Monday, December 29, 2008

Titanic Survivors

This picture was taken in 1912 on the deck of the Carpathia. The Carpathia was the ship that rescued the survivors of the titanic. This picture shows some of the survivors.


  1. What seems odd, is the facial expression on the woman on the far left; it would appear as she is smiling. I wonder if I was in same circumstance if I could muster a smile ? I guess it's possible.

  2. I have a friend, Henry Patrick (O') Madden, whose Irish grandmother had tickets for the Titanic. She got to the dock just after the Titanic had sailed. Sometimes there is a silver lining in disappointment. She took the next ship over to Ellis Island. And my life would have been far less rich if I had not known HP.

  3. PJM:

    This is an amazing photo. It's a miracle that any of the passengers survived at all. I can't believe they are sitting there and appear to be so calm. I'd love to know what they were thinking and feeling as they sat on the deck of the Carpathia!

    I wonder if the woman on the far right (in the fur collar) is "the unsinkable" Molly Brown, who survived the disaster. She was a wealthy American widow who devoted the rest of her life to helping displaced titanic survivors.

    Robert Ballard discovered the Titanic's remains in 1985. In 1997, at just about the same time the movie was released, there was an artifact exhibition traveling around the country.

    That summer we visited the exhibit when it was in Boston. It was unbelievalbe. We saw one of the engine telegraphs, a porthole, a pocket watch that had stopped at the time of the sinking, and some of Molly Brown's jewelry, and tons of other stuff.

    Many of the items, such as clothing, were sealed in airtight cases to prevent deterioration.

    One of the things I found most interesting was that most of the clothing was very small in size. We saw a steward's jacket that looked as if it would only fit a 10-year-old child today.

    I know that people were much smaller a century ago, due to health and nutrition issues, but you don't realize it until you actually see some historical clothing. It doesn't show in photos.

    (I've noticed that at civil war shows, too, some of the women's mourning gowns looked as if they wouldn't fit a pre-teen today).

    Anyway, that Titanic exhibit was facsinating, and if there are any around today, I suggest you try to see one.

  4. I have a friend who's great grandfather was on the Carpathia and help rescued some survivors. His Great Grandfather was immigrating from Lebanon and now one of his great grandsons and brother to my friend is a Representative from the state of Louisiana in Congress.

  5. Frank Woodruff Buckles age 108 is a Jefferson County WV farmer and the last surviving World War ONE veteran. He sailed to France on the Carpathia, and interviewed the crewmen about saving the survivors of Titanic.

  6. omg! Am I just watching the real the Titanic's " Actor and Actress" ?? right ?


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