April 15, 1912: At around 12:45 a.m., the first lifeboat is lowered into the freezing water and the first distress rocket is fired. Lifeboats continue to be launched, mostly only half full. The last lifeboat is lowered into the Atlantic a little after 2 a.m.
More than 1,500 people are still on the TITANIC, now sitting at a steep tilt. At 2:18 a.m., the last radio message is sent and the TITANIC snaps in half. By 2:20 a.m., she has sunk beneath the icy waters of the Atlantic. 😢
April 14, 1912: At 11:40 p.m., two hours after the last warning, ship lookout Frederick Fleet spots an iceberg directly in the path of the Titanic. First Officer Murdoch orders a hard starboard (left) turn, but the Titanic's right side scrapes the iceberg.
Ten minutes later, water has entered the front part of the ship and risen to a level of 14 feet. Captain Smith learns the ship can only stay afloat for two hours and gives orders to make first radio calls for help. He orders the crew to prepare the lifeboats and start getting the passengers and crew up on deck. There is only room in the lifeboats for about half the passengers and crew onboard. Women and children first.