April 15, 1912: Carpathia Responds / Titanic's Situation Becomes Clear


Monday, April 15th 
12:19am - 12:27am

As Titanic sinks, wireless operator Phillips continues to send CQD calls...
58 miles away, wireless operator Harold Cottom aboard the Cunard Line's Carpathia, (pictured above) hears Titanic's distress call while getting ready for bed.

Wireless Operator Cottom and Captain Rostron
of the Cunard liner Carpathia.
Cottom writes down what he has heard from Titanic. He responds instantly and asks for Titanic's position. Then he runs to the bridge and informs First Officer Dean and then wakes Captain Rostron with the news.



Although angry about being rudely awoken, Rostron takes the situation seriously and immediately gets dressed. 

Meanwhile on Titanic, wireless operator Harold Bride informs Captain Smith that Carpathia has responded, that they are traveling at full speed, and that they will reach Titanic's location within 4 hours. Smith is stunned that Carpathia is the only ship responding to their rescue. Titanic has at most 2 hours to live. 

Wireless Operator Bride and Captain Smith of Titanic.


Watch this video to see what it would have been like 
at this point in Titanic history...  


Video Provided By: "A Night To Remember" (1958) / "Titanic" (1997)