Carpathia

On the night of the 14th of April, 1912, RMS Titanic struck an iceberg. On the morning of the 15th April 1912, RMS Carpathia arrived on the scene of the world’s worst maritime tragedy.

Titanic special

 

Carpathia

An Atlantic night in April, Carpathia steamed ahead

The air was cold the sea was calm most people were in bed

Sailing from New York and heading for Gibraltar

Shortly after midnight their course they’d have to alter

 

The wireless man received the news a ship was going down

He knew the implications, get there fast or people drown

The Captain was informed that they’d received an SOS

Could that really be the Titanic in distress?

 

A reply was sent immediately that help was on its way

Although they couldn’t get there until the break of day

The heating was turned off, want gave way to need

Every bit of power was converted into speed

 

The crew made preparations and tried not to make a sound

They did not tell the passengers they’d turned the ship around

The captain thought it best to avoid unnecessary panic

The passengers would soon know what had happened to Titanic

 

Two hours since the call came in, two more hours to go

The ship was giving all it had but still, it felt too slow

Californian was closest, she could be there by now

The last message from Titanic, she was sinking by the bow

 

The first lifeboat was sighted in the early morning light

There was no sign of Titanic, she had not survived the night

The lifeboats were located and the people brought aboard

Where was Californian, where was Captain Lord?

 

The survivors were looked after by the passengers and crew

Some gave up their cabins, it was something they could do

Blankets were distributed and the Galley had been told

To have hot drinks at the ready, the survivors would be cold

 

The search for more survivors turned out to be in vain

Husbands, wives, kith and kin would not be seen again

Everybody was in shock, there was very little talk

Eventually, the Captain set a heading for New York

 

The rescue ship sailed off with the seven hundred souls

Who only hours ago had watched the tragedy unfold

The sea was getting rough, then it began to rain

Many people vowed not to cross the sea again

 

It was hard to comprehend that only days had passed

Since Titanic left her moorings in the city of Belfast

Embarkation at Southampton, Cherbourg and Queenstown

Many people said she was the jewel in White Star’s crown

 

Now that jewel lay broken at the bottom of the sea

And fifteen hundred souls were lost, a dreadful tragedy

Some had claimed that man now was nature’s master

Nature had replied with this maritime disaster

 

The rescue ship drove on and then on Thursday night

New York came into view, a very welcome sight

Thousands stood out in the rain to see the ship arrive

Many still not knowing if their loved ones were alive

 

On the pier people waited, hoping against hope

Dockers at the capstans, each tied off a rope

The survivors came ashore, each with a tale to tell

Of the night they lost Titanic, of the night they went through hell.

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5 Responses to Carpathia

  1. bone&silver says:

    Beautiful thank you, and starkly tragic. I’d never thought about the rescue boats…

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jean Cross says:

      Thanks for the comment, G, Jean here replying for Angela, (fingers out of action due to enthusiastic demolition of shed)

      I, – Angela – this is getting confusing, was curious about the immediate aftermath and the days the survivors spent on the Carpathia before arriving in New York. It’s a facinating story all round.

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  2. Widdershins says:

    Such a wast of so many lives. Sometimes I wonder if that’s the only way we humans learn the really important lessons – when we’ve lost something.

    Liked by 1 person

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