Madeleine Newell's account

New York Evening Post

The shock was not not sudden, '' she said, ''but was more like that of an earthquake.

When I went on deck, it seemed to me that we had struck the iceberg almost head-on, but more to the right side of the bow. I believe that side of the ship was ripped away. I left the Titanic in a boat about 2:15 o'clock – that was about a quarter of an hour before the ship sank. Many had refused to leave the big ship, and the men, Col. Astor and Major Butts (sic), President Taft's aide, and the others, stood back and let the women get into the boats first. They were the most chivalrous men in the world.

We were given four men of the crew for our boat, and after we rowed around in the darkness and among the ice, we moved away from the sinking ship for about a mile in order to avoid the terrible suction, which was expected when the Titanic sank. The sea was perfectly calm, as smooth as the palm of your hand....Some of the women had to row until we were picked up by the Carpathia.

Two of the sailors went back to look for more bodies after we were safe. From about a mile away we saw the Titanic sink. From the time we left the ship she was sinking slowly at the head. The Titanic began to sink faster. The water got into the engine-room for we heard a terrific explosion. The stern of the Titanic lifted way out of the water, and the ship's keel showed the tipping of the vessel threw evertyhing toward the bow, and the ship went to the bottom. I believe there were sixteen lifeboats launched. Two of them capsized, throwing the people into the water. Some of them were rescued by other boats.

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