Skip to main content

Edward J. Smith

The first and last trip of the “unsinkable” Titanic

Able Seaman William Lucas scampered up a ladder that dangled down the side of the new White Star liner Titanic. It was 11:50 A.M. — ten minutes before Southampton sailing time — on Wednesday, April 10, 1912. The gangplanks were already up, and Lucas was the last man aboard. A dozen stokers who appeared just after him were told they were too late.  Read more >>

We hope you enjoy our work.

Please support this 70-year tradition of trusted historical writing and the volunteers that sustain it with a donation to American Heritage.

Donate