Chronology

Although the Titanic had a very short story as far as her liner career is concerned, it took 5 years from the decision to build her to her tragic encounter with an iceberg on her maiden voyage in the North Atlantic.

Here is a chronology of her main events:

Date Event
April 30, 1907 Order to proceed with construction.
March 31, 1909 The keel is laid.
May 31, 1911 12.13 pm The Titanic is launched.
January, 1912 Sixteen wooden lifeboats, along with four collapsible canvas-sided boats, are fitted on board the Titanic.
March 31, 1912 The outfitting of the Titanic is complete.
April 2, 1912 Completion.
Wed, April 10, 1912 9.30 to 11.30 am Passengers arrive in Southampton and board ship.
12.00 pm Departure from Southampton.
6.30 pm The Titanic rides anchor in Cherbourg, France.
8.10 pm The Titanic leaves for Queenstown, Ireland.
Thu, April 11, 1912 1.30 pm The Titanic leaves Queenstown for New York.
Fri, April 12, 1912 The Titanic sails through calm, clear weather.
Sat, April 13, 1912 The Titanic sails through calm, clear weather.
Sun, April 14, 1912 Seven ice warnings are received.
Sun, April 14, 1912 11.40 pm The lookouts see an iceberg dead ahead. The iceberg strikes the Titanic on the starboard side of her bow.
11.50 pm Water has poured in and risen 14 feet in the front part of the ship.
Mon, April 15, 1912 12.00 am The captain is told that the ship can only stay afloat for a couple of hours. He gives the call for a radio distress signal to be sent out.
12.05 am Orders are given to uncover the lifeboats and to get the passengers and crew ready on deck. But there is only enough room in the lifeboats for about half of the estimated 2,227 people on board.
12.25 am The order is given to start loading the lifeboats with women and children first. The Carpathia, southeast of the Titanic by about 58 miles, picks up a distress call and immediately heads, full speed, to the rescue.
12.45 am The first of the lifeboats is safely lowered away. It can carry 65 people but pulls away from the Titanic carrying only 12! The first distress rocket is fired. Eight rockets will be fired throughout the night.
1.15 am The tilt of the deck grows increasingly steeper. Lifeboats now begin to leave more fully loaded.
1.40 am Most of the forward lifeboats have been lowered. Passengers now move towards the stern of the ship.
2.05 am The last lifeboat leaves. There are now over 1,500 people left on board the sinking ship. The tilt on the Titanic's decks grows steeper and steeper.
2.17 am The last radio call for help is sent out. Captain Smith tells his crew "It's every man for himself!". The Titanic's bow plunges under. Many passengers jump over board. The forward funnel collapses, crushing a number of people.
2.18 am The ship's lights blink once and then go out. Several survivors see the ship break in two. The bow section sinks.
2.20 am 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 into the sea. Those struggling in the icy water slowly freeze to death.
3.30 am The rescue ship, Carpathia's rockets are sighted by the survivors in the lifeboats.
4.10 am The first lifeboat is rescued.
8.10 am The last lifeboat is rescued.
Thu, April 18, 1912 9.00 pm The Carpathia reaches New York.
April 19 to May 25, 1912 An inquiry into the Titanic disaster is conducted by the United States Senate.
April 22 to May 15, 1912 Several ships are sent to the disaster site to search for bodies. A total of 328 bodies were found floating around the area.
May 2 to July 3, 1912 The British Inquiry is conducted.
April, 1913 As a result of the Titanic disaster, the International Ice Patrol is created to guard the North Atlantic sea lanes.
Sun, September 1, 1985 1.05 am A joint French - American scientific expedition led by Dr. Robert Ballard discovers the wreck of the Titanic.