Titanic Sinking - Rescue Ship Arrives in New York

Rescue Ship Arrives---Thousands Gather At the Pier.


206 of the Crew and 4 Officers Are Among Those Rescued.


Two Filled with Women Were Drawn Under and One Was Swamped.


Many Among Them Ill as a Result of Long Hours Spent in Open Boats.


Several Versions of This---One Is That He Was Persuaded by Women In a Lifeboat to Go.

The Cunard liner Carpathia, not only a rescue ship, but a hospital ship as well, steamed slowly up the harbor last night and made fast to the Cunard pier 54 at Fourteenth Street and North River at 9:35 o'clock. She brought with her the first definite, authentic news which has been received since Monday of the sinking early on that morning of the giant White Star Liner Titanic, the biggest steamship afloat.

For hours the pier to which she made fast echoed with the shrieks of women and even of men, who seemed driven temporarily insane by their experiences of the last few days. But finally these facts were learned from the rescue ship:

The sinking Titanic carried with her to death 1,395 persons.

Those who were rescued number just 743.

More than this number were picked up from the Titanic's boats and from pieces of wreckage to which they clung, but four died of exposure after having been transferred to the Carpathia and were buried at sea.

Of the 745 who reached here last night 210 were members of the crew, most of them stewards and firemen. Only four officers were saved.

Two Versions of Ismay's Escape.

A great deal of interest among the crowds awaiting to greet survivors centered in how J. Bruce Ismay left the Titanic. Various tales of his going were told, one having it that he was a passenger in Lifeboat 1.

In this boat also were Sir Cosmo and Lady Duff Gordon, and only nine other persons, and some of the survivors spoke of it last night at "The Millionaires' Special." It was said that Mr. Ismay later had the crew of this boat photographed aboard the Carpathia and that he liberally rewarded them.

Another version, according to a statement said to have been made by T. D. M. Cardeza of Philadelphia in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton last night was that Mr. Ismay had been persuaded to enter one of the lifeboats by the women who had already embarked in it.

The hardships of those who were rescued were extreme. Dozens of women were taken from the Carpathia last night, ill and almost deranged for the moment.

Band Played At Titanic Sank.

Survivors said that the lifeboats in which they floated for hours were not stocked with food or water and that this added greatly to the hardship which the exposure to rain and cold.

Two of the lifeboats which put off from the Titanic were sucked beneath the waves by the sinking of the giant liner. Another, loaded, as were the other two, with passengers, mostly women, was swamped as she tried to get away from the Titanic.

Many persons were picked up by the lifeboats after the Titanic had sank.

The big steamship went down with the band playing "Autumn." Every soul remaining aboard the vessel had nerved himself for the crisis, and there was not a cry as the big boat sank.

Thirty seconds later, however, a wailing scream swept the surrounding sea for half a mile, the extreme radius to which most of the lifeboats had succeeded in getting to avoid the suction of the sinking ship.

It was a cry from perhaps a thousands voices, the voices of men and women who had jumped overboard as the Titanic sank, and who rose to the surface beneath which the tremendous suction had dragged them. And then there was complete stillness over the spot where the liner had gone down.

Wail Answered by Survivors.

From the circle of lifeboats the cry was answered in one terrible response of those who, safe for a time at least, had seen husbands, fathers, brothers, sometimes children, even swept down with the floating palace on which, a few days before they had embarked that they might make with her the maiden voyage of the world's biggest vessel.

What happened to the Titanic is still not clear. Passengers said last night, however, that water had flowed into her from the bottom; that her bows had not crumpled, but that she had slid up on to an iceberg and ripped her bottom out.

Saw Captain Engulfed by Wave.

George A. Braden told of how he saw Capt. Smith meet his death. He said, "I got hold of a life preserver and put it on over my overcoat. Then I jumped into the sea. When the boat went down there was not much suction. By swimming and floating I got to one of the boats, which picked me up.

"I saw Capt. Smith while in the water. He was standing on the deck all alone. He was swept down by the water, but he got to his feet. Then, as the boat sank, he was again swept from his feet, and this time he was drowned."

Widowed Bride Faints in Father's Arms.

Mrs. Lucian B. Smith, the bride of a few weeks, who was forced to sit helpless in a lifeboat while she watched the Titanic carry her husband to his death, was one of the first off the ship. He father, Congressman Hughes of Virginia, was waiting for her.

Her eyes swept the crowd for a glimpse of him and they sighted each other at the same moment. Girl and man rushed toward each other, the crowd separating that they might meet, and Mrs. Smith, with a cry, fell fainting into her father's arms.

Minute after minute the scene was repeated until, late at night, the last of the survivors able to walk had left the ship. Then there remained still aboard many women to seriously ill, not from physical exposure entirely, but from the awful mental strain as well, to be moved. Doctors and nurses were in attendance on them, and it was said that no attempt would be made to move them last night.

But newspaper men were barred from the boat. Capt. Rostrom was said to be too weary to give an interview, and all attempts to talk with officers of the Carpathia were frustrated.

How many survivors were left aboard the Titanic or what was the nature of their injuries could not be learned. It was said by those who came ashore that there were many persons aboard with broken legs and arms and others with equally serious injuries. It was learned that Mrs. Henry B. Harris, wife of the theatrical man, who went down with the ship, had had an arm broken.

30,000 Outside the Pier.

At 11 o'clock last night Police Inspector McCluskey estimated that the crowd then surrounding the pier numbered 30,000. Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Streets were jammed with persons from the river front to Ninth Avenue.

Frequently the crowd tried to break the police lines, and were driven back by the policemen with their nightsticks. Women, crying and screaming, implored the officers to let them pass through the lines to the pier, but none was permitted to go through unless possessed of a customs pass.

Ambulances carrying survivors to hospitals had to have escorts of mounted police to get through the crowds.

It was after midnight when the last of the survivors left the pier. They were four little children all under 5 years of age. They had been ill in the sick bay of the Carpathia, and some of the doctors on the pier diagnosed their cases as measles. One of them was found to be suffering, too, from meningitis.

Because of the contagious nature of measles several ambulances surgeons refused to take the children to the hospital, and they had to wait until an ambulance arrived from the Willard Parker Hospital and took them away. It was said that the children were from the steerage and that their parents were believed to have perished.

The New York Times, New York, NY 19 Apr 1912