 - Removal of artifacts from Titanic begins.

1997 - James Cameron's Titanic is released in theaters.                                      

2012 - Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the launch and sinking of Titanic.

 

Titanic's propeller - Photograph by Emory Kristof 
National Geographic - Photo Gallery: Discovering the Titanic