The RMS Titanic was touted at the “Unsinkable Ship” – I mean, with all of her new and high tech equipment how could she possibly sink! You can just imagine how much hype the maiden voyage of this ship generated. Below I am going to lay out the setting sail of the Titanic and provide some of the news coverage from that day – 99 years ago today. There will be a few other posts this week about the upcoming 100th anniversary commemoration, the sinking, and exploring the wreck – so please stay tuned!
|From The New York Herald 4/10/1912|
The Titanic set sail from Southampton, England on April 10, 1912 – it would make stops to pick up passengers in Cherbourg, France and Queenstown, Ireland before actually getting underway to its ultimate destination – New York City.
|From The Evening News, Ada,|
Upon picking up its last passengers, Titanic had a passenger load of 2,240 – including crew members. As this was the maiden voyage of a much hyped new ship there were many well known people in the first class rooms – roughly 329. Some of these names you might recognize: John Jacob Astor IV(millionaire) and his young wife, Madeline Astor, Isador (owner of Macy’s) and Ida Strauss, Margaret “Molly” Brown (the Unsinkable Molly Brown), and Thomas Andrews (ship builder) among many others. There were also approximately 285 second class passengers and 710 third class passengers.
|First Class Boarding Pass|
|Emigrant (3rd Class) Boarding Pass|
Upon setting out, no one would have thought that anything terrible could happen while on this ship – despite coming within feet of a collision with the SS New York while trying to leave the pier in Southampton. Only 4 days into this trip would they find that those unimagined fears would come true.
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