The Maiden voyage of the Titanic was scheduled to consist of four trips: from Southampton to Cherbourg, then continue to Queenstown, across the Atlantic Ocean to New York, then finally back to Belfast.


1647 passengers embarked at Southampton. 24 of them only paid for a trip to France and left the ship in Cherbourg. Titanic arrived one hour late in France because of a near-collision in Southampton with the SS New York. One passenger, scheduled to embark in Cherbourg, still missed the boat despite that delay. Frank Carlson's car broke down and Titanic left without him, however his name remained on the passenger list and was erroneously added to the list of missing people after the disaster.

These 24 people disembarked in Cherbourg:


On the second part of the maiden voyage, some steering trials were undertaken. It seemed like Titanic could turn very quickly once a maneuver was initiated. It took the necessary time to start turning.

In Queenstown, most of the 123 embarked passengers were steerage. 7 passengers, all First Class passengers who boarded at Southampton, left the ship. Fireman John Coffey also left the ship: he basically only wanted a free trip to Ireland and deserted. These 8 people had no idea they escaped one of mankind's greatest disasters. 

Atlantic westbound

The 1911-1912 winter had been one of the warmest in ages and there was much more drifting ice than normal. Captain Smith must have known the area was dangerous even for the largest moving object ever created by men. However, he had no choice but to go to New York, over 2200 passengers & crew counted on him to bring them there.