Wreck of the Titanic

First published in Titanic Features

A terrible disaster, unparalleled in the records of the sea, has overtaken the world's greatest ship, the White Star liner Titanic, which sailed from Southampton on Wednesday in last week on her maiden voyage to New York.

Shortly after ten o'clock on Monday morning the news reached London that late on Sunday evening (United States time) the liner had been in collision in lat. 41.46 N., long. 50.14 w., with an iceberg. At the moment of the disaster the vessel had made roughly two-thirds of her voyage to New York (3204 miles), and had just a thousand miles still to cover. Her nearest land point was Cape Race (Newfoundland), distant about 350 miles to starboard. On board the vessel were 2340 souls, comprising 350 first-class, 320 second-class, and 750 steerage passengers. The crew numbered 940. Early on Tuesday morning there came the terrible news that the Titanic had sunk within four hours of the collision, and a few minutes afterwards there was telegraphed the admission that many lives had been lost. The messages then to hand only accounted for the saving of 675 of the passengers and crew, "nearly all women and children."


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