Bodies

Ryan McKeefery

Ryan McKeefery

Member
Hi! Does anyone know whether any bodies were recovered by the Carpathia?
I have doubt that the crew would have bothered for the sake of the bereaved, but I do remember reading from several sources some years ago that a few bodies were brought aboard.
I require such information for my book, so would appreciate any information. Thanks.
Regards, Ryan.
 
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David F. Smith

Member
No, the Carpathia didn't stay to recover bodies. I doubt the Captain would have wanted the survivors to have to see their loved ones bodies pulled out of the water. They were already in shock.
 
Ryan McKeefery

Ryan McKeefery

Member
Thanks Dave; that's what I thought... And now I have to re-think my Epilogue. Better get started!
Regards, Ryan.
 
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Bill Wormstedt

Member
The Carpathia didn't *recover* bodies, though they buried between 4 and 6 the morning after the sinking. These were mainly people who died on board, and maybe one or two bodies picked up from the lifeboats.
 
Michael H. Standart

Michael H. Standart

Member
>>I have doubt that the crew would have bothered for the sake of the bereaved,<<

Actually, that wasn't the real consideration. Captain Rostron may have wanted to take a huge vacuum cleaner to the area and get back every single body. The problem is that the Carpathia had no mortuary facilities or supplies and no way to store the bodies, all of which presents to sort of obvious health risks you get with decomposing corpses. As Captain Rostron himself pointed out, there was nothing to be done for the dead.

If yoy wish to check out all of the testimony for yourself, you can click on the Titanic Inquiry Project. for the transcripts.
 
Ryan McKeefery

Ryan McKeefery

Member
Brilliant, Bill! Exactly what I wanted to hear; now I don't have to re-write my Epilogue.
Thou shalt be mentioned in the acknowledgements -with your permission, that is.
Regards, Ryan.
 
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