It was an immense day in the life of the Titanic. April 10th is when she set off from England to begin her 7-day maiden voyage; the beginning of her ending.
The photograph above shows some of the Titanic's passengers boarding.
A collision almost struck the very hour that the Titanic left her berth in Southampton. She traveled down the channel towards the open sea, by assistance of 6 tugboats. Once the tugboats released the Titanic, she was on her own, steaming through the water. She passed through a narrow part of the channel right beside 2 other (smaller) ocean liners that were tied together, which were the White Star Line's Oceanic & the American Line's New York.
The New York came dangerously close, two ships coming within inches of each other. Because the Titanic was so huge, she displaced 52,310 tons of the water surrounding her, which created a suction effect. This was the consequence of creating such gigantic ocean liners. The near-collision with the New York could have been fatal, but thankfully, the situation was averted. The photo to the left shows, from a camera on the Titanic, just how close the New York was getting.
Be here tomorrow, for an inside look at the Titanic, and what the passengers would have seen as they entered on April 10th.