There was nothing for the passengers to do but wait and hope someone was on their way to help. Only three people knew the Carpathia was coming: Captain Smith, Jack Phillips, and Harold Bride. Unfortunately, Smith and Phillips went down with the ship. That left Bride with the responsibility of letting Second Officer Lightoller know help was on the way.
In the evening of Sunday April 14, a few days before the Titanic was scheduled to arrive in New York, all was calm. There was no moon, the waters were still, and the temperature low. Ice warnings had been coming in from other ships since Friday. The lookouts in the crows nest were aware and alert. However, at around 11:40 p.m., lookouts Fleet and Lee spotted an iceberg in the distance.