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Captain Rostron of RMS Carpathia Rescued Titanic Survivors

Updated on September 21, 2014
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Sir Arthur Henry Rostron and RMS Carpathia to the Rescue of Titanic Passengers

A truly remarkable true story!

Awakened by his radio operator with news of a ship in distress, Captain Arthur Henry Rostron immediately set the course of his RMS Carpathia to the ship in trouble. Using every measure at his disposal, he pushed his ship to a speed beyond which she was rated in a heroic response to the desperate call of the sinking Titanic.

Though he was some 58 nautical miles away from RMS Titanic's reported position, he pushed Carpathia through dangerous, ice laden waters towards those in grave peril.

RMS Carpathia arrived in three and a half hours to begin rescue efforts, and, through extrodinary efforts of a valiant captain and responsive crew, saved the lives of some 710 souls that night. Captain Rostron was lauded on both sides of the Atlantic for his rms Carpathia Rescue.

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Immediately upon being awakened with the news of Titanic's distress signal, Captain Rostron set RMS Carpathia's course to the sinking ship's position.

This is the story of Sir Arthur Henry Rostron, Master of RMS Carpathia, and rescuer of 710 Titanic survivors

Captain of Carpathia

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Sir Arthur Henry Rostron

14 May 1869 - 4 November 1940

Though we remember him as Captain of the ship that rescued the Titanic survivors, Arthur Rostron had quite a career upon the sea.

He began sea training at the age of 13, on the school ship HMS Conway, after which, he served apprenticeship and in crew positions on various ships. A decade later, he claimed a position as fourth mate on Cunard Line's RMS Umbria, and in 1907, he was honored with his first command - Cunard's Bresica.

Of course, he was Master of RMS Carpathia in 1912, as you know. But he enjoyed command of a number of other well known ships of the day, including both the Lusitania and Mauretania.

Upon retirement in 1931, he wrote an autobiography, Home from the Sea.

The Rescue

 CQD and SOS

Carpathia Responds to Titanic's Desperate Plea

RMS Carpathia had sailed from New York, and was bound for Crotia. The distress call was almost not heard by Carpathia. The captain was already asleep, and Harold Cottam had removed his headphones in preparation for retiring when the call came. But, he heard! Cottam literally ran to Captain Rostron and alerted him.

It was all hands in to steam towards Titanic! Their radio operator had used both the traditional CQD and the newer SOS signals.

Captain posted extra lookouts for ice. All engineers reported to the engine rooms and began stoking the engines for top speed. The captain ordered heat shut off in order to use all available power to move the ship. The story goes that, as the gauge in the engine room entered the danger zone, the chief engineer hung his hat over the gaute to obscure the view of it, and they simply kept on stoking. It worked. They pushed the Carpathia to a speed of 17.5 knots.

Meanwhile the crew followed a series of orders to prepare to receive any and all souls they were able to rescue. And, three and one half hours later, rescue they did.

Titanics Distress Signals CQD and SOS - (Simulated)

A simulation of the distress signal that was sent by RMS Titanic's radio operators, Harold Bride and Jack Phillips, on the night she sank.

Here's What it Woiuld Have Sounded Like

RMS Titanic Medap Presentation

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Honors for Sir Arthur Henry Rostron - Came on Both Sides of the Atlantic


US Congressional Gold Medal

Loving cup from Margareat Brown

American Cross of Honor

Medal from the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society

Gold medal from the Shipwreck Society of New York

Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Titanic: One Newspaper, Seven Days, and the Truth That Shocked the World
Titanic: One Newspaper, Seven Days, and the Truth That Shocked the World

Told from a different perspective than most books about Titanic, this one takes you back to 1912, and tells you the story as you would have learned it then . . . through the newspaper stories of the time, including the initial mis-reporting.



Titanic Survivors aboard Carpathia

Titanic Survivors on the deck of Carpathia
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Girl Aboard the Titanic - A Survivor's Story

Eva Hart was seven years old when her family boarded Titanic. This the story of the sinking of the Titanic as she vividly remembered it, and how the event affected her entire life.

The only memoir about the disaster written by a child survivor, and includes family photographs and images of the Titanic, some of which are being published for the first time.

Eva Hart was one of the most outspoken survivors concerning the Titanic's lack of sufficient lifeboats. This is a rare look at what happened that night through the eyes of a child who was actually fortunate enough to survive

Carpathia Bringing Survivors to New York - April 18, 1912

This video is extremely brief, but is actual footage of the Carpathia, with Titanic survivors aboard, sailing into New York harbor. The title says it's from the archives of the National Museum of Northern Ireland.

The "Other" Ship

The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian, - and the Night the Titanic Was Lost

Caifornian's Captain, Stanley Lord, faced a LOT of questions in the aftermath of the tragedy!

To find out more about 'the other ship,' read The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian, and the Night the Titanic Was Lost

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The SS Californian

Another ship, the SS Californian, was only about 10 miles from Titanic when she sank

While Carpathia's Captain was pushing his ship, from nearly 60 nautaical miles away, to make it to Titanic another ship was close enough to see Titanic's flares.

The closer SS Californian simply didn't respond. If she had, more lives may have been saved. Perhaps several hundred more. But she didn't. Why not?

A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells' Story of Survival
A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells' Story of Survival

The true story of an entire family that survived the Titanic disaster,. . . "but could never escape the shadow the ship cast over them."

The Truth About The Titanic: Illustrated Edition
The Truth About The Titanic: Illustrated Edition

Writer Archibald Gracie was aboard Titanic, and survived .... just long enough to write his account of the events. He had just sent his manuscript to the printer when he fell ill. He died in December of 1912. This is a newly illustrated edition of his original account.

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    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      This is fascinating history of which I was unaware. I am stunned that the other ship did not act to help save lives. Must do more reading about that.

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting facts.

      Love to look at those old pictures.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      There are many questions on the Titanics sinking which may never be answered. It is a sad legacy.

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      6 years ago

      Very touching and very heroic... You surely know the waters and the depths! :)

    • BestRatedStuff profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice to read about these "silent" heroes.

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      6 years ago

      Nice job.

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      6 years ago

      When you are reading about the Titanic, you never come across any sort of information about Captain Rostron and his crew that came to the aid of the sinking Titanic. I greatly appreciate this lens and found it incredibly interesting!

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      6 years ago

      This was so interesting to read. This man was a true hero.

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      6 years ago

      I didn't know anything about Captain Rostron before reading your lens. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • LisaDH profile image


      6 years ago

      That captain was a true hero. So many more would have died if the Carpathia hadn't responded.

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      6 years ago

      Wow - never learned so much about him before - thank you kindly for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      He lived an interesting life.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks fro Liking my lens. And what a fascinating lens this is. Great information about a really captivating time in history.

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      NC Shepherd 

      6 years ago

      This is one of those stories that just captivates me.

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      6 years ago

      I think most of us are still fascinated by Titanic stories and I certainly want to read the book written by the child survivor.

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      6 years ago

      Great historical story. Interesting to read. Thanks

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting stuff.

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      6 years ago

      This was an interesting read. I don't think the public will ever tire of learning about this ship.

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @iWriteaLot: Yes it dooes! And it will be out soon.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      When I was growing up, the sinking of the Titanic was still a topic of much conversation and intrigue around the dinner table and even from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. We children heard many a tale from folks who knew someone who survived and from others who had lost someone. Even forty or fifty years later, it was still an enormous, tragic memory for some.

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      6 years ago

      Great story in spotlighting Captain Rostron of RMS Carpathia. My husband has always been in awe of the mysteries of the Titanic.

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      Heather B 

      6 years ago

      After the sinking of the Costa Concordia here in Italy, and the disgraceful actions of its captain, I feel even more impressed by the heroic actions of the likes of Captain Rostron, and how he risked his own crew to save those on the Titanic. Wonderful lens.

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting. This is the first time I've heard of the captain of the Carpathia.

    • iWriteaLot profile image


      6 years ago

      Very nice lens. You have some nice pics and information on here that I hadn't seen before. The book by Eva Hart sounds like it might be fascinating.

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      6 years ago

      I particularly enjoyed the distress signal demonstrations you posted - very interesting. Thanks for sharing more little known details about this piece of Maritime History. Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      Interesting lens. Especially the fact that there was a good chance that the radio operator may have missed the distress call.

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @goldenrulecomics: Might it have been Millvina Dean? She was the youngest passenger on Titanic, and the longest living survivor. She passed away in 2009 at the age of 97.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I enjoyed this lens very much. The sinking of the Titanic has always been a fascinating story. If this had happened today, would it have been any different? Maybe, and maybe not. How about the Italian ship that ran aground recently? We still haven't learned a better way of saving people from disaster on the ocean. Thanks for sharing this story.

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      6 years ago

      The Titanic is such a fascinating story.

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      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Very nice lens. In the late 1980s I actually was lucky enough to meet one of the Titanic's survivors, a lady who was a mere infant that night. She didn't remember much about the sinking, I recall, but it was still amazing.


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