The first boat was launched with only 28 people in it- woefully under-filled.
The evacuation process followed the ‘’women and children first’’ protocol, however there was a clear class bias; many first-class men were saved yet a large portion of third-class women and children perished.
However, by the time the captain went down to inspect the damage of the impact, five compartments were already filled with seawater, and at that time the crew realized that the impact was more than just a minor collision and realized the Titanic was sinking.
After an hour of the collision occurring, a disorganized and chaotic evacuation began.
The Titanic struck an iceberg on April 14 at around 2330.
The impact wasn’t seen to be a fatal one initially as the firemen compared the sound of the impact to ‘’the tearing of calico, nothing more’’.
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Titanic, in full Royal Mail Ship (RMS) Titanic, British luxury passenger liner that sank on April 14–15, 1912, during its maiden voyage, en route to New York City from Southampton, England, killing about 1,500 () passengers and ship personnel.
There were only 20 lifeboats with each lifeboat having a capacity of 65 people.
However the evacuation crew was inexperienced and did not know how to properly follow procedures, so many boats were launched under-filled.