Liner's Peril : Titanic Strikes An Iceberg and Sinks

Inverness Courier

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2358 Lives In Danger

A Call For Help

Early yesterday morning telegrams were received from New York that the Titanic, with passengers and crew, numbering 2358 persons, had on Sunday struck an iceberg in the Atlantic, and was sinking by the head. The news came from the Titanic in the form of a wireless message, which further stated that the women and children were being taken off in the boats, and that assistance was required. From other liners which had received the call for help, messages came that they were hastening to the assistance of the Titanic, though they were from 170 to over 200 miles distant from the scene of the disaster. There were fortunately  other vessels which also picked up the messages.

The First News

New York, Monday. – A Cape Race telegram received at 10.35 on Sunday evening says the Titanic reports she has struck an iceberg. Immediate assistance was required.

Another message, half-an-hour later, stated the Titanic was sinking by the head, and the women were being taken off in lifeboats.

The liners, Virginian, Olympic and Baltic are hastening to the assistance of the Titanic. The Virginian is 170 miles away and the Baltic 200. The Virginian’s operator says the last signals from the Titanic were blurred and ended abruptly. – Reuter.

Lloyd’s Cape Race message confirms the report of the Titanic striking the iceberg, and that she was sinking by the head. The women were being put off in boats. It is believed the Virginian will be first to reach the Titanic.

Passengers Leave The Ship

New York, Monday. – A despatch from Halifax states that all the passengers of the Titanic had left the ship by 3.30 this morning. The liners Carmania and Niagara encountered ice-fields in the Atlantic. The Niagara had two holes “knocked” in the bottom, and several plates bent. – Reuter.

Better News

New York, Monday, - The “Montreal Star” reports from Halifax that the Titanic is still afloat and is making her way slowly to Halifax. – Reuter.

Lloyd’s agent at New York cables that the Titanic reports here, via Philadelphi, that the passengers have been taken off. The vessel is unknown. The Titanic is still afloat, and steering for Halifax.

Liners Reach The Titanic

New York, Monday. – A message from Montreal, timed 8.30 a.m., says the Titanic is still afloat, and heading towards Halifax with her own engines. The women and children have not ben taken off, though the lifeboats are ready in case of emergency. It is thought the bulkheads will prevent her sinking.

A later message says wireless telegraphy brings word that two vessels are standing by the Titanic, and all the passengers have been taken off. – Reuter.

New York, Monday, 11.30 a.m. – A wireless message says twenty boatloads of passengers have already been taken aboard the Carpathia from the Titanic. The Olympic is nearing the Titanic, as also is the Baltic, while the Parisian and Carpathia are in attendance. An unofficial message says the Virginian has taken the Titanic in tow. – Reuter.

Practically Unsinkable

The Press Association’s Godalming correspondent telegraphs that Mr and Mrs Phillips, of Farncombe, Godlming, the parents of the wireless operator on the Titanic, last night received the following message from their son:- “Making slowly for Halifax; practically unsinkable; don’t worry.”

The Titanic’s Voyage.

The White Star Liner Titanic left Southampton last Wednesday on her maiden voyage to New York. The Titanic is the largest vessel afloat, having a tonnage of 46,382 tons. She cost over one million to build. The total number of passengers aboard was –

First Class. 350

Second Class. 305

Third Class. 800

Crew. 903

Total. 2358

Cherbourg, Monday. – The Titanic’s passengers included 142 first, 30 second and 80 third class embarked at Cherbourg. – Reuter.

Official Message.

The Press Association’s Liverpool correspondent telegraphs that the following cablegram was received last night at the White Star Line from their New York Offices:-

“Capt. Haddock of the Olympic wires that the Parisian reports the Carpathia to be in attendance on the Titanic, and has picked up twenty boats of passengers. The Baltic is returning to give assistance, position not given. It is reported that all the passengers are saved, and that the Virginian is towing the Titanic to wards Halifax, Nova Scotia. The report is also confirmed that the Virginian, Parisian and Carpathia are in attendance on the Titanic.”

New York, Monday. – The transfer of the Titanic’s passengers was made  safely in calm weather to the Carpathia and Parisian. They should reach Halifax tomorrow. Most of the Titanic’s crew remained on board. It was reported at 4 o’clock that all the passengers had been transferred from the Titanic. Steamers are towing the Titanic and endeavouring to get her into shoal water near Cape Race for the purpose of beaching her. – Reuter.

The Titanic Sinks.

New York, Monday. – The Titanic sank at 2.20 this morning. No lives were lost. – Reuter. Among the passengers on board are Colonel and Mrs J.J. Astor; Major A.W. Butt (President Taft’s aide-de-camp); Mr B. Gugenheim, of the well known banking family; Mr C. M. Hays, president of the Grand Trunk Railway; Mrs Hays and Miss Hays; Mr Ismay, of the White Star Line; the Countess of Rothes and Mr W.T. Stead. There are 318 first class passengers on board.

New York, 8.40 p.m. – White Star officials admit that many lives have been lost. A Reuter telegram from Cape Race states that about 675 souls have been saved, nearly all women and children.

Phenomenal Ice.

The Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Britain, which arrived at Liverpool from Halifax on Sunday, reports the presence of an immense quantity of ice in the Atlantic. Last Tuesday, when three days out from Halifax, she encountered an ice-field 100 miles in extent, with enormous bergs, and steered a wide course. The Empress of Britain had previously received a wireless message from the liner Virginia, warning her of the presence of ice. The extent of the ice was regarded as phenomenal, and the bergs seemed to be joined to an ice field which appeared as an enormous white line on the horizon.

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Gordon Steadwood


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