The Adriatic arrived at Liverpool on Saturday with Mr Bruce Ismay and other survivors of the disaster to the Titanic on board. A large crowd had assembled at the landing stage to meet the vessel. One of the White Star Company’s officials conveyed to Mr Ismay a request for a statement for publication, and returned with the following message.
"Mr Bruce Ismay asks the gentlemen of the Press to extend their courtesy to him by not pressing for any statement from him - first, because he is still suffering from the very great strain of the Titanic disaster and subsequent events; again, because he gave before the American Commission a plain and unvarnished statement of facts, which have been fully reported, and also because his evidence before the British Court of Inquiry should not be anticipated.
He would, however, like to take the opportunity of acknowledging with a full heart the large number of telegraphic messages and letters from public concerns and business and private friends conveying sympathy with him and confidence in him which he very much appreciated in the greatest trial of his life".
Mr Ismay was loudly cheered on leaving the liner. The survivors of the crew had been brought ashore earlier in the morning by tender, and proceeded to their homes in various parts of the country. The sum of £185 16s was collected on board the Adriatic on her outward voyage in aid of the Titanic Relief Fund. Of this amount £113 was contributed by the crew.
Related Biographies:Joseph Bruce Ismay
Relates to Place:Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Relates to Ship:Adriatic