First Officer William Murdoch inexplicably changed his mind.
“Full astern,” he ordered. “Maintain course.”
R.M.S. Titanic rammed an immense chunk of ice in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With a crippled bow but only partially flooded, the ship limped to Halifax. Interestingly, not a single fatality was reported.
Disgruntled passengers bemoaned their tardy arrival to New York City.
Titanic remained in dry dock for several months but returned to civilian service before the Great War.
Nearly scrapped during the Great Depression, Titanic survived a series of owners before a final docking in Atlantic City as a hotel and casino.