Voyage of the Titanic
By: Luke Street
Teacher: Roderick Douglas
The Titanic began her voyage from Southampton, bound for New York City on April 10th, 1912, with Captain Edward J. Smith in command. As Titanic left her berth, her wake caused a liner, SS New York, to break away from her dock, whereupon she was drawn dangerously close (about four feet) to Titanic before a tugboat towed New York away. The incident delayed departure for about thirty minutes. Titanic stopped at Cherbourg, France, to board more passengers and stopped again the next day at Queenstown (known today as Cobh), Ireland after crossing the English channel. As harbor facilities at Queenstown were sufficient for a ship of her size, Titanic had to anchor off-shore, with small boats, which are known as tenders, ferrying the passengers loading and leaving the ship.
John Coffey, who was a 23-year-old stoker, jumped ship at Queenstown by stowing away on a tender and hiding amongst mailbags destined for shore. A native of the town, he had probably joined the ship with this purpose, but afterwards he said that the reason he had smuggled himself off the liner was that he held a prediction about the voyage. He later signed on to join the crew of Mauretania.
On the maiden voyage of Titanic, some of the most well-known people of the day were traveling first class. Among them were millionaire John Jacob Astor IV and his wife Madeleine Force Astor, industrialist Benjamin Guggenheim, Macy’s owner Isidor Straus and his wife Ida, Denver millionaires Margaret "Molly" Brown (who is known as the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" due to her efforts in helping other passengers while the ship sank), Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon and his wife, couturier Lucy (Lady Duff-Gordon), and many others were scheduled for first class but cancelled at the last minute. Traveling in first class aboard the ship were White Star Line's managing director J. Bruce Ismay and the ship's builder Thomas Andrews, who was on...