What follows is a rough transcript of the final radio communications between the sinking Titanic and other ships in the area at the time of the disaster. I've compiled this transcript based on various sources. Many references are filled with gaps in communication, so I've filled them in as best I can.

You'll see a lot of abbreviation. Most of the three-letter designators are ship callsigns - MGY being the Titanic. CQD was the standard distress call for the period (CQ meaning "attention all ships" and D meaning distress.) When you see a callsign followed by another callsign, that is one ship addressing the other. ("MKC MGY" means "Olympic calling Titanic". "MGY CQD" means "Titanic calling all ships - distress".)

For your own reference, the actual time the Titanic struck the iceberg was recorded as 11:40pm on April 14 1912. The time the Titanic finally went under was 2:20am April 15. Parenthesis show sending and/or receiving stations. Times are approximate, based on timestamps on the transmissions.


00:15 - (Titanic -> *) "CQD CQD CQD CQD CQD CQD DE MGY 41.44 N. 50.24 W"
00:15 - (Frankfurt -> Titanic) "OK: stand by"

00:15 - (Titanic -> Mount Temple) "Can not read you OM, but here my 
position, 41.46 N., 50.14 W. Come at once. Have struck berg."

00:15 - (Mount Temple -> *) "MGY sending CQD says require assistance. 
Gives position. Cannot hear me. Advise my Captain his position at 41.46 N. 50.24 W."

00:15 - (Cape Race -> *) "MGY giving position on CQD 41.44 N. 50.24 W."

00:18 - (Ypiranga -> *) "MGY gives CQD here. Position 41.44 N. 50.24 W. Require 
assistance."

00:25 - (Carpathia -> Titanic)  "do you know that MCC is sending a 
batch of messages for you ?"
00:25 - (Titanic -> Carpathia) "Come at once. We have struck a berg. It's a CQD 
OM Position 41.46 N. 50.14 W."
00:25 - (Carpathia -> Titanic) "Shall I tell my Captain ? Do you require 
assistance ?"
00:25 - (Titanic -> Carpathia) "yes, come quick"
00:25 - (Carpathia -> Titanic) "Putting about and heading for you."

00:25 - (Cape Race -> *) "MGY give corrected position 41.46 N. 50.14 W. 
Calling him, no answer."

00:25 - (Titanic -> Ypiranga) "MGY CQD, Here corrected position 41.46 N. 50.14 W. 
Require immediate assistance. We have collision with iceberg. Sinking. Can 
hear nothing for noise of steam."

00:26 - (Titanic -> Frankfurt) "Are you coming to our assistance?"
00:26 - (Frankfurt -> Titanic) "What is the matter with you ?"
00:26 - (Titanic -> Frankfurt) "We have collision with iceberg. Sinking. Please 
tell Captain to come."
00:26 - (Frankfurt -> Titanic) "O.K. will tell the bridge right away"
00:26 - (Titanic -> Frankfurt) "O.K., yes, quick."

00:27 - (Titanic -> *) "MGY CQD require assistance immediately. Struck by 
iceberg in 41.46 N. 50.14 W."

00:30 - (Caronia -> Baltic) "MGY struck iceberg, require immediate assistance."

00:30 - (Mount Temple -> *) "MGY still calling CQD. Our Captain reverses ship. 
We are about 50 miles off."

00:38 - (Frankfurt -> Titanic) "position 39.47 N. 52.10 W."

00:45 - (Titanic -> Olympic) "MGY MKC SOS"

00:50 - (Titanic -> *) "MGY CQD require immediate assistance. Position 
41.46 N. 50.14 W."

00:53 - (Caronia -> Baltic) "MGY calling SOS CQD in 41.46 N. 40.14 W. Wants 
immediate assistance."

01:00 - (Titanic -> *) "MGY CQD position 41.46 N. 50.14 W"

01:00 - (Titanic -> Olympic) "Position  41.46 N. 50.14 W. We have struck an 
iceberg."

01:02 - (Titanic -> Asian) "Want immediate assistance" 

01:10 - (Titanic -> Olympic) "We are in collision with berg. Sinking head 
down. 41.46 N. 50.14 W. Come soon as possible."
01:10 - (Titanic -> Olympic) "Get your boats ready. What is your position?"

01:15 - (Baltic -> Caronia) "Please tell MGY we are making towards her."

01:20 - (Cape Race -> *) "we are going to his assistance. Our position 170 
miles N. of MGY."

01:25 - (Caronia -> Titanic) "Baltic coming to your assistance"

01:27 - (Titanic -> *) "We are putting the women off in the boats."

01:30 - (Olympic -> Titanic) "MKC MGY. Are you steering southerly 
to meet us?"
01:30 - (Titanic -> Olympic) "We are putting passengers off in small 
boats. Women and children in boats, can not last much longer."

01:35 - (Titanic -> *) "Engine room getting flooded."

01:35 - (Frankfurt -> Titanic) "are there any boats around you already?"

01:37 - (Baltic -> Titanic) "We are rushing to you."

01:40 - (Olympic -> Titanic) "Am lighting up all possible boilers as 
fast as can."

01:40 - (Cape Race -> Virginian) "Please tell your Captain this: 'The Olympic 
is making all speed for Titanic, but his position is 40.32 N. 61.18 W. You are 
much nearer to Titanic. The Titanic is already putting women off in the boats, 
and he says the weather there is calm and clear. The Olympic is the only 
ship we have heard say, 'Going to the assistance of the Titanic'. The others 
must be a long way from the Titanic."

01:45 - (Titanic -> Carpathia) "Come as quickly as possible OM. Engine 
room is filling up to the boilers"

01:45 - (Frankfurt -> Titanic) "DFT MGY"

01:55 - (Cape Race -> Virginian) "we have not heard Titanic for about half an 
hour. His power may be gone."

02:10 - (Titanic -> *) "v v"

02:15 - (Titanic -> *) "SOS SOS CQD CQD MGY. We are sinking fast. Passengers 
are being put into boats. MGY." 

02:17 - (Titanic -> *) "CQ" (Transmission dies abruptly)

02:20 - (Virginian -> Olympic) "have you heard anything about MGY"
02:20 - (Olympic -> Virginian) "No. Keeping strict watch, but hear nothing 
more from MGY. No reply from him"

02:35 - (Carpathia -> Titanic) "If you are there we are firing rockets."

02:40 - (Carpathia -> Titanic) "MPA MGY"

02:58 - (Birma -> Titanic) "Steaming full speed for you. Shall arrive you 
6-0 in morning. Hope you are safe. We are only 50 miles now."

03:00 - (Carpathia -> Titanic) "MPA MGY"

03:28 - (La Provence -> Celtic) "Nobody has heard MGY for about 2 hours."

04:24 - (Birma -> *) "we are 30 miles S.W. off MGY."

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