14 April 2012

100 years ago: Titanic, Sunday at Sea

100 years ago today (Sunday, 14 April 1912)

On the 3rd morning of the Trans-Atlantic voyage, the Titanic continues to encounter calm and clear weather.

At 9am, Divine service is held in the first class dining saloon.

Fr. Thomas Byles heard confessions the day before and then celebrated Mass twice that Sunday morning: for the second class passengers in their lounge and then for the third class passengers.

At about noon, the Titanic's officers gather on the wing bridge to calculate the ship's position.

In the evening, the outside temperature drops drastically to about 33ºF.

At 9:20pm, Captain Smith retires for the night.

Fr. Byles is one of the few passengers on the upper deck at the moment the Titanic struck the iceberg. He was praying the Liturgy of the Hours.
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