Cunard Line: Carpathia

The Twin Screw Cunard steamship Carpathia was laid down at the Wallsend-on-Tyne works of Swan & Hunter in 1901. She was launched on 6 August 1902 and, after fitting out, registered a gross tonnage of 13,603. She was 558 feet in length with a breadth of 64 feet 3 inches and depth 40 feet. Her eight cylinder quadruple-expansion engines installed by the Wallsend Slipway Co. gave her a service speed of approximately 14 knots.

On 5 May 1903 the Carpathia left Liverpool on her maiden voyage, travelling via Queenstown to New York  The Carpathia plied the Liverpool to New York or Boston route in the Summer and, between November and May, she carried immigrants (mainly Hungarian) from Trieste and Fiume to America.  As well as providing essential immigrant revenue these summer cruises to Europe were particularly enjoyed by wealthy Americans on holiday with additional stops being made at the ports of Gibraltar, Genoa and Naples (sometimes including Messina and Palermo).

In 1905 the Carpathia was refitted to provide accommodation for 100 first class, 200 second class and 2,250 third class passengers. By 1909 she was permanently assigned to the Mediterranean service, only returning to Liverpool at the end of each year for a refit.

For the story of Carpathia's involvement in the rescue of the Titanic survivors, see the entry for her captain at that time: Arthur Henry Rostron.

At the beginning of World War One, on 5 September 1914, the Carpathia was fined by the Italian government for transporting emigrants without a licence.

The Carpathia continued its commercial service throughout the war, first operating from the Piraeus in Greece and then, in 1915, being transferred to the New York and Boston run from Liverpool.  She was never converted into a troopship although she had been designed to enable conversion to carry up 3000 officers and troops with 1000 tons of stores, or 1000 officers and men when transporting cavalry.

On 17 July 1918 the Carpathia was travelling in a convoy, bound for Boston, when she was struck by two torpedoes some 120 miles west of Fastnet. A third torpedo hit the ship as the lifeboats were being manned. Five of the crew were killed by the explosions. The remainder of the crew and the 57 passengers on board were picked up by H.M.S. Snowdrop and safely brought to Liverpool. The Carpathia sank at 12.40am that day.


References
Cunard Archives at the University of Liverpool: Carpathia
Brian Ticehurst (1996) The Titanic's Rescuers - Captain Sir Arthur Rostron the crew of the Carpathia

Contributors
Scott A. Bergevin, USA
Brian Ticehurst, UK


RESCUED UNION HILL GIRL'S STORY

David Sarnoff at work

Carpathia Menu

RMS Carpathia : Out of the dark of the dawn

Titanic Lifeboats Approach the Carpathia

Mr. Antonio Vossella

Jessie Leitch's Story

Roger Bricoux on the Carpathia

Berthe Leroy wearing Carpathia brooch

Carpathia Crew Medal on Sale

Lifeboats from Titanic Reach the Carpathia

Carpathia Medal

Rostron Made British Knight

Carpathia Passenger List

Mauretania Private Picture, 1908
Bodies recovered by the Carpathia: 1
Titanic Crew whose current ship was the Carpathia: 313
Crew whose previous ship was the Carpathia: 122

Articles etc.

2 BOXERS DIE ON TITANIC
A Cunard Commodore
A lifeboat at the side of the Carpathia
A Survivor from Sains-Bouvigny
Akron Women Tell Thrilling Stories of their Rescue From the Doomed Ship
An account of my journey on the Titanic
ANOTHER CHICAGOAN HIT IN TITANIC WRECK
ANOTHER PENZANCE PASSENGER SAVED
AUDIENCE CHEERS ROSTRON
AWAIT COMING OF CARPATHIA WITH RESCUED
AWAIT NEWS IN DETROIT
BABY ONLY ONE LEFT OF ALLISON FAMILY
Baby Thought Lost Is Safe
BANSHA LADY'S ESCAPE
Berthe Leroy wearing Carpathia brooch
BOAT SPACE LOST
Boston Man On Franconia Reports Communicating With Carpathia
Bruce Ismay and the Ring's Taunt
BURLINGTON COUNTY MAN WAS BLOWN INTO WATER
BURY FOUR OF THE DEAD AT SEA
C. E. H. STENGEL TELLS IN DETAIL OF BATTLE FOR LIVES
CAPT ROSTRON AT CONCERT
CAPT ROSTRON'S TRAGIC STORY
CAPT. ROSTRON GETS MEDAL
CAPT. ROSTRON GUEST OF MRS. J. B. THAYER
CAPT. ROSTRON GUEST OF MRS. J. J. ASTOR
Capt. Rostron Receives Royal Honor
Capt. Rostron to Receive Medal To-morrow
CAPTAIN'S OFFICIAL REPORTS
Carpathia and the Titanic: Rescue at Sea
Carpathia Crew Medal on Sale
CARPATHIA LANDS IN NEW YORK CITY AND THE BISHOPS WIRE THEY'RE SAFE
Carpathia leaves site for New York
Carpathia Medal
Carpathia Medal to be auctioned
Carpathia Menu
Carpathia Passenger List
CARPATHIA SUNK; 5 OF CREW KILLED
Carpathia's Capt. All Worn Out
CONGRESS THANKS ROSTRON
COUSIN OF CITY CLERK DONNELLY AMONG RESCUED
CUNARD EMPLOYEES TO HONOR ROSTRON
CUNARD REFUSES REWARD
David Sarnoff at work
Digby County and the Titanic Disaster...
DINE CAPT. ROSTRON ON THE MAURETANIA
DR. DODGE AND HIS FAMILY ARE SAFE
DR. DODGE GIVES STORY OF RESCUE
DR. WASHINGTON DODGE TRIES SUICIDE; MAY DIE
Edith L. Rosenbaum
Edward Dorking, Ship Wreck Survivor, Appears at Star Theatre
Excuse Sending ... Am Half Asleep
Film: Captain Rostron in New York
FRANK KORUN REACHES HOME
FRENCHMEN'S ACCOUNT
Gazette Staff Man On Carpathia's Pier
GENERAL PROTEST---BROADCAST PLAY DROPPED
George A. Brereton - Mystery Man
GIRL SAYS FATHER SAVED HER IN WRECK
Give up Hope for Roebling and Blackwell
HAD PREMONITION OF DISASTER
Harold Cottam (1)
HENRY BLANK DECLARES CURIOSITY SAVED HIM
HOME NEWS GAVE CITY FIRST NEWS OF CARPATHIA'S LANDING
I'M STARVED WAS ISMAY'S FIRST WORD
Iceberg that sank Titanic
Irene Harris General information
ISMAY GOT INTO BOAT
Italians shipwrecked
Jersey Women Tell Thrilling Tales
Jessie Leitch's Story
John Edward Hart: Dubious Hero
JOY AND SADNESS COME WITH NEWS
JUMPED FROM SINKING SHIP
Lest We Forget
Letter from William Mellors to Dorothy Ockenden
Lifeboats from Titanic Reach the Carpathia
Liverpool Awards to Carpathia Crew
LOCAL SURVIVOR DEFENDS ISMAY
Many dead on a raft
MARCONI CHEERED FOR WIRELESS FEATS
Mauretania Private Picture, 1908
MAURETANIA'S CAPTAIN IS HONORED BY KING
MEDALS FOR RESCUING CREW
MEETS CARPATHIA
Mount Charles Victims
Mr. and Mrs. Bishop Give First Authentic Interview Concerning Titantic [sic] Disaster
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Collyer
Mr. Antonio Vossella
MR. SILVEY LOST WHEN WIFE WAS SAVED
Mrs Marvin
Mrs Weisz on the Carpathia
Mrs. Berthe Bourlard, World Traveler, Plans Another European Trip
Mrs. C.E.H. Stengel
MRS. GWINN IS NOT AT POINT OF DEATH
Name Not On List But Woman Is Safe
NOT LOCKED IN CABIN ON CARPATHIA, SAYS ISMAY
Notes on Lifeboat Lists
Obituary
ON BOARD THE CARPATHIA
Oppose London Radio Program On Sinking of the Titanic (1)
Oregon's Only First Class Passengers: The Warrens
OTHER STATEMENTS BY SURVIVORS
Preacher en-route here
PRESENTATION TO ROSTRON
Radio Interview with Albert Horswill
REMAINS IN HOPE HUSBAND IS SAVED
REPORT LOSS OF 5 PERSONS COMING HERE
Report to Marconi Traffic Manager [Extract]
RESCUED From The Sinking Titanic Was Charles Burgess
RESCUED UNION HILL GIRL'S STORY
REWARD CARPATHIA'S CREW
RMS Carpathia : Out of the dark of the dawn
Roger Bricoux on the Carpathia
Rostron beats Himself to New York by Wireless
ROSTRON GETS MEDAL TO-DAY
Rostron Made British Knight
Rostron's Lost Report
Safety of Former Residents of Worcester Causes Worry Among Friends In This City
Saved by Mrs. Astor from Death in Ocean
Saves Dogs While Passengers Perish
SAYS ISMAY TOOK FIRST BOAT
SENATORS GREET ROSTRON
SILENCE ENJOINED ON MANY SURVIVORS
SIR ARTHUR ROSTRON
SIR ARTHUR ROSTRON SAILS AS COMMODORE
SIR ARTHUR ROSTRON TO RETIRE FROM SEA
Statement by Harold Bride
Stead and Astor Cling to Raft
STENGELS TO CARE FOR MRS. AND MISS MINAHAN
Steward's Statement
Stewardesses Interviewed
STORM STOPS NEWS: Sable Island Communicates Briefly with the Carpathia.
STORY TOLD OF SINKING Of The Titanic
SWINDLERS AT WORK IN TITANIC LIFEBOATS
SYRIAN WOMAN'S THRILLING NARRATIVE
Tells of Ismay's Escape
TELLS OF WOMEN PULLING AT OARS
Testimonies of Healing
THE CARPATHIA TORPEDOED
The Carpathia: A Poem
THE CUNARD STEAMER CARPATHIA
The Harrises
THE RESCUED : BY AN EYE-WITNESS ON THE CARPATHIA
The Wideners
Thomas Whiteley's Titanic Lecture
THOSE WHO SAW THE RESCUE
THREE STILL SUFFER FROM PERILS AND COLD
TITANIC 'VICTIMS' BOB UP EVERYDAY
TITANIC : NAMES NOT ON SAILING LIST
Titanic Lifeboats Approach the Carpathia
TITANIC RESCUED HERE
TITANIC SURVIVOR IN SALT LAKE
TITANIC TRAGEDY--Broadcast Play--Captain Rostron's Protest
Two Catholic priests on board the Titanic
TWO SURVIVORS CALL ON MAYOR TO ASK RELIEF
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Video: The Carpathia at her berth in New York
Vincent Astor's Grief
WEALTHY COLORADO MINE OWNER DIES
WHY WAS THE NEWS SUPPRESSED
WILLIAM CROTHERS DULLES NOW IS GIVEN UP AS LOST
Woman Relates Thrilling Race of Carpathia
WOMEN REVEALED AS HEROINES BY WRECK
WOMEN REVEALED AS HEROINES BY WRECK (1)
WOMEN WORK HARD FOR RESCUED FOLK

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