April 14, 2017 by gCaptain
Today, April 14, 2017, marks exactly 105 years since the infamous RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank during its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic, killing more than 1,500 passengers and crew.
To this day the sinking of the Titanic continues to be one the most famous shipwreck disasters in history, thanks in part to its lasting impact on the maritime industry with the creation of SOLAS and, more likely, the 1997 blockbuster Titanic.
Watch the video below:
A perfect example of this fascination with the historic event is why the video above reached YouTube’s most popular list and has since racked up more than 18 million views since it was uploaded one year ago.
The video shows a full, real-time recreation of the RMS Titanic sinking from its initial impact with the iceberg to its sinking below the waves some 2 hours and 40 minutes later. It was created as a promo for an upcoming video game named Titanic Honor & Glory, and includes overlaid text and sound to highlight some key moments in the event.
This is a complete animation; not a short animation that was slowed down to match real time. This is also highly accurate, though we have already documented improvements we plan to make for the final game.
The animation includes text frequently appearing with what is happening on board the ship. This includes visuals of various interior rooms flooding, lifeboats launching, rockets firing, and the Californian on the horizon.
For those of you who don’t have 3 hours, below are some of the main points so you can skip ahead (these are according to the uploader, not us):
0:30 – Iceberg spotted.
1:05 – Titanic collides with iceberg.
6:06 – The ship has stopped as damage inspections are carried out.
7:44 – Captain Smith orders engines to ‘Half Ahead’.
19:41 – Titanic stops for the last time.
20:04 – Excess steam is vented.
38:08 – The Titanic begins taking on a ‘starboard list’.
43:03 – Thomas Andrews estimates 1-2 hours before the ship sinks.
46:23 – The first distress calls are sent out.
48:38 – Lights of another ship are spotted on the horizon.
53:07 – Most lifeboats are prepared to evacuate passengers.
58:20 – Carpathia responds to Titanic’s distress calls.
1:01:29 – Lifeboat 7 is launched.
1:05:03 – Lifeboat 5 is launched.
1:05:21 – The D-Deck gangway doors are opened.
1:06:04 – The telegraph operators begin using ‘SOS’.
1:07:22 – Lifeboat 5 encounters lowering difficulties.
1:08:02 – Officer Boxhall launches the first distress rocket in an attempt to signal the ship on the horizon.
1:10:24 – The Carpathia confirms it is on it’s way.
1:11:03 – Steam stops venting from the funnels.
1:13:20 – The starboard list is eliminated as Boiler Room 5 floods.
1:21:28 – Lifeboat 8 leaves.
1:28:22 – Suction pumps are activated.
1:31:33 – Lifeboat 6 is launched.
1:36:57 – Water is up to the Titanic’s nameplate.
1:39:37 – Titanic begins listing to port.
1:41:43 – Lifeboat 16 is launched.
1:46:54 – Lifeboat 14 is launched.
1:51:18 – Lifeboat 14 is dropped 4 feet into the sea from its falls after they jammed.
1:51:42 – Lifeboat 12 is launched.
1:52:29 – Lifeboat 9 is launched.
1:58:53 – Lifeboat 11 is launched.
2:00:41 – Lifeboat 13 is launched.
2:05:21 – Lifeboat 13 is pushed aft by the discharging condenser, jamming it on the falls.
2:05:50 – Lifeboat 15.
2:05:42 – Lifeboat 13 cannot release itself as Lifeboat 15 comes down on top of it.
2:07:07 – Lifeboat 13 is released and is pulled out from underneath Lifeboat 15 as 15 lands in the water.
2:07:38 – Lifeboat 2 is launched.
2:09:31 – The lights on the horizon disappear.
2:11:52 – Lifeboat 4.
2:12:22 – Lifeboat 10.
2:22:12 – It is now 2AM. The Titanic has 20 minutes left.
2:26:10 – Collapsible Boat D is launched.
2:29:39 – The last messages from the Titanic are heard.
2:30:46 – Collapsible A is slid off the Officers’ Quarters roof.
2:31:03 – The Wireless Room is abandoned.
2:31:42 – Collapsible B is thrown from the roof of the office quarters. It lands upside down in the water.
2:34:01 – Survivors distinctly hear 4 explosions from deep within the ship.
2:39:23 – All remaining power is lost. The ship breaks in two.
2:40:36 – Titanic is gone. Rescuers do not arrive for another hour and 40 minutes.
2:40:51 – Titanic is heard below the surface as it breaks apart, implodes and falls to the sea floor.
To mark the 105th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, the makers of the video are hosting a full week of real-time events. You can check out those events here.
Dimensions and layout
Titanic was 882 feet 9 inches (269.06 m) long with a maximum breadth of 92 feet 6 inches (28.19 m). Her total height, measured from the base of the keel to the top of the bridge, was 104 feet (32 m). She measured 46,328 gross register tons and with a draught of 34 feet 7 inches (10.54 m), she displaced 52,310 tons.
All three of the Olympic-class ships had ten decks (excluding the top of the officers' quarters), eight of which were for passenger use. From top to bottom, the decks were:
- The Boat Deck, on which the lifeboats were housed. It was from here during the early hours of 15 April 1912 that Titanic's lifeboats were lowered into the North Atlantic. The bridge and wheelhouse were at the forward end, in front of the captain's and officers' quarters. The bridge stood 8 feet (2.4 m) above the deck, extending out to either side so that the ship could be controlled while docking. The wheelhouse stood directly behind and above the bridge. The entrance to the First Class Grand Staircase and gymnasium were located midships along with the raised roof of the First Class lounge, while at the rear of the deck were the roof of the First Class smoke room and the relatively modest Second Class entrance. The wood-covered deck was divided into four segregated promenades: for officers, First Class passengers, engineers, and Second Class passengers respectively. Lifeboats lined the side of the deck except in the First Class area, where there was a gap so that the view would not be spoiled.
- A Deck, also called the Promenade Deck, extended along the entire 546 feet (166 m) length of the superstructure. It was reserved exclusively for First Class passengers and contained First Class cabins, the First Class lounge, smoke room, reading and writing rooms and Palm Court.
- B Deck, the Bridge Deck, was the top weight-bearing deck and the uppermost level of the hull. More First Class passenger accommodation was located here with six palatial staterooms (cabins) featuring their own private promenades. On Titanic, the A La Carte Restaurant and the Café Parisien provided luxury dining facilities to First Class passengers. Both were run by subcontracted chefs and their staff; all were lost in the disaster. The Second Class smoking room and entrance hall were both located on this deck. The raised forecastle of the ship was forward of the Bridge Deck, accommodating Number 1 hatch (the main hatch through to the cargo holds), numerous pieces of machinery and the anchor housings. Aft of the Bridge Deck was the raised Poop Deck, 106 feet (32 m) long, used as a promenade by Third Class passengers. It was where many of Titanic's passengers and crew made their last stand as the ship sank. The forecastle and Poop Deck were separated from the Bridge Deck by well decks.
- C Deck, the Shelter Deck, was the highest deck to run uninterrupted from stem to stern. It included both well decks; the aft one served as part of the Third Class promenade. Crew cabins were housed below the forecastle and Third Class public rooms were housed below the Poop Deck. In between were the majority of First Class cabins and the Second Class library.
- D Deck, the Saloon Deck, was dominated by three large public rooms—the First Class Reception Room, the First Class Dining Saloon and the Second Class Dining Saloon. An open space was provided for Third Class passengers. First, Second and Third Class passengers had cabins on this deck, with berths for firemen located in the bow. It was the highest level reached by the ship's watertight bulkheads (though only by eight of the fifteen bulkheads).
- E Deck, the Upper Deck, was predominantly used for passenger accommodation for all three classes plus berths for cooks, seamen, stewards and trimmers. Along its length ran a long passageway nicknamed Scotland Road, in reference to a famous street in Liverpool. Scotland Road was used by Third Class passengers and crew members.
- F Deck, the Middle Deck, was the last complete deck and mainly accommodated Second and Third Class passengers and several departments of the crew. The Third Class dining saloon was located here, as were the swimming pool and Turkish bath.
- G Deck, the Lower Deck, was the lowest complete deck that carried passengers, and had the lowest portholes, just above the waterline. The squash court was located here along with the travelling post office where letters and parcels were sorted ready for delivery when the ship docked. Food was also stored here. The deck was interrupted at several points by orlop (partial) decks over the boiler, engine and turbine rooms.
- The Orlop Decks and the Tank Top below that were on the lowest level of the ship, below the waterline. The orlop decks were used as cargo spaces, while the Tank Top—the inner bottom of the ship's hull—provided the platform on which the ship's boilers, engines, turbines and electrical generators were housed. This area of the ship was occupied by the engine and boiler rooms, areas which passengers would have been prohibited from seeing. They were connected with higher levels of the ship by flights of stairs; twin spiral stairways near the bow provided access up to D Deck. SOURCE: Wikipedia