How many people went down inside Titanic

Jim Kalafus

Dec 3, 2000
>I think any surviving human remains would be inside the wreck.

If you are planning a hunt, look for debris that does NOT belong inside the ship. Unlike the Empress of Ireland, with its eerie Grand Staircase lowest level and its stewards dormitory, where no one ever woke up, chances are, all you will find in the Titanic are those unlucky few who got washed back into the ship as the sinking accelerated and her upper decks submerged. So, if you are dead set on it, look for the places inside the ship where internal debris (furniture) and external debris (deckchairs and the like) were driven by the water that washed thru at the end.

>would someone who had lost a loved one within the bowels of the ship have any chance of recovering their loved one's body?

Depends. 1912 dental records have PROBABLY not survived. A lone body would stand a better chance of ID, because items such as jewelry and watches would remain with it, or close by to it, as it fell apart. Several bodies impacted into a debris pile or lying atop one another at the bottom of a staircase would present more of a problem because they would collapse down upon themselves, and whatever jewelry or monogrammed items were intially present would settle into the mass.

The best documented body recovery from a cold water wreck is that of the Princess Sophia disaster, Lynn Canal Alaska, October 1918. In that case, the ship sank in water shallow enough that her mast tip extended above the surface. All 356 aboard were lost. A man named Winchell used his own funds to recover bodies, hoping to find his wife. Canadian Pacific eventually funded its own recovery mission, which remained in operation thru August 1919. Ultimately, all but about 60 of the 356 lost were located. This is excruciatingly documented, and if you examine the notes you SHOULD be able to figure out where bodies trapped inside a ship get washed to and come to rest after it sinks.