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The Carpathia arrives in New York with Titanic’s victims on board   Leave a comment

On April 18, 1912 Carpathia docked at Pier 54 in New York with the Titanic survivors.  They arrived after dark, and were greeted by a group of thousands. The Travelers Aid Society of New York, the Women’s Relief Committee, and the Council of Jewish Women among other organizations were on hand to provide relief to Titanic’s victims in the form of clothing and transportation to shelters.

Carpathia dropped off the now empty Titanic lifeboats at Pier 59, before unloading the survivors at Pier 54. People were shocked that Titanic could sink with such great loss of life despite all of her technological advances.

The morning after the sinking, the White Star headquarters in Liverpool were filled with press and family members, desperate for word about their relatives. Since the officials were afraid to leave the building because of the emotional crowd, they updated them from the safety of their 4th floor balcony.  Newspapers were full of stories and descriptions of the disaster and were on hand to print the very latest updates.

Titanics lifeboats at the White Star Line pier

Titanics lifeboats are delivered to the White Star Line pier in New York City.

 

Pier 54 in New York City

Pier 54 in New York City

Of the estimated 2227 passengers onboard Titanic, only 705 survived   Leave a comment

Out of a total 2227 passengers and crew aboard Titanic, only 705 people survived. 3 of the survivors died after being rescued by the Carpathia. These numbers are an estimate, as there are no passenger lists that are believed to be 100% accurate.

I can’t imagine sitting in the water nearby listening to those that were not allowed in a lifeboat die in the freezing water.  They wouldn’t have to listen for long, water that cold works in a matter of minutes.  Four lifeboats were condensed together and one boat returned to search for survivors.

It is not certain how many were rescued from the water after Titanic sank, but these names have been suggested as potential candidates:

W.F. Hoyt, 1st class passenger
Mr. Fang Lang, 3rd-Class passenger who was found strapped to a door
Steward Harold Phillimore
Mr. Emilio Ilario Giuseppe Portaluppi, 2nd class passenger (there is some debate as to the validity of the claim that this person was rescued from the water.)

Charles Jouphlin, Chief Baker who famously drank enough cooking liquor to keep his blood thin enough to beat hypothermia. In actuality, he was able to climb aboard collapsible lifeboat B and this is most certainly what saved his life. He denied the alcohol rumor until his death.

The lifeboats approach the Carpathia, one at a time until they have all been brought on board. First Office Lightoller is the last survivor to embark on the Carpathia.

 

Two Titanic lifeboats aproach the Carpathia

Two Titanic lifeboats aproach the Carpathia

Posted April 15, 2012 by Joni in Uncategorized

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