RMS Olympic, dazzle painted during World War 1.
Dazzle painting was a scheme devised by a number of artists at the time, with the idea that it would break up the outline of the ship from a distance.
Source of photo, possibly Imperial War Museum.
April 18, 1912, 9:30 pm: the Carpathia docked in New York after a 3 day journey with the survivors of the Titanic. Around 40,000 people had gathered anxiously at Pier 54, where the Carpathia would dock, waiting for news. Before docking however, the Carpathia stopped at the White Star Line Pier to drop off the Titanic lifeboats she had picked up after the disaster.
Titanic’s “last letter” to be auctioned
On the afternoon of Sunday, April 14, 1912, survivor Esther Hart wrote the letter to her mother in Chadwell Heath, East London, but it was never sent. Hart’s husband, Benjamin, never had a chance to mail it. Esther found the letter in her husband’s jacket after she and her seven-year-old daughter, Eva, were rescued by the RMS Carpathia. Benjamin had given her the jacket to keep her warm when he put her in a lifeboat as the ship sank.
People gather anxiously around some survivor lists outside the White Star Line offices in Southampton shortly after the Titanic disaster.
Of Titanic’s entire crew, only 23 were female?
From Titanic’s crew of around 900, the 23 female crew members consisted of:
- 2 A La Carte Restaurant Cashiers
- 1 Matron
- 18 Stewardesses
- 2 Turkish Bath Stewardesses
Of the 23, Catherine Wallis, Lucy Snape, and Catherine Walsh were the only three to be lost in the sinking.
Additionally, the two cashiers were among only three out of Titanic’s 69 A La Carte Restaurant staff to survive. A few of the stewardesses who survived were originally turned away from the lifeboats by Second Officer Lightoller because they were crew, not passengers, but found their way into other boats. One of them was urged into a lifeboat by J. Bruce Ismay, who said “Never mind, you are a woman, take your place” after the stewardess had expressed surprise at being allowed in a lifeboat, saying “I am only a stewardess.”
Third-class dining saloon.
Later, the real story begins to come out - and hopes raised by shoddy journalism suggesting that everyone was saved are dashed.
A look at second day Free Press coverage of the Titanic sinking in this April 17, 1912, Freep historical page.
The story of the giant ship that sank on its maiden voyage is so rife with symbolism that if it hadn’t actually happened, we might have had to invent it.
Yet it did happen, on that cold, clear April night in 1912. And it happened to real people—stokers, millionaires, society ladies, parsons, parlormaids—people who displayed a full range of all-too-human reactions as the events of the night unfolded. The recollections of those who survived, conflicting and embroidered though they often are, allow us to place ourselves on that sloping desk and ask: “What would we do?”
The unsinkable story sails on.
—Hugh Brewster, Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage
April 17th 1912, Titanic would have arrived today in New York harbor. Here is a painting of what it might have looked liked.
Photographs taken by passengers on the RMS Carpathia as she picks up Titanic's lifeboats.
Top: Two lifeboats row towards Carpathia
Middle: Lifeboat 6
Bottom: An overfilled collapsible, one of the last to be launched
April 18th, 1912. It’s a cool, rainy Thursday in New York City, yet 10,000 people have gathered at Battery Park and another 30,000 at Pier 54. Why? To watch the Carpathia’s mournful return to NYC loaded with 700 Titanic survivors. As the Carpathia steamed up the Hudson, to everyone’s surprise she went past Cunard’s Pier 54 and continued onto White Star’s pier 59. There, illuminated by the camera flashes of endless journalists, crewman began manning some of her boats and lowering them into the water. After a few moments the confused crowd realized what was happening, the Carpathia was duly returning the Titanic’s lifeboats to their rightful owner.