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On the 10th of April 1912, RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage began from Southampton in England to New York City. Five days later, the passenger liner sank within less than 3 hours in the North Atlantic O…
At 9.30 on the morning of Thursday 19 August 1915 the White Star Liner Arabic sailing from Liverpool for New York was torpedoed by the German submarine U-24 off Fastnet lighthouse, four miles south-west of Ireland. As in the case of the Lusitania, no warning was given by the enemy vessel and within eleven minutes the ship had sunk. There were 423 people on board, 244 cabin and 48 third class passengers, mainly women and children who were going to join their husbands in Canada, and 242 crew. However in contrast to the Lusitania there were only 44 fatalities of whom only…
Originally posted on The Yesteryear Gazette.
(From the New York Tribune – April 16, 1912)
Only 886, Mostly Women and Children, Rescued
Wireless from Olympic’s Captain Gives News and Weeping Women Gather at White Star Offices to Learn Fate of Relatives – 1,323 Passengers on Ship and Crew of 890
SURVIVORS EIGHT HOURS IN BOATS
No Word from Virginian or Parisian, Which Vice-President Franklin Hopes Saved Others – Disaster Greatest in History, if Hope is Unfounded – Captain Believed to Have Gone Down at His Post of Duty
The White Star liner Titanic sank at 2:20 a.m. yesterday about 1,150 miles east of Sandy Hook.
First report placed the number of survivors, passengers and crew, at 675. At 2:30 o’clock this morning a dispatch relayed by the Olympic said the number aboard the Carpathia was 166.
A still later dispatch said that the Allan Line steamer Virginian had probably picked up some of the victims.
P. A. S. Franklin, vice-president of the International Mercantile Marine Company, admitted last night that probably only 675 out of more than 2200 souls on the lost vessel were saved, which means that more than 1,500 persons went down with her.
When the full text of the Olympics message was given out it was found that it estimated the lost at 1,800.
Shortly before 11 o’clock last night a slight ray of hope that…