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10-11 April 

10 April 1912 - Sailing day; thousands of passengers line the docks ready to board the largest, most luxurious, and safest passenger ship afloat. Along with passengers waiting on the dock, their families and friends were ready to wave goodbye to them, in most cases forever. There were 1,846 souls onboard her when she departed Southampton. However, as she was sailing out of Southampton, her wake snapped the ropes of

the SS New York as she was passing by her. Passengers on her decks looked in awe as the New York almost collided with Titanic; tugboats managed to pull the New York away from Titanic’s path avoiding a collision.

6:35pm - Titanic dropped anchor near the central fort in Cherbourg, France. The SS Nomadic and SS Traffic ferried 274 second- and first-class passengers to the ship. Amongst these first-class passengers were some of the most famous and wealthiest American passengers, including Margaret Brown and John Jacob Astor, along with his young pregnant wife Madeleine Astor, who boarded the Titanic here. At 8:10 pm, Titanic finally departed Cherbourg, France, heading for Queenstown, Ireland.

11 April 1912, 11:30am - Titanic arrived in Queenstown, Ireland, dropping anchor at Roches Point outer anchorage. Instead of Titanic coming into the harbour, two tenders, PS Ireland and PS America, were coming out of the harbour. It was more efficient for the two tenders to ferry baggage and passengers to the Titanic in order for the ship to do a quick turn-around and be on her way to New York, instead of coming all the way into the harbour just as they did in Cherbourg, France. At least eight passengers disembarked Titanic, including Father Francis Browne, who took the final photographs of Titanic. A fireman, who had signed up for the whole voyage, deserted the ship and got off in Queenstown. Altogether, the Titanic picked up 123 additional passengers in Ireland. This brought Titanic’s total number of passengers and crew aboard to 2,208 when she left Queenstown, Ireland. Senior wireless operator, Jack Phillips, was celebrating his 25th Birthday.

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12-13 April 

12 April 1912 - Titanic is en route to New York. The weather is calm and sunny, and passengers are settling into the luxuries of the grandest ship afloat. The first ice warnings were received by the Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Ireland. By noon, they had traveled 484 miles, and only 21 of her 29 boilers were lit.

13 April 1912 - A daily inspection of the ship takes place between 9:00am-11:00am. Chief engineer Joseph Bell, reports to Captain Smith that the fire in boiler room six, which had been burning until they left Belfast, has now been extinguished. Later, in the evening, the Titanic has been exchanging signals with her Morse lamp from the bridge with a ship eastbound, the SS Rappahannock, that there are reports of field ice ahead of Titanic’s course. Also, the wireless machine had broken down, and Jack Phillips and junior wireless operator, Harold Bride, were up most of the night fixing the machine.

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14 April (pre 11:40pm)

Today, a lifeboat drill was scheduled to take place, but was cancelled. Church services took place in all classes, Catholics, Christians and Jewish. The Titanic had been receiving ice warnings all day from various ships. One of these messages was from the SS Baltic; this message was delayed to the bridge. This message was given to Captain Smith, and he showed this message to J. Bruce Ismay, the chairman of the White Star Line, who showed it off to some fellow passengers, but it was requested to be returned at around 7pm.

8:00pm - Fourth Officer Boxhall and Sixth Officer Moody report to the bridge to take their four-hour watch. They take over the watch of Third Officer Pitman and Fifth Officer Lowe watch.

8:55pm - Captain Smith enters the bridge after attending the Widener’s private party in the A La Carte restaurant. Lightoller comments to the captain that the air temperature has dropped and orders Carpenter Maxwell to attend to the freshwater supply.

9:20pm -10:00pm - Captain Smith retires to bed giving the order to Second Officer Lightoller to wake him if the weather becomes hazy.

10:00pm - 11:00am - First Officer Murdoch comes on to the bridge to take over the watch from Second Officer Lightoller. Robert Hitchens is at the helm of the ship. Lightoller tells Murdoch that the air temperature is 32°F and that he’s told the crow’s nest to keep an eye out for large icebergs and growlers. Up in the crow’s nest, Archie Jewell and Symons are about to be relieved by Frederick Fleet and Reginald Lee. The Californian has switched off its wireless after an incoming message from the Californian nearly deafened Jack Phillips, and he replied with a message telling the Californian that he was busy working

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