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ship, his last command before retiring was indeed going to sink. He ordered passengers to begin entering the lifeboats, and he began the calls for help. Passengers were so frightened they began pushing and shoving in order to get a seat on the lifeboats. The crew members then ordered a only “women and children” first rule. The crew had great difficulty separating the women from their husbands. It took a lot of convincing and reassuring. First class was loaded on the lifeboats first, then second class and finally only very few third class passengers made it onto the boats. The rest perished into the icy waters. This was Titanic’s first lifeboat drill. There was no explanation to why that there never had been a practice in case of an emergency, but it was later believed that people actually thought that Titanic was unsinkable and there was no need for the drill. Titanic was firing off rockets and sending messages for help. The Carpathia replied to one of the first calls, ” We are coming, as hard as possible, should be there in 4 hours”. As the situation became more desperate, the calls for assistance became more insistent. Lifeboats were leaving the ship not-quite half-full. No one on board knew of the extreme shortage of boats and the majority of them would never make it off the ship alive. They also did not realize that the water was freezing and help was 4 hour away. There was very few lifeboats left. As the ship sank lower, more water entered the ship through open portholes and the anchor chain openings. This increased the intake of water by 12 square feet for each anchor opening. The pumps could not keep up with that amount of water coming in. As the stern rose higher, the bow sank lower. As the slant of the ship grew steeper, everything that was loose started crashing forward creating a roar to be heard from the lifeboats. The last people left on the boat stayed on top of the stern, they included Father Byles who was conducting Holy services. It was supposed to solace 1500 or so passengers and crew left aboard. At 2:20 am on April 15th 1912 after 2 hours and 40 minutes, the Titanic was indeed sinkable. The stern actually “righted” herself which gave false hope to the remaining passengers and crew. The stern was afloat for around 15 minutes it started to sink taking along 1500 souls with her. The brave engineers, workers , loved ones and the orchestra were among the 1500. The water was around 28 degrees. Most of the people in the water did not last much longer than 15 minutes. Only one lifeboat came back to rescue the freezing swimmers. There was a real fear of “swamping” if the boat went back immediately. By the time the boats turned back to save people, it was too late. Only a little few were alive. The lifeboats had ben adrift for a little over 2 hours when a rocket was sighted. The Carpathia’s captain, Arthur H. Rostron kept his word, he and his crew had arrived in less than 4 hours. The Carpathia was initially on the scene. She still had to cross the icefields, but was ready to pick up survivors. The rescue began a little after 4:00 a.m and the last lifeboat was picked up at approximately 8:00 a.m. Only 705 passengers and crew survived. The sinking of the Titanic is now known as one of the greatest disasters at sea. She went down in the international waters just off the east coast of Canada. New York awaited the arrival of Titanic but only greeted the Carpathia. Almost 3000 people are now laid to rest at the bottom of the ocean along with the “Unsinkable Ship of Dreams”. Many families went on in their lives without husbands, wives, children, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and grandparents. New theories blame Captain Smith for the sinking of the Titanic because he ignored the emergency call from his crew workers. How could something so admired and anticipated not make it to it’s destination on her first maiden journey? It truly was a “night to remember”.