"𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘊𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘨"
𝟭𝟬𝟵 years ago 𝗧𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰'𝘀 maiden voyage began, on 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝟭𝟬𝘁𝗵 𝟭𝟵𝟭𝟮. After departig new 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘋𝘰𝘤𝘬 at 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘰𝘯 and making it safely through the complex tides and channels of 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘰𝘯 𝘞𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 and the 𝘚𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘵, 𝗧𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰 disembarked the 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘰𝘯 pilot at the 𝘕𝘢𝘣 𝘓𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 and headed out into the 𝘌𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘭. She headed for the French port of 𝘊𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘨, a journey of 77 nautical miles (143 km). The weather was windy, very fine but cold and overcast. Because 𝘊𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘨 lacked docking facilities for a ship the size of 𝗧𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰, tenders had to be used to transfer passengers from shore to ship. The 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘓𝘪𝘯𝘦 operated two at 𝘊𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘨, the 𝗦𝗦 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰 and the 𝗦𝗦 𝗡𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗰. Both had been designed specifically as tenders for the 𝗢𝗹𝘆𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗰-𝗰𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀 liners and were launched shortly after 𝗧𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰. Four hours after 𝗧𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰 left 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘰𝘯, she arrived at 𝘊𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘨 and was met by the tenders. There, 274 additional passengers were taken aboard – 142 First Class, 30 Second Class, and 102 Third Class. Twenty-four passengers left aboard the tenders to be conveyed to shore, having booked only a cross-Channel passage. The process was completed within only 90 minutes and at 8 p.m. 𝗧𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰 weighed anchor and left for 𝘘𝘶𝘦𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘯 with the weather continuing cold and windy.
The general idea behind this new 2D digital drawing belongs to 𝗟𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗱𝘂𝘀, I just recreated his vision of this historic moment. And I express my deep gratitude to the 𝗖𝗼𝗱𝘂𝘀 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀, 𝗟𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝘆𝗿𝗶𝗹, for their help in creating this drawing. Their historical and technical advices are invaluable. Thank you.
This artwork was done in August 2019, and some you may remember the progress of it's creation, showed in a few WIP sketches. You can find some of them in the comments to this picture or in the "𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘪𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴" album. Unfortunately, due to various, often beyond my control, circumstances, I could not release this drawing earlier. But today's 109th anniversary looks like the perfect date for this.
Hope you like it. Enjoy and stay safe. 𝘚𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘺, 𝘈𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘯