April 13, 1912: Bruce Ismay Urges Captain Smith to Speed Up

Titanic and Olympic were built for luxury and size and were never meant for speed. That was the Cunard Line's market, but Ismay wants to see if Titanic can beat Olympic's record and arrive in New York on Tuesday night instead of Wednesday. 

On Saturday, April 13th, First class passenger Elizabeth Lyons overhears Ismay and Captain Smith discussing the speed of the ship in the First Class Reception Room...

Video Provided By: James Cameron's Titanic Explorer 

It was generally a routine on a brand new ship not push the engines to full speed, but to wait until the next voyage to give them a proper run in period. This was a precaution to avoid damage to the engines. 

Watch this illustration to see an engine like Titanic's in motion...