Carpathia to the Rescue: The Ship That Saved Titanic

By | July 29, 2019

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Survivors of the sinking of the Titanic on April 18, 1912, aboard the RMS Carpathia the ship that rescued them. Washington, Library Of Congress. Source: (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

Before the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, the captain figured it might be a good idea to send out a distress call. It was worth a shot, right? Indeed, had the RMS Carpathia not been in the neighborhood, things could have been much worse. It was the captain and crew of the Carpathia who is credited with saving hundreds of people after the Titanic went down, but how much do you know about the second-most important ship in the Titanic story? Let’s look at this ship, her crew, and how she met the same watery fate as the Titanic

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The Titanic sunk on its maiden voyage. Source: (

The Titanic Disaster

In case all you remember is the Celine Dion song, let’s take a moment and refresh our memories about the Titanic. This luxury British passenger liner was on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City with 2,224 people on board when it struck an iceberg and sank. The passengers included some of the richest and most famous people of the era partying up top as well as impoverished emigrants from England and Ireland who had booked cheap passage on the ship’s lower-class floors. The passenger liner was not equipped with enough lifeboats for all of the passengers and crew because the ship was thought to be unsinkable, a challenge the fates gleefully accepted. As a result, approximately 1,500 people died when the Titanic broke apart and sank.