The diary of Clifford Crease

1912

April 17th Wednesday

Left Halifax at twelve thirty eight P.M. for to recover bodies from wreck of White Star Line Steamship Titanic, which was lost at sea by striking an iceberg in 41.16N, 50.14W and sank in four hours.

April 18th Thursday

Steaming towards wreck

April 19th Friday

Steaming towards wreck

April 20th Saturday

Steaming towards wreck passed by several icebergs; arrived at spot where ship went down at seven fifteen and lay too all night till daylight. A large iceberg about four miles from ship supposed to be the one Titanic struck lots of wreckage floating about, four bodies passed by through the night and picked up later on.

April 21st Sunday

Fine weather started to pick up bodies at six a.m. and continued all day till five thirty p.m. Recovered fifty one bodies, forty six men, four women and one baby. Buried twenty four men at sea at eight fifteen P.M. Rev. Canon Hind’s in attendance also ship’s company. Bodies in good state but bably bruised by being knocked about in the water.

April 22nd Monday

Weather fine. Picked up twenty six bodies, eighteen men, seven women and one boy. Buried at sea, six women and nine men at eight fifteen P.M.

April 23rd Tuesday

Weather fine, picked up one hundred and twenty eight bodies, one hundred and twenty seven men and one woman. Stopped Allan Line’s Sardinian for canvas etc. To wrap up bodies. Did not bury any today.

April 24th Wednesday

Weather foggy did not pick up any bodies but buried seventy seven bodies at twelve forty five P.M. three at a time.

April 25th Thursday

Weather fine picked up eighty seven bodies eighty four men and three women did not bury any today.

April 26th Friday

Weather fine picked up fourteen bodies up till noon when the Cable Ship Minia arrived at one a.m. to relieve us and we started for Halifax.

April 27th Saturday

Steaming towards Halifax.

April 28th Sunday

Weather rough going at half speed towards Halifax.

April 29th Monday

Weather still rough going at slow speed towards Halifax

April 30th Tuesday

Arrived at Halifax at nine twenty and hauled up along side of the Dock Yard Wharf and landed one hundred and ninety bodies which were taken up to the Mayflower Curling Rink for identification.

Relates to Ship:

Mackay-Bennett

Acknowledgements

Nova Scotia Archives

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