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Elizabeth Shutes Elizabeth Shutes served as a family governess on board Titanic and was 40 years old at the time; she was among the passengers quickly ordered to the Sun Deck after the ship hit an iceberg. She later described the chaotic scene on the lifeboat, shortly before they were rescued by Carpathia: "Our men knew nothing about the position of the stars, hardly how to pull together.
Two oars were soon overboard. Photo courtesy of National Archives. Then came my weakest moment, they lowered a rope swing, which was awkward to sit on, with my life preserver 'round me.
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Then they hauled me up, by the side of the boat. Charlotte Collyer Passengers lucky enough to have been picked up by Carpathia arrived in New York City days later and started a frantic search for their loved ones, desperately hoping they too had been saved. Collyer, a second-class passenger who was 31 years old, later described her panicked search for her husband: "There was scarcely anyone who had not been separated from husband, child or friend.
Was the last one among the handful saved? He was not there. Lawrence Beesley Lawrence Beesley, a young widower and science professor in London, left his young son at home to board Titanic, hoping to visit his brother in Toronto. At left is a photo of Beesley and a fellow passenger in Titanic's gymnastic room. Just nine weeks after the tragedy, Beesley published the famous memoir The Loss of the S. The book contained stern recommendations for avoiding further tragedies. He also had a powerful reason to be skeptical about certain superstitions: "I shall never say again that 13 is an unlucky number.
Boat 13 is the best friend we ever had. Florence Ismay, wife of J. A letter from his wife, Florence, reveals the relief she felt upon realizing he had made it through the disaster alive: " Only a week ago today I watched that magnificent vessel sail away so proudly.
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I never dreamt of danger as I wished her Godspeed We have both been spared to each other, let us try to make our lives of use in the world. The remaining 1, were trapped in the belly of the sinking ship or died within minutes of leaping into the frigid North Atlantic water. A sketch of the sinking drawn by John B. Thayer while he was on a capsized lifeboat, and filled in by P. Skidmore aboard the Carpathia. As the Carpathia steamed toward New York, she dispatched radio messages to spread the news of the tragedy.
The public was shocked, and relatives of passengers were thrown into panic as they searched for information on their loved ones. The offices of the White Star Line were swarmed in New York, as well as in Southampton, where most of the crew hailed. Some of the rich and famous survivors and victims were identified before the Carpathia arrived, but friends and family of lower class passengers and crew had to wait in agonizing suspense.
The ship was surrounded by more than 50 tugboats carrying journalists, who shouted up to the survivors, offering money for firsthand accounts. A Hearst reporter who had been traveling aboard the Carpathia and had already interviewed survivors placed his notes in a buoyant cigar box and tossed them into the water for his editor to retrieve. She was greeted by an anxious crowd of 40, waiting in the pouring rain. Disembarking survivors were swarmed by the press, the bereaved and autograph-seekers.
Some moved on to relatives in New York and other cities, while the less fortunate were sheltered by charities. The next day, the U. Senate convened a special hearing on the disaster at the old Waldorf-Astoria hotel. On April 29, the surviving Southampton crew returned to their homes in the south of England. Of the crew who hailed from that one city, at least did not make it back. Hanson, seated right, district secretary of the National Sailors and Firemen's Union, awards shipwreck pay to survivors.
Relatives wait on a railway platform as survivors of the Titanic arrive at Southampton. Surviving stewards line up outside a first class waiting room before being called in for questioning by a board of enquiry.
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A nurse holds newborn Lucien P. Smith, Jr. His mother Eloise was pregnant with him while returning from honeymoon aboard the Titanic. Lucien's father died in the disaster. Eloise later married a fellow survivor, Robert P.
Two hours and 40 minutes later, she slipped beneath the waves. April 15, The iceberg that sank the Titanic. When day broke, I saw the ice I had steamed through during the night.
I shuddered, and could only think that some other hand than mine was on that helm during the night. April 15, Titanic survivors approach the Carpathia. April 15, Survivors aboard the Carpathia. Image: Library of Congress.
April A sketch of the sinking drawn by John B. April 15, Survivors huddle for warmth on the deck of the Carparthia.
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