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Titanic 11:40 PM 14 April 1912


Iceberg (Photo credit: dnkemontoh)

First Officer Murdoch sights the iceberg from Titanic’s starboard (right) bridge wing, and turns to run towards the wheelhouse inside the enclosed bridge. Then lookout Fleet  spots the iceberg, rings the crow’s nest warning bell 3 times (indicating object dead ahead of the ship), and reaches for the bridge phone to warn the bridge.

Murdoch yells, “Hard-a-starboard!”

The quartermaster turns the wheel as Sixth Officer Moody watches quartermaster Hichens to insure the order is carried out, while the bridge phone rings. Murdoch returns to the enclosed bridge, he grabs the handles of the engine order telegraph and pulls them back to “all back full.”

The quartermaster has the ship hard, which Moody announces. Moody answers the bridge telephone.

“Are you there?”, asks Fleet.

“What do you see?”, asks Moody.

“Iceberg, right ahead!”, announces Fleet.

“Thank you.”, replies Moody. Moody then announces to the First Officer “Iceberg, Right ahead!”

While this is going on the engine room answers “all back full” on the engine order telegraph, and Murdoch immediately pushes the handles ahead to “all stop.” At first glance this seems improbable, but Murdoch does not have a quick way of communicating with the engine room, but going from ahead full to all back full in mid-ocean is highly unusual (the ship should be at ahead full until it is close to its next port). This unusual series of orders allows the first officer to warn the engineers the ship is in danger.

The iceberg is too close and will hit Titanic. The only thing Murdoch can do is to complete the port-around maneuver, which will move the back of Titanic away from the iceberg.

Titanic runs over the iceberg and the sterns turns away from the iceberg. Captain Smith rushes to the bridge and orders the ship to be sounded … he needs a damage report.

The memorial at Dalbeattie town hall to First ...

The memorial at Dalbeattie town hall to First Officer William McMaster Murdoch of the RMS Titanic. The inscription reads: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Zoom on RMS Titanic's bridge and crow nest

Zoom on RMS Titanic's bridge and crow nest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Several engine order telegraphs on the bridge ...

Several engine order telegraphs on the bridge of RMS Queen Mary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Frederick Fleet

Frederick Fleet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The berg. This is the iceberg that matches the physical decription of one of Titanic's crew members. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Something to Smile About

Something to Smile About.

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Something to Smile About

This is not the start of a new trend, but someone shared this on my facebook wall and I wanted to share it with you. It’s funny even though they spelled iceberg wrong.

I Don't know who did this.

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Titanic: “Iceberg Right Ahead!” – Conventional Chronology Wrong

Titanic: “Iceberg Right Ahead!” – Conventional Chronology Wrong.

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For 100 years we thought we knew the sequence of events from sighting the iceberg, to the hard a-starboard. We were wrong here is the real sequence of events.

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Titanic: Original Titanic Passenger List from the U.K. National Archives

At the U.K. National Archives you can get an excel spreadsheet transcription of the Titanic’s passenger list, or view (and download) a photo copy of the handwritten original passenger list. The U.K. National Archives is a great source for information on Titanic and the White Star Line. If you have not been to their website, you might be surprised at what you can find.

NOTE: Passenger  lists from the Titanic will have errors and any person that purchased tickets on the day of sailing may not be on the archived passenger lists. Also, any person who upgraded their ticket on the day of sailing may be listed in the wrong class. Sailing lists and passenger lists were handwritten in 1912 and the most accurate lists would have been onboard the Titanic.



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