In the 20 minutes since Titanic struck the iceberg two tours of the forward part of the ship have been conducted. After the first tour, Captain Smith knew the ship was badly damaged, but according to Chief Officer Bell the pumps could keep up with the water. Captain Smith gave the order for Titanic to move slow ahead. Now, because of the increase in incoming water due to Titanic getting underway again, the pumps can no longer keep up with the incoming water, even after Titanic stops. Titanic will sink.
Captain Smith orders the boats to be uncovered and distress signals to be sent. At 12:25 Captain Smith will order the life boats to be loaded … women and children first.
RMS Titanic Women's Memorial (Photo credit: dbking)
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I just want to give you a preview of some future topics.
First for all of those interested in Titanic, “Titanic, The Journey Begins” will be my last Titanic book. However, I will always be looking for new Titanic information. I will always have a Titanic tab where I will be writing Titanic articles and posting new Titanic information. So even after my last Titanic book is out, you will still be able to find new Titanic information and articles here.
After the Titanic Centennial, I will be writing an article for another web site on the S.S. Bannockburn. I will post a link to that article here on my page. The S.S. Bannockburn is known as the Flying Dutchman of the Great Lakes. The S.S. Bannockburn disappeared in a storm on Lake Superior in 1902. However, for more than 100 years the ship has supposedly been sighted on Lake Superior. The Bannockburn had a unique profile which made the ship easy to identify, this is why all of the sightings after the ship sank are interesting to me.
Photograph of the S.S. Bannockburn - 1893. Public domain, original source unknown.
After the Bannockburn article, I will start research for a new book on the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. I have never been satisfied with the investigation into the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald, and want to see what I can find out. The investigation into the loss of the ship blamed the crew for its loss and answered very few questions. I have always felt it was too convenient to blame men who could not defend themselves. We owe it to those men to get to the bottom of that ship’s loss.
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald in the St. Mary's River in May, 1975. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Figure 1: Trackline/Course of the SS EDMUND FITZGERALD (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Figure 3: Sketch of the relative positions of the bow to the stern section (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are a few other projects I have in my “to-do” list, but I’ll tell you about those later. Also if there is something YOU would like me to investigate, drop me a line. Our e-mail addresses are on our contacts page.
Thank You & have a great day !
Titanic Underway On Her Own Power, For The First Time.
Our lead article for our R.M.S. TITANIC CENTENNIAL OBSERVANCE EVENT
Find out about two little know Titanic survivors. One proposed to his future wife as they entered a Titanic lifeboat.
R.M.S. Titanic In The News.
“Titanic, A Search For Answers” is now available in hardback, with even more photographs.
It should be available at amazon in about two months, but you can buy it now at LuLu by following the link below.