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4pm, April 18th. In a spring rain, RMS Carpathia runs down the south shore of Long Island headed, with her sad cargo, for New York, a city wrapped in black.
- David Alan Kilborn

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"At 8:30, all the people were on board. I wanted to hold a service, a short prayer of thankfulness for those rescued and a short burial service for those who were lost. While they were holding the service I maneuvered around the scene of the wreckage. We saw nothing but one body." 

-Captain Arthur H. Rostron, Commander of RMS Carpathia
 

In the early hours of 15 April 1912, the Cunard steamship Carpathia receives a distress call from the new White Star liner Titanic. Captain Arthur Rostron immediately turns Carpathia northwest and sails full speed through the dark night, into waters laden with icebergs, on a rescue mission that will become legendary.

Almost a century later, Carpathia's wreck has finally been located. She's over 500 feet down and only a few divers in the world can attain these depths. Among them is Englishman Ric Waring's team.

In this captivating and intensively researched story, we follow the dual narratives of Rostron and the daring rescue of the Titanic survivors by Carpathia, and of Waring's team and their dangerous determination to reach the wreck. Rich in history and drama, the true story of Carpathia from her launching to the sensational events of 1912, World War I and beyond is a compelling narrative that moves at the page-turning pace of the very best fiction.

 
The story of Titanic from the little-considered point of view of the passengers on the rescue vessel Carpathia. When Titanic began sending out distress calls, one of the first to reply was the Cunard liner Carpathia. As it turned out, Carpathia was the only vessel to reach the scene in time to save the lives of any of Titanic's passengers, and, after she arrived in New York, reporters crowded the pier and vied with each other to obtain interviews with the survivors of the disaster. In their zeal to interview survivors, though, the reporters brushed right past other people who could have provided their own eyewitness accounts—namely, Carpathia's own passengers, largely left to their own devices as to how and when they discussed their participation in events. A few wrote letters to relatives, others wrote accounts intended for publication. The author's collection of these rare written accounts and interviews sheds new light on the tragic way the lives of so many were impacted by the loss of the largest passenger liner in the world.

Meet the Authors

Dr. Jay Ludowyke
 
Dr. Ludowyke spent four years researching and writing the book, including travelling to the UK, where she uncovered archival records that shed new light on Carpathia’s past. She also extensively interviewed the leader of the 2007 dive expedition, who features as one of the book’s characters. She has discussed Carpathia and Titanic on Australian national television and radio including ABC Conversations and Studio 10, and she has lectured at the Australian National Maritime Museum.
George Behe
 
George Behe is an American researcher whose books include On Board Titanic: Memories of the Maiden Voyage and Those Brave Fellows: The Last Hours of the Titanic’s Band. George is also a past vice president of the Titanic Historical Society. He acted as a consultant for several Titanic documentaries and books, and has written numerous articles about the ship for the Titanic Historical Society’s journal, The Commutator.

 
In the rainy, gathering darkness, RMS Carpathia heads into the Narrows, the entrance to New York harbor. Escorted by tugs, with a flotilla of press and spectator boats as reporters, short on actual news, shouted questions through megaphones at Titanic's surviving passengers. Some even urged survivors to jump overboard, with the promise of a quick pick up and a scoop for the papers. Rain covered the rest of the northeast on the 18th, causing the Boston Red Sox to postpone their grand opening game at brand-new Fenway Park.
-David Alan Kilborn

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Originally published as Home from the Sea in 1931"-Page iv. 
 
The story of the Titanic in the words of the hero whose swift action saved the lives of 710 survivors. The Carpathia was on its regular voyage to New York City, when early on 15 April 1912 it received a distress signal from the White Star Line ocean liner Titanic, which had struck an iceberg and was sinking. Rostron was asleep when his wireless operator, Harold Cottam, by chance left his headset on while undressing for bed and so heard the signal. Cottam ran to Rostron's cabin to alert him. Rostron immediately ordered the ship to race towards the Titanic's reported position, posting extra lookouts to help spot and manoeuvre around the ice he knew to be in the area and extracted every bit of speed the ship's engines could muster. Even so, Carpathia, travelling through dangerous ice floes, took about 3A hours to reach the Titanic's radioed position. During this time Rostron turned off heating to ensure the maximum amount of steam for the ship's engines and had the ship prepared for the survivors; including getting blankets, food and drinks ready, and ordering his medical crew to stand by to receive the possibly injured survivors. Altogether, a list of 23 orders from Rostron to his crew was successfully implemented before Carpathia had even arrived at the scene of the disaster. Carpathia began picking up survivors about an hour after the first starburst was seen by those in the lifeboats. The Carpathia would end up rescuing 710 survivors out of the 2,228 passengers and crew on board the Titanic; at least one survivor is said to have died after reaching the ship. Later, Rostron testified about the events the night Titanic sank at both the U.S. Senate inquiry and the British Board of Trade's inquiry into the disaster.

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This is the story of the Titanic through the eyes of the children and teenagers who saw her and who sailed on her. For some of those who survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, the ramifications of the disaster were to be long-lasting. Many of the young people were mentally scarred by the events of that terrible night and effectively became victims of the Titanic after the fact, plagued by nightmares for years afterwards well into adulthood. Others tried their best to put the whole affair behind them. But it wasn’t always easy. The world, it seemed was insatiable for the Titanic – and interest in the disaster has grown and grown. As child-survivor Lillian Asplund confessed ruefully in an interview before her death, she wanted to forget it all, ‘But people always want to remind me...’However, Titanic Children seeks to answer other questions. What did young people think about the mighty ship being built and later launched in Belfast? What was it like to wave the new liner off on her maiden voyage from Southampton almost a year later? Moreover, how did it feel when she never returned? It is clear that over the last hundred years the Titanic has cast a long shadow over children who had never even set foot on the famous ship. What is their story? In Titanic Children Anthony Cunningham has edited together dozens of fascinating accounts which tell the story of the doomed liner from its construction to its untimely end and beyond.

TITANIC TIDBITS
by George Behe


Note: after returning home to England, survivor Algernon Barkworth granted an interview that was published in the Hull Daily Mail on May 18, 1912.
— George Behe

  Mr. A. H. Barkworth, of Tranby House, Hessle, has returned to his home after his miraculous escape from death in the foundering of the Titanic. After some persuasion, Mr Barkworth, who was Thursday elected an East Riding County Councilor, consented to relate his experiences to the Times. In his thrilling story he brought to light some new facts in this terrible disaster, and told exactly how his life was spared. There were several outstanding incidents in the narrative. For instance, when asked about the last acts of the captain, Mr. Barkworth replied: “The last of Captain Smith I saw was when he was surrounded by crowd of crying ladies asking him many questions. ‘Go back to your cabins, ladies, and put on your lifebelts, and come back the boat deck. I assure you there is no danger.’ I thought that sounded rather bad myself,” added Mr Barkworth. 

Mr. Barkworth also stated that soon after the Titanic sank the cries and screams of the drowning people were terrible to hear. He explained that when he swam to an overturned boat, and was about to clamber on it, some of the survivors standing on it exclaimed, “Look out; you will swamp us.” Mr. Barkworth also gave his version of band incident, and what he heard the bandsmen playing.

The magnificence of the appointments of the liner and the social side of life board, as briefly referred to by Mr. Barkworth, served to throw into sharp contrast the terrible and sudden end of it all. Mr. Barkworth was in the first-class smoking-room when the shock came. “After all the boats had gone everybody seemed to be waiting for death on the doomed ship. I, however, determined to leave the ship, and make a fight for my life in the water. I climbed on to the top rail on the boat deck, and getting over, hung suspended by the side of the ship over the sea with one hand. I should say the distance to the water was about 30 feet now, for the vessel had such a big list that I thought she was going to turn turtle. She had also sunk considerably in the water, for ordinarily the distance to the water would have been nearly seventy feet. I hesitated for a few moments before dropping, for the sea seemed to be full of chairs and other wreckage thrown overboard by the passengers, and thought I should hurt myself. 

“Fancy,” added Mr. Barkworth, in a reflective aside, “thinking of such a thing at such a time. It has occurred to me that it was dangerous to have dropped down the side of the vessel, for fear she might have sunk quickly, and that it would have been better to jump clear. How far I sank I cannot tell, and I swallowed no end of salt water.

“When I came to the surface, I swam as hard as I could to get away from the suction I expected would be caused by the sinking of such a large vessel. I am a good swimmer, and after swimming for considerable distance in the icy cold water, I managed to get hold of a piece of wreckage, which I got under my arms. This supported me somewhat, and I was now able turn round and look the Titanic. I saw the vessel was sinking, and she went down with a volley of loud explosions caused, in my opinion, by the air breaking up the decks, and possibly the rending of the watertight compartments, although some survivors have stated they were caused the boilers exploding.

“The lights of the vessel had disappeared one by one as she sank, and I continued to swim in the darkness. Suddenly I saw ahead of me what proved to be an upturned lifeboat of the Titanic, with a number of people standing on it. I swam up to this, and got hold of it, while there were shouts of, ‘Look out, you will swamp us.’ Naturally I did not pay much attention to these, but managed to draw myself up to the side of it. I was wearing a life jacket, which kept me well up in the water, while the overturned boat with the weight was low down. There were over twenty of us crouching on either side of the keel, and our limbs were becoming paralyzed by the coldness of the water. We decided that would be better to stand up, and so one by one we stood up very gently, so that our frail craft was not over-balanced. Even in this position the water washed over our ankles with the least movement.”

Barkworth here stated he was anxious to correct the wrong impression caused in a hurried cable that he was in the water clinging to the overturned boat for six hours. That would have been a physical impossibility with the water at such a temperature. As indicated above, when he swam to this overturned boat he managed to climb on to it. He should think he was in the water and on this boat for over five hours. His watch had, of course, been stopped. Mr. Barkworth explained that the boat had been launched wrong side up, which was fortunate for him, otherwise it would have been like the other boats too far off for him swim to it. It was easy to picture the desolate spectacle of the 20 to 25 men crouching and standing on the overturned boat. 

“By the time I had got to it,” he said, “I could hear the cries and screams of the drowning people. It was terrible to hear them. We could do nothing for them, for we were helpless on the drifting overturned boat, which was swept away by the strong current from the struggling people in the water. If it had been taken towards them, there is no doubt it would have been swamped.

“Several did manage to swim to the boat, and climbed to it. But during the weary night two of these died from exhaustion, and one slipped off into the sea when it ‘began to get up’ in the morning. One body was subsequently taken on to the Carpathia, and it was buried at sea. As daylight broke we could see the Carpathia apparently three miles away, although we could not do anything to move in her direction. I then discovered that there was one of the Titanic’s officers also on the overturned lifeboat, and he blew his whistle and we shouted loudly, and when one of the Titanic’s lifeboats got within hailing distance, he ordered it to stand by, and we were taken off. Two of the Titanic’s boats came alongside and we were got off in perfect order, commencing one end of the submerged boat, and finishing the other. This will account for the reports that have been circulated that several of the boats contained more men than women. In the case I have mentioned, at least thirty men were taken from our boat. The Titanic’s lifeboats were already full when we got into them, and there would be sixty people in the lifeboat in which I arrived alongside the Carpathia. The women were sent up in slings and the children in coal bags, and the men climbed up the rope ladder. The latter was a difficult feat after the experience we had gone through, and with the rolling of the ship. Once on board we were received with the greatest kindness, and no words of mine can speak too highly of the kindness of the captain, officers, doctors, and crew alike. I am glad to note that some 4,500 dollars collected on the Carpathia have been devoted to recognizing their great kindness to the survivors.”

Questioned as the band on the Titanic playing up to the last minutes after the boats had been lowered away, Mr. Barkworth said, “I returned to my cabin to try to get some things, but found the door looked. The band at that time was playing a waltz tune; but when I returned from the cabin, their instruments were thrown down. This was some little while before I left the ship; whether the band commenced to play again I cannot say, for they were on the opposite side of the ship to that I climbed over. They might have returned to their instruments. 

“When I left the vessel there was no panic,” Mr. Barkworth stated in reply to a question, “Everybody seemed be calmly waiting their end.” Personally, Mr. Barkworth has practically recovered from his trying experience, although his fingers, which were frost-bitten, are still somewhat stiff. He is being overwhelmed with congratulations and inquiries. A sad side consists of the communications he is receiving from relatives asking for news of those who never returned. Of course, he is unable to answer them.

Events You May 
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April 18th Memorial with Dave Gardner at pier 54 in New York

New York city Titanic tour guide, Dave Gardner, took members of the Titanic Social Club to pier 54. Pier 54 is where the RMS Carpathia brought Titanic survivors after dropping her lifeboats at pier 59.  We had a moment of silence together 109 years after the moment of arrival.

TITANIC MEMORIAL LIGHTHOUSE

Titanic Lighthouse memorial April 15, 2021

Friends of the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse met to honor the 1,496 passengers who were lost on the night of April 14/15, 1912.  Several Titanic Societies submitted beautiful wreaths, honoring those lost, as well as TIS co-founder Jack Eaton.  It was a cold and rainy night, reminding everyone of that cold rand rainy night the passengers arrived in New York on April 18, 1912.  There is currently a fundraiser going on to restore this historic lighthouse.  The bottom photos are from pier 54, Cunard's pier in 1912, where Titanic survivors disembarked.

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AUTHORS' CONFERENCE 
FEEDBACK

The first Titanic Authors conference on April 10th was very well attended and the feedback was wonderful! 
Mark your calendars, our next author event will be on Saturday, October 2nd!

Special thanks to all who joined us!
"Thank you Emily Densky, Jodi Justus, Crystal Hopkins for having me on your program. i really had a goodtime and i hope i did my part of sharing to the Titanic community. will be happy to co-operate with you in the future as well"
-Eli Moskowitz

"Thank you Mary, John, Emily, Bob, and all my wonderful friends who daily do so much to make sure that the world will always remember what happened on April 15th 1912! Your two fabulous museums in Branson and Pigeon Forge are magic time-machines that daily entertain, and more importantly educated the masses about one of the 20th Centuries most famous events!"
-Bruce Caplan

"Such an honor to work with such talented and inspiring people! We appreciate all the support and comradery, thank you again and to Jill Carlier for being my eyes and ears and saving grace!"
-Emily Densky

"A Tremendous success! Thank you for putting this wonderful program together!"
-William Oakes

"I really enjoyed all of the programs today! Such fascinating stories each author had to share! Thank you authors for presenting and Titanic museum staff for putting this even on! Very enjoyable and I loved the “ boarding pass”  text this morning to board Titanic!"
-Theresa Himes

"Thank you everyone! I enjoyed the day so much!!"
-Maddie Elizabeth

BOOK REVIEWS FOR  APRIL'S BOOKS

Eli Moskowtiz's Jews of the Titanic

"This is such a great book. It’s one I return to often."
- Lisa Plotnick

"I am truly grateful for the books like Jews of the Titanic. It gives a different view that is often not looked at it."
- Douglas Ross

"The Jews on Titanic" is amazing and rich with stories of the Jewish passengers who were on Titanic! Every page makes you think about the families that we never knew about, and now through Eli, we know them, not only by name, but by their faces too. Thank you Eli, for bringing is closer to their lives. Too many unknown souls lost on Titanic. I am glad that you and I can bring their stories to light!"
- Angelica Harris

“Everyone reading this book will learn something. It details aspects of the disaster that no previous book has described. The Titanic community is indebted to Eli Moskowitz for tackling this subject, and covering it so well.
- Don Lynch


Julie Cook's Titanic and the City of Widows

"What an emotional story of the Titanic disaster and the devastated families. I'm glad Julie Cook was able to share the story."
- Mary Tyrone

"Julie Cook's great-grandfather was a stoker, who died on the RMS Titanic. Ms. Cook's book is about how her great-grandmother, Emily struggled to raise her family without her husband's salary. This is an awesome book about how Cook's great-grandmother and other "Titanic-widows" struggled financially, and how they had to follow certain rules to receive money from the Titanic Fund. Cook deftly describes how her great-grandfather and other men struggled to find work at the shipyards."
- Terri Bey

"This book takes you to  a side of the story we often don't talk about.  We spend so much time talking about how a man becomes a hero because he didn't get on a lifeboat. But what about the families left behind with no breadwinner? Julie looks at these untold stories, and the incredible hardships, these left behind families, must overcome..."
-Jill Carlier


Brandon Whited's Gilded Tragedy

 "It’s beautifully researched, packed with new photographs and generally a superb addition to your Titanic library. Highly recommended."
-Anthony Cunningham (author)

"It's a wonderful book, It's definitely my favorite. Brandon Whited did a fabulous job writing this wonderful book. I just sent two more books to a family member and a dear friend. I love it! Eloise, Lucian and my Dad Lucian would surely love it too "
-Betsy Smith Mclain (granddaughter of Lucien and Eloise)

"Its a marvelous book. Beautifully written and thoroughly researched. One of the best biographies I have ever read."
- Bruno Piola


Bruce Caplan's Sinking of the Titanic

"This is the real McCoy when it comes to all the Titanic books. Bruce Caplan took Logan Marshall's 1912 edition, researched it and packed with revelations not available to the original author brought a whole new perspective to the saga of the ill-fated ship. Caplan explored the background on how the ship left Southampton and a fire was burning strong in the coal bins and the ship should never have left port. The heat did terrible things to the ship's hull and there is no point in saying anything more, except, of all the Titanic books available, choose this one to count on for all of the intrigue and adventure of that voyage and count your lucky stars that you are on a ship on the ocean that doesn't have Smith as your Captain."
- Ken Rossignol

"This is an excellent book. It was originally written in 1912 and includes several eye witness accounts of the sinking from the survivors and stories from people onboard the rescue ship, Carpathia. It also humanizes the story a lot more than other books have. For some reason many books like to "romanticize" this tragedy and this book shows this tragedy was just that, an Absolutely horrific tragedy that destroyed and changed lives forever. It's a must read."
- Christopher Hicks


Lowell Lytle's  Diving into the Deep

"Wonderful book. Enjoyed it a lot. I added it to my collection."
- Catherine Hosier

"The book was awesome. We still have a few chapters but we enjoyed reading about Captain growing up. Fisher loved the captains logs and his stories about going down to the wreckage. He told me he wants to be like captain and go down and get artifacts for the museums. We highly recommend this book".
- Kristyn and Fisher Sutter

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Members & Passengers

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KATARÍNA  KOSTURÍKOVÁ 

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Stengel, Annie
Howard, May



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*Special thank you to Sonia Bera for submitting birthdays!

FROM OUR WEBSITE

The team is slowly but surely working, on and adding content, to our website!  This issue, we wish to point out Terri's Bog!  We hope you check it out!

MEMBER ARTWORK

The Olympic During her First Maiden Voyage in the Mid-Atlantic in 1911.
by Miloš Grković
Digital Illustration

April 14, 2019
A Memorable Playlist (The Titanic Gramophone)
by Yvette Medina 
Digital Illustration (Photoshop)
April 30, 2021

 
The Six Documentary was released in April!
 
When RMS Titanic sank on a cold night in 1912, barely 700 people escaped with their lives. Among them were six Chinese men. Arriving in New York with the other survivors, the six were met not with compassion, but suspicion and slander. Less than 24 hours later, they were expelled from the country, soon forgotten, and lost beneath the waves of time. What became of them? The answer is the story of so many like them, who travel thousands of miles from their homes in search of better lives, only to be met by hostility, hysteria, and walls at the border. "The Six" is an extraordinary story of survival and dignity in the face of racism and anti-immigrant policy that still reverberates today. In an epic journey that crosses continents, The Six follows an international team of investigators as they set out to uncover the truth about the six Chinese, and to right a century-old injustice. For the first time, we discover who these men really were, tracing their origins and tracking down descendants denied access to their history. We shine light on the dark legacy of immigration policy, and on the sacrifices of migrants.
See our interview with producer Steven Schwankert from our Chinese New Year event!

Fridays with Caden

Week #70 
April  4, 2021

 
Hello fellow Titaniacs! Today I’m posting early for celebrating the 109th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic! I’ve got a link to Titanic: Honor And Glory’s 105th anniversary live stream so you can watch it! I was thinking every year Titanic Week comes around I will post their livestream from a previous year. Before you watch the video, I want to tell you something. Titanic: Honor And Glory is releasing an alpha for their game! Isn’t that exciting! They will update it from time to time so you will be able to walk around more and more of the ship! Time will tell when it will be released but until then, let’s celebrate Titanic Week! Goodbye fellow Titaniacs!

-Caden

WRECK TIDBITS

Whistles from the 1911 Shipbuilder magazine

4th funnel whistles, 1985 WHOI, identified by Ken Marschall

The Whistles of the S.S Olympic, pictured in the 1911 Shipbuilder magazine, show them before they were installed on the ship. In 1985, Ken Marschall noticed that these whistles (second picture) in the debris field looked just like the ones that were shown in the magazine. They are the 4th funnel's, which is often called a "Dummy funnel" but was really for ventilation of the galley's and other places, and also served as an uptake for the Turbine Engine. The whistles separated from the 4th funnel, and lie by themselves in the debris field.

- Cam Houseman

 

Poetry by Caeleb

CHILDREN'S ART

 Fishers visit to the Titanic Museum
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