The Titanic Disaster according to the Almonte Gazette

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April 28 1912- Almonte Gazette

 

The Cunarder Carpathia came into New York port last Thursday night with the lirst direct news of the loss of the White Star Liner Titanic. – The great liner went down with all but 74o of her human cargo of 2,340 souls. One woman died later in the lifeboats, which were put off from the liner’s side, and five other persons subsequently succumbed on the Carpathia.

The list of prominent men missing stands as previously reported, and the total death list brought to port by the Carpathia is 1 ,601. Accounts disagree widely as to the scene on board. Some maintain that a comparative calm prevailed; others say wild disorder broke out and that there was a maniacal struggle for the life boats. That the liner struck an iceberg is confirmed by all. It was a brilliant moonlight night when crash came.

Speed madness and an express train schedule for ocean liners caused the Titanic tragedy. Dashing at a rate of twenty knots an hour through an icefield ocean and an atmosphere as clear as polished glass, the great liner, the acme of luxuriousness and the last work in marine architecture, hurled herself against an immovable mountain of ice. Two hours .and twenty-live minutes later she disappeared from sight forever.

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Every survivor who landed from the rescue slap, Carpathia, agreed that the speed had not been reduced. All said that the night was perfect, wonderfully so, the brilliant moon beaming out with startling distinctness. Great mountains of ice dotted the edge of the banks off Newfoundland, where the catastrophe Look place.

The band played while crash came. The band of the great vessel was playing soft, music in the great saloon. Many of the passengers had retired. Others were on deck watching the majestic ocean ; still others sat carelessly in various areas, some smoking, others quietly talking. Then came a grinding crash. The floating hotel staggered, seemed to recover and plunged forward again. A shower of ice masses fell on her forward part crushing to death steerage passengers and members of the crew stationed there. For a moment or two things were quiet, then came shouts of alarm. From their cabins rushed men and women in the flimsiest oi night attire and some were panic stricken but this did not last.

The Titanic was unsinkable–all  had been assured of this fact. More so of the men and women aboard watched this statement made by the line officials and owners. A few of the stronger minded went back to bed. Five minutes later Captain Smith realized that the ship was doomed and ordered the wireless operator to send out the distress signal. The message went flashing through the air. All were told that danger was imminent, some heeded and grasping the first -clothing they could find they, rushed on deck, others refused to come out.

On deck boat crews were at their posts, big boats had been swung around ready to be put over the side. Women and children were picked up bodily and thrown into them. The rule of the sea “ Women and children first” was being enforced. One after another the boats went over the side. Then a cry was sent up “ There are no more boats.” Consternation seized upon all that remained. They had believed there would be room enough for all. Many leaped into the icy waters, then fearful that they would be dragged to death in the swirling suction that would follow.

Men began to leap into the ice-filled ocean. They jumped in groups, seemingly to an agreed signal, according to story oi survivors. Some who jumped were saved coming up near life boats they were dragged into them by occupants. Slowly, steadily and majestically the liner sink. One deck after another submerged. Whether the boilers exploded is a question. Few of the women rescued had sufficient clothing and they shivered in the bitter cold blasts that came from the great field of ice which surrounded them. Bunches and cakes of drifting  ice crushed and thundered bringing stark terror to the helpless victims.

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None of the boats were fully manned, sailors had stood aside deliberately refusing life, that women might have an opening for safety, although their places were in the boats. Daybreak found the little flotilla bobbing and tossing on the surface of the ocean. It was not known whether help was coming. About 4.30 a.m., Monday the survivors were picked up by the Carpathia. Among the Canadians: M. Hays, president of the G.T.R. ; Thornton Davidson, Montreal; “ Quigg.” Baxter, Montreal; J. Hudson Allison, Mrs. Allison and daughter, Montreal ; H. Markland, Molson, Montreal; Vivien Payne, Montreal; J. R. Levy, Montreal; Dr. Pain, Hamilton ; Hugh ‘Ross, Toronto and Winnipeg ; Mark Fortune, Winnipeg.

The Canadians saved are Mrs. C. M. Hays, Montreal, Mrs. Thornton Davidson, Montreal ; Master Allison, Montreal ; Mrs. (Dr.) Douglas, Montreal ; Miss Alice Bowerman, Montreal ; Mrs. J. G. Hogabin, Toronto; Major Arthur Peuchen, Toronto; Miss Alice Fortune, Winnipeg; Miss Lucille Fortune, Winnipeg ; Miss Mabel Fortune, Winnipeg ; Mrs. Mark Fortune, Winnipeg.

The United States Senate are now making a most thorough inquiry into the Titanic disaster. J. Bruce Ismay, managing director of the White Star line, is the most important witness. The question of speed will undoubtedly enter largely into this inquiry. Second in interest is the question of lifeboats. There is a strong feeling undoubtedly justified, that with a sufficient number of boats, the disaster could not have been so terribly destructive.

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Public opinion is running strongly in the direction of criticism of Bruce Ismay. This is further heightened by statements made by scores of the survivors that Ismay was one of the first to take a safe seat in one of the boats. Whether this charge is true or not, the inquiry will undoubtedly show. Mr. Ismay vigorously contradicts all such statements. One thing is certain, no blame can be placed for the awful catastrophe upon the shoulders Of the officers of the ship. Had the necessary boats been available they would undoubtedly have been used.

Captain Smith, whether to blame or not for the collision, at least proved himself a true British seaman when the supreme test came. Canadians too, while bowing over the icy graves of some of the Dominion’s most prominent citizens, must feel a thrill of pride that these died like men. Over their resting places there towers perhaps only the cliffs of a giant iceberg which lifts itself like a marble monument  to the heroes buried below. Soon it will dissolve and disappear, as sooner or later all monuments pass away, but it will be a longer time before the deeds of these brave and self sacrificing men are blotted from our minds.

 

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On April 15, 1976, Allan Vaughan Sr. was featured in a news article in The Perth Courier. A resident of Perth, he told The Courier that April 15, 1912 was a day in his life that he would never forget. The eldest Vaughan was recognized as a hero back in 1912 after being on the rescue ship, the Carpathia, that hauled to safety, victims of the sunken Titanic.

His role on the day the Titanic sunk was pivotal for the then-18-year-old.

“That day is indelibly stained on my mind and always will be,” he told The Courier from his home on Halton Street. “It was the biggest event in my life.

“We went to sleep that night, on April 14 (aboard the Carpathia), but we were awakened abruptly by someone who told us to get up and go on deck. He told me we struck an iceburg, which of course, turned out to be false.”

When he and other crew members met on deck, they were told to get out blankets from the lockers and set the tables in the dining room. They performed these tasks without knowing why, until Captain Arthur Rostrom told them they were answering an SOS – the Titanic had struck an iceberg and the Carpathia was going to her aid. Read the rest here..Perth Courier 2012

 

*The memorial postcard featuring an angel rising from the ocean, captioned at the bottom: “Spirit Triumphant.” Reverse bears the printed text: “Commemoration of the titanic victims and Benefit for their families under the patronage of The President and Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Connaught. Metropolitan Opera House, April 29th, 1912.”

Extremely rare Titanic postcard, this card would have been sent out within 14 days after the sinking of the ship. Other similar cards have sold, however if you notice on the bottom left of the card, bares the artist signature, which makes it even more coveted.

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun

 

 

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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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