April 15, 1912: The Loud Roar / Captain Orders Lifeboats Uncovered
Monday, April 15th
Titanic had been traveling at nearly full speed at the time of the collision. The excess steam from the boilers was vented from the 3 working funnels creating a loud and thundering roar. Captain Smith orders the lifeboats to be uncovered and life jackets to be distributed to all. The crew members are unfamiliar with the new Welin davits that hold Titanic's lifeboats. The venting steam is so loud that they have to shout or use hand signals to communicate. The cold weather and loud noise is too much for the passengers and most go back inside.