Captain Rostron of RMS Carpathia Rescued Titanic Survivors
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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?