|Titanic at the docks of Southampton.|
At noon April 10, 1912, the White Star Liner Titanic sets sail on her maiden voyage from the docks of Southampton UK to New York Harbor. The Titanic was described as the world's most luxurious floating hotel, the ship of dreams. Excitement filled the air! Those left behind waved frantically blowing kisses to friends and loved ones. Passengers were exuberant ready to enjoy luxury of a lifetime while crossing the Atlantic to America.
Delays had already occurred that added even more to the excitement of finally becoming so close to being underway. Titanic's sister ship, Olympic, collided with the HMS Hawke in September 1911 and in February 1912 the Olypmic also lost a propeller. The owners wanted to see the Olympic operational before the Titanic.
As the Titanic set sail, its beginning was not smooth. Disaster already loomed. There was a near collision with the SS New York when the New York's mooring snapped. The New York being much smaller than the Titanic was sucked into her wake as the Titanic's giant triple screw propellers rotated.
The Titanic sailed to Cherbourg in France and later to Queenstown in Ireland to pick up additional passengers. There were 1320 passengers and 907 crew onboard.
|On 10 April 1912 the Titanic set sail from Southampton on her maiden
voyage, bound for New York. |
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