Iceberg on the horizon!

Just before midnight on 14 April, the Titanic’s passengers were enjoying a pleasant but cold night on board. There was no wind, the sea was calm and the moonless sky was filled with stars, which gently lit the surface of the ocean.

It was then that the lookouts reported a giant iceberg drifting towards the Titanic. First Officer William Murdoch immediately ordered the ship to change course and the direction of the propellers to be reversed to slow it down. But it was too late and there was no longer any way to prevent the collision of the starboard side with the giant mass of ice.

The engineer behind the construction of the Titanic, Thomas Andrews, assessed the situation and the captain was informed of its severity: the Titanic was sinking and nothing could be done to prevent it.