The facts that stick out In the greatest of marine disasters

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

  • Seven hundred and five survivors, most of them women.
  • Titanic sank, bow foremost, with 1,505 souls aboard, captain at bridge, colors flying and band playing “Nearer, My God, to Thee.”
  • Splendid heroism of those who remained behind to find a watery grave that women might live.
  • Many women stayed behind to die in their husband’s arms.
  • Titanic was making twenty-one knots an hour when she struck the iceberg.
  • No one at first through that she would sink.
  • Iceberg ripped open her bowels below water line.
  • Instant panic avoided by Captain Smith’s terse appeal to crew, “Be British, my men.”
  • Small number of steerage passengers tried to rush for lifeboats and were hel back by crew and other passengers.
  • Titanic turned her nose for the bottom when last lifeboat was less than a hundred yards away, reared her stern high in the air and trembled for a moment before seeking the bottom.
  • Two explosions when the inrushing waters reached her boilers.
  • When she sank there was silence: a moment later the cries and supplications of fifteen hundred dying men rose in chorus indescribable over the spot where she went down.
  • For hours survivors rowed in lifeboats over a calm sea in bitter cold until Carpathia picked them up.
  • In the aftermath today of the disaster, the principal developments are the testimony of J. Bruce Ismay, managing director of White Star Line, before the Senate Investigating Committee.
  • Removal of surviving members of the Titanic crew aboard the Lapland.


Gordon Steadwood


Encyclopedia Titanica (2013) The facts that stick out In the greatest of marine disasters (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Friday 19th April 1912, ref: #19624, published 30 October 2013, generated 5th June 2020 03:36:37 AM); URL :