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TITANIC's final hours

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.

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