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11:39 P.M. Lookout Frederick Fleet spots a black object in their path. He rings the warning bell three times. Moody takes the telephone and receives the famous words: "Iceberg, right ahead!" Murdoch spotted it first because the ship was already turning.

11.40 P.M. Titanic collides with the iceberg, scraping its side under the water line for 75 metres. Fourth Officer Boxhall is abreast captain’s quarters walking toward bridge. Quartermaster Olliver steps onto bridge and sees Murdoch at the switch for the watertight doors. He also sees the peak of the iceberg pass the bridge and hears Murdoch call ‘Hard-a-port’. Boxhall steps onto bridge in time to see Murdoch still about the switch. Leading Fireman Barrett sees water pouring in 2 feet above the stokehold plates in Boiler Room 6, No.10 stokehold, and jumps through the watertight door into Boiler Room 5 with Second Engineer Hesketh just seconds before it closes. He then notices water coming into the empty starboard side forward bunker of Boiler Room 5. Coal falls all around trimmer George Cavell in the aft bunker of Boiler Room 4, and immediately he starts to dig himself out. 

11:41 P.M. Smith comes through the wheelhouse onto the bridge and asks Murdoch ‘What have we struck?’ Murdoch replies, ‘An iceberg, sir.’ Smith tells him to close the watertight doors. Murdoch says, ‘They are already closed, sir.’ Boxhall, Murdoch, and Smith step out briefly onto the starboard bridge wing to look for the berg as the ship’s head is now swinging to starboard with the tiller hard over to port. Titanic's two-degree port list has already disappeared.

11:42 P.M. Boxhall drops down to inspect forward passenger spaces. Lightoller, still in his quarters, notices that the ship’s engines have stopped and decides to get out of his cabin to investigate. Passenger Lawrence Beesley notices engines have stopped and decides to go up the Second Class Staircase to the Boat Deck to investigate. Greaser Thomas Ranger notices changeover valves in turbine room had come up indicating the turbine engine had stopped. Seaman Scarrott sees the iceberg off the starboard quarter as ship’s stern is pulling away as the ship is seen turning to starboard. Trimmer Dillon down in the engine room notices that the ship’s engines had stopped and then soon started to reverse. Hemming hears a hissing sound as air escapes from forepeak tank. On the Californian, Third Officer Groves drops down to talk to Captain Lord about an approaching ‘passenger steamer coming up on us’ from abaft their starboard beam.

11:43 P.M. After seeing Smith put the engine telegraphs to ‘stop’ and then what appeared to be ‘half speed ahead’, Quartermaster Olliver was told to go down and find the carpenter and tell him ‘to go and take the draft of the water.’ Dillon sees the ship’s engines start to go ahead slowly. Passenger Henry Stengel notices that the ship’s engines appear to be moving again, but was not sure why.

11:45 P.M. Fireman Shiers, having seen the iceberg off the starboard quarter disappearing into the night, now notices the ship was still moving but not by much. Sees ice on the well deck. Lightoller sees Murdoch looking out on port bridge wing, and also notices that the ship was moving only 4–6 knots through the water. He then decides to cross to the other side where he sees Smith looking out on the starboard bridge wing. Hemming discovers peak tank flooding fast from air hissing out of vent pipe, but soon finds out that the forepeak above tank was dry. Boatswain’s Mate Haines: ‘Just as I got there the chief officer, Mr Wilde, had gotten there, and the lamp trimmer was there, Mr Hemming.  We said the forepeak tank was filling; the air was coming out and the water was coming in.’ Many of the crew see ice on the forward well deck after coming up from below including Leading Fireman Hendrickson who, like Shiers, said he got a glimpse of the iceberg. Lightoller meets Pitman while returning to his cabin.

11:46 P.M. Titanic's engines are stopped for the last time after ship moved further away from the iceberg which had disappeared off the starboard quarter. Helene Baxter was upset when the engines had stopped, as the engines soothed her nausea. She had a panic attack. Ismay finds Smith on bridge, asks him what happened, and is told that the ship struck ice and may be seriously damaged.

11:47 P.M. Virginian standing by as ‘Cape Race working continuously with Titanic.’ Last signal exchanged between Carpathia and Titanic prior to distress message going out. Phillips did not know what happened to Titanic at this point in time other than some mishap took place. Bride was to later tell Senator Smith ‘that he [Phillips] thought she had got damaged in some way and that he expected that we should have to go back to Harland & Wolff’s.’ Hendrickson decides the collision was nothing serious and goes back down to his quarters to turn in again. Second Engineer Hesketh tells everyone to return to their stations, and Barrett and Shepherd climb up the escape to go back to Boiler Room 6. 

11:50 P.M. The water is already 14-feet above the keel in the first five compartments. Able Seaman Buley hears water entering hold 1 and sees tarp ballooning over hatch. Boatswain’s Mate Haines sees tarp ballooning over hatch in hold 1, and goes to inform Chief Officer Wilde. Leading Fireman Hendrickson told about water coming in at bottom of firemen’s tunnel after returning to his quarters on G Deck, sees water coming in from starboard side looking down from G deck, and decides to go to the engine room to tell the engineers. Barrett sees water about 8ft over the stokehold plates in Boiler Room 6, and returns to Boiler Room 5 with Shepherd. Poingdestre returns to the mess room where the carpenter tells him that there is 7ft of water in hold 1. Hichens notices an initial 5° list to starboard. Boxhall returns from his inspection forward, reports no damage seen, ordered to find the carpenter to sound the ship forward, and meets the carpenter coming up the ladder from A deck on his way down.  After carpenter reported to Smith that holds 1, 2 and 3, were flooding, Smith decides to go below to find Chief Engineer Bell and/or meet up with Thomas Andrews. Andrews is seen coming through first class saloon, then down pantry stairs to E deck, and turn aft towards engine room by Saloon Watchman James Johnstone. 

12:00 A.M. Thomas Andrews makes his report to Captain Smith shortly after midnight. “Titanic will founder."

12:05 A.M. Smith gives the order to prepare the lifeboats, Second Officer Lightoller is in command of the port side, First Officer Murdoch in charge of the starboard side, along with Fifth Officer Harold Lowe and Sixth Officer James Moody helping where ever they could, the order to prepare the lifeboats was overseen by Chief Officer Henry Wilde. Water reaches steerage rooms on G-deck.

12:15 A.M. Captain Smith tells the wireless operators to send the distress call C.Q.D. from MGY (Titanic) and finally the new distress call S.O.S. The Titanic band begins to play. The squash court floods. At about the same time, several passengers and crew see the lights of another ship, perhaps as close as 6 miles away (This we now know was the Californian).

12:17 A.M. Carpathia receives distress message. C.Q.D. Responses also will come from the Ypiranga, Frankfurt, Baltic, Caronia, Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm, SS Mount Temple and Titanic's sister ship, RMS Olympic, later on until 2:05 a.m.

12:20 A.M. Water reaches into steerage cabins on the forward F-deck. All passengers are still on the ship, some not noticing the trouble that is happening.

12:30 A.M. The water reaches into the crew's cabins, on E-deck in front. The flooding of E Deck is a massive problem, since the water can now pass Scotland Road with no bulkhead or even a door to hold it back.

12:40 A.M. The first lifeboat, No. 7, is lowered under supervision of Murdoch, Pitman & Ismay. There are 28 people on board, capacity 65.

12:43 A.M. Lifeboat 5 is lowered. Lowe loses his temper with Ismay.

12:45 A.M. Fourth Officer Joseph Boxhall fires the first of eight distress rockets and repeats the act every five minutes. The bow starts slanting forward more clearly now, and lays already very deep now.

12:55 A.M. Lifeboat No. 3 with 32 people aboard, is lowered.

1:00 A.M. Second Officer Lightoller lowers Lifeboat No. 8 with 28 people aboard. The watertight bulkhead between Boiler rooms 5 and 6 is tested by the pressure on the other side, the damage by the coal fire, and gives away. E Deck starts to flood, and Scotland Road makes the Titanic stop listing to starboard, and immediately after, she is much more heavily listing to port. The news that Titanic is sinking reaches Cape Race and the U.S. Half the world is now listening to Titanic. The Grand Staircase landing on E Deck starts flooding.

1:05 A.M. Lifeboat No. 1, with a capacity of 40, has only 12 aboard, including 5 passengers and 7 crew. This will be the lifeboat with the lowest number of people aboard.

1:10 A.M. Second Officer Lightoller lowers lifeboat No. 6 with 28 people aboard.

1:15 A.M. Titanic lurches 1 or 2 degrees to port, the deck tilting.

1:20 A.M. Lifeboat 16 is lowered with 40 people on board.

1.25 A.M. Fifth Officer Harold Lowe brandishes his gun to deter men from rushing boat No. 14; it finally gets away with 58 people aboard. The First Class Dining Saloon starts taking in water.

1:26 A.M. The forward well deck floods.

1:29 A.M. The forecastle floods.

1.30 A.M. No. 9 is lowered, this time with 56 people aboard. Lifeboat 12 is lowered away.

1:35 A.M. First Officer Murdoch gets lifeboat No. 11 away with over 70 people aboard. Ruth Elizabeth Becker returns to the boat deck, having gone back to her family's cabin to collect blankets. She arrives to see No. 11 being lowered with her entire family on board. Her mother yells for her to get into the next boat. She runs to and is placed in boat No. 13 by Sixth Officer Moody.

1.40 A.M. Sixth Officer James Moody lowers boat No. 13 with 65 people aboard. The final distress rocket is fired. Thomas Andrews is seen standing in the first-class smoking room staring at a painting, "Plymouth Harbour", above the fireplace, his lifejacket lying on a nearby table. There were testimonies of sightings of Andrews after that moment. It appears that Andrews stayed in the smoking room for some time to gather his thoughts, then he continued assisting with the evacuation. The mystery ship (Californian) turns away or is no longer visible. B-Deck began flooding. Lifeboat 13 drifts under Lifeboat 15 after a condenser vent discharges water from the pumps, trying in vain to keep the ship from flooding.

1.41 A.M. Lifeboat No. 15 is lowered, this time with 65 people aboard. Under the rush to escape, Boat No. 13 is almost crushed when it is washed under the descending Boat No. 15.

1:45 A.M. Lifeboat No. 2 is lowered with 25 people aboard.

1:50 A.M. Lifeboats 10 & 4 with 35 and 30 people aboard respectively, leave the ship. Boat 10 rows behind the propellers.

1:55 A.M. Captain Smith, yelling through his megaphone, orders lifeboats to return to the starboard side of Titanic in order to pick up more passengers. No boats return, with at least one boat willfully ignoring the captain's orders.

2:00 A.M. Collapsible Boat C is two-thirds full when a group of passengers try to storm it, somebody (maybe Chief Purser Hugh McElroy or Chief Officer Wilde) fires his pistol twice skywards to try to attain some attention. Bruce Ismay, White Star director, climbs aboard the boat as it is lowered with 44 people aboard, an action that will bring vilification later. Thomas Andrews is seen back on the boat deck. The crowd has begun to stir, but there are still women reluctant to leave the ship. To be heard and to draw attention to himself, Andrews waves his arms and announces to them in a loud voice. Another reported sighting was of Andrews frantically throwing deck chairs into the ocean for passengers to use as floating devices. The water reaches the A-deck Promenade.

2:03 A.M. Titanic's band moves outside and continues to play.

2:04A.M. Titanic continues to slowly lose power. Steam decreases as each boiler is shut off as water enters each boiler room, Titanic's lights gradually start to burn a orange , flame-like glow,

2.05 A.M. Captain Smith goes to the wireless cabin and releases Phillips and Bride. Phillips continues to work while Bride gathers their papers before they leave. When Bride returns, he finds a stoker attempting to steal Phillips' life belt. The two wireless operators beat the stoker unconscious and leave him. The water reaches the rim of the A-Deck rail.

2:05 A.M. Collapsible D, with 22 women and children is lowered. It will be the last boat successfully launched from Titanic. Second Officer Lightoller draws his revolver to keep the men from rushing the boat. The crew forms a ring around the boat, allowing only women and children to pass through. Passengers Hugh Woolner and Mauritz Håkan Björnström-Steffansson make a jump for it from the A-Deck promenade, taking places 23 and 24 of the 47 available.

2.10 A.M. Steward Edward Brown saw the captain approach with a megaphone in his hand. He heard him say "Well boys, do your best for the women and children, and look out for yourselves.” He saw the Captain walk onto the bridge alone; This was the last reliable sighting of Smith. Cecil Fitzpatrick reported seeing Captain Smith on the bridge, talking to Andrews. He also saw Andrews leave the ship at the last minute. The water started going up the boat deck towards the collapsibles.

2.11 A.M. Crewmen struggle to free Collapsibles A and B from the roof of the officer’s quarters. Captain Smith is last seen in the bridge, the water up to his waist, his hands on the wheel. (note: this sighting of Smith is unreliable). Philadelphia banker Robert W. Daniel describes it. "I saw Captain Smith in the bridge. My eyes seemingly clung to him. The deck from which I had leapt was immersed. The water had risen slowly, and was now to the floor of the bridge. Then it was to Captain Smith's waist. I saw him no more. He died a hero." Just by then, the water comes settling over the boat deck, the bridge quickly goes under and the boats float away. Within the next few minutes, the Titanic band stops playing.

2:15 A.M. Titanic begins its rapid, final plunge into the sea. A giant wave washes across the boat deck, forcing the remaining passengers to the stern. Collapsible B falls onto the deck overturned, while A is half-swamped when the wave washes both boats into the sea. Men in the water scramble on top of the overturned Collapsible B. Many people are washed off the deck and fight to get into Collapsible A and on top of Collapsible B, but some occupants push them back. Meanwhile, water reaches funnel no #1, and its cords snap, causing it to fall on some swimmers. A giant suction hole is created. Lightoller and Gracie are pulled against the stokehold vents.

2:15:30s A.M. The Grand Staircase is flooded to the clock and a massive wave crashes through the iron and glass dome. The propellers now come out of the waters with the stern rising rapidly. In 30 seconds it reaches an angle of 10 to 16-18 degrees.

2:16 A.M. Gracie hangs onto the railing of the gym. Nearby, Thayer and Long dive into the sea. The second funnel bursts in a cloud of sparks due to hot air being released or coal dust ignited the funnel collapses to the starboard side, crushing the gymnasium. Gracie narrowly avoids this.

2:17 A.M. The stern reaches 23-30 degrees. Just half of the ship is out of the water. An increasing roar is heard by those in the boats, as everything movable in the ship breaks loose and crashes forward against walls and bulkheads. Some even fall to the submerged part. The pressure and gravity on the stern is too much to handle. It breaks off from the top to the keel, where the break-up stops. The double bottom is all that is holding Titanic together. The stern falls almost back level. Rhoda Abbott and her two sons fall into the pit of jagged metal as the deck breaks from beneath them. Only Rhoda survives.

2:17:30s A.M. Two more sections of the ship break off. The stern rapidly floods with water now, and the submerging front breaks off, sailing to the bottom of the ocean. The stern naturally floods.

2:18- 2:19 A.M. As the front section is sunk, the stern floods more, and rises in the air quickly till she reaches 80-89 degrees. The bow is still descending and goes down to the bottom. Cargo hatches in the stern burst open as air escapes. People are blown away. The ship sinks underneath people as it touches the water.

2:20-2:21 A.M. Titanic's stern holds still for half a minute, nearly vertical, but then goes down and takes 1503 lives along, some still inside its body. Others die in the icy water. Chief Baker Charles Joughin is the last person to leave the ship, riding it down like an elevator. He barely gets his hair wet as he steps off. The ship is gone. The stern section implodes and goes into a spiral dive, ripping itself apart as it falls. Survivors above later report hearing the implosion.

2:24 A.M. After a smooth journey of 3.9 kilometres (2.4 mi) down, the bow section hits the bottom of the ocean.

2:27 A.M. After a bumpy ride of 3.9 kilometres (2.4 mi) down, the stern section slams into the bottom of the ocean.