The Arrival



New York, Thursday.

It was 8.37 p.m. (1.37 p.m. Greenwich time) when the Carpathia arrived at the pier. Five hundred friends and relatives were assembled the pier sheds.

Mr. J. P. Morgan, junior, appeared on the scene as the boat was about to dock, also representatives of the and Widener and Thayer families, who arrived by special trains from Philadelphia.

There were 1,000 people in the sheds ten minutes later, many them weeping. Outside motor cars kept rushing up, bringing fresh arrivals.

As the Carpathia passed the battery of New York City, the crowd of 10,000 people that had gathered there pressed forward to watch her pass, maintaining impressive silence. The steamer, which showed few lights, was given a wide passage-way by the river craft.

The first survivors began to leave the ship twenty-five minutes to ten. The delay in docking was due to the necessity of taking off the Titanic's thirteen lifeboats.

As the survivors came into the street dead silence fell over the crowd that was assembled, and even the flashlight batteries of the Press photographers ceased for the moment their bombardment.

Dr. Henry Frauenthal and his wife were the first persons to land from the Carpathia. They were driven off quickly in a motor car, and no one had any opportunity of speaking to them. They were followed off the ship by a man who said he was James Googht, Philadelphia [Presumably James McGough].— Reuter

Darkness and heavy rain delayed the warping into the dock of the Carpathia, which was accomplished very slowly. There was a crowd of not less than 500 women, dressed in mourning, awaiting the arrival of the at liner nine o’clock (American time). A large detachment of doctors, priests, sisters, and nurses arrived on the scene, as well as a delegation from the Salvation Army, who will care for the survivors of the Titanic’s steerage passengers. The gangway was run ashore 9.25 p m., and a large number of stretchers were taken aboard. Three women, not waiting until the gangway had been run ashore, climbed down ladders from the ship as the Carpathia was tied to the pier. As the gangway was put down hundreds of people on the pier uncovered their heads. After the Carpathia had docked, it soon became evident that a large number of survivors had lost all their clothing, and that some were ill physically and mentally. Two women in particular were violently hysterical, and evidently deranged, while there were a considerable number cases where patients were in a state of coma. As an example of the dress which had to be utilised by some of the survivors, one woman wore opera hat her head, old skirt, and a man's overcoat.—Exchange

Some of the scenes at the pier were indescribably affecting. Husbands meeting their rescued wives clung to them and kissed them tenderly. Many women were in a hysterical condition. Thera was a pathetic procession of sick and injured, who were carried on stretchers to hospital.—Central News

Related Biographies:

Henry William Frauenthal
Clara Frauenthal
James Robert McGough


Encyclopedia Titanica (2014) The Arrival (The Globe, Friday 19th April 1912, ref: #20235, published 19 January 2014, generated 8th July 2020 02:37:48 PM); URL :