- Jul 8, 1999
I agree. Thins happened quite quickly after 02:15 am. In fact, contrary to my earlier belief, the sequence of events depicted do match Sam Halpern's description in his book. The time at the left upper corner of the animation reads 02:15 am when the port list started to ease and the forward and downward lurch occurred.I think many of us were caught off guard with how quick the plunge is (with lights on) since we were used to seeing movies and other depictions stretching this time to pack the drama in. The worst of it really was the break and what came after
As shown in the animation:
- Between 02:13 and 02:14 am the bridge was flooding.
- Between 02:14 am and 02:15 am Collapsible A was pushed down from the roof of the officer's deck and landed upright on the starboard side.
- Between 02:15 am and 02:16 am the port list started to ease and the Titanic gave that forward and downward lurch. This generated the 'wave' that washed away Collapsibles A & B.
- Between 02:16 and 02:17 am the wave was moving up towards the stern, washing away several people. The first funnel fell among the swimmers, crushing several. The stern started to rise faster.
- Between 02:17 and 02:18 am the second funnel fell, lights flickered and failed and the break-up started. The considerable mangling of the decks in the forward part of the stern section was very well depicted.
- Between 02:18 and 02:19 am the stern started to flood rapidly through the exposed decks, displacing the air within. The rear end started to rise again steadily.
- Between 02:19 and 02:20 the stern continued to rise and started to sink at the open end. It assumed an almost vertical position at which time the mainmast was still completely visible above the water surface. I estimated that about 250 feet of the stern section was still above the water when it became vertical, which would have looked "enormous" against the starlit sky to onlookers from nearest lifeboats.
- Between 02:20 and 02:21 am the stern section steadily sank from a near vertical position and disappeared from view (17 seconds after the clock indicated 02:20 am).