April 15, 1912: Carpathia Receives All of Titanic's Survivors / Californian Is Too Late To Help

Monday, April 15th

Captain Arthur Rostron of the Carpathia
Carpathia's crew finish receiving Titanic's survivors around 8:30am. Once everyone is on board, Captain Rostron asks for a full survivor count.

The survivors immediately begin looking for family and friends that had been separated during Titanic's evacuation. The married women search for their husbands that they were forced to leave behind. Unaware that Carpathia was the only ship to come to Titanic's rescue, many of the survivors have hope that their loved ones could possibly be on another ship.

After traveling through 19 miles of ice, the Californian approaches the Carpathia from the north. Californian's Wireless Operator Cyril Evans has just learned of Titanic's fate, and has relayed this information to Captain Stanley Lord.

After hearing this horrible news, Lord and the rest of his crew can't help but wonder if the rockets and lights they saw disappearing on the horizon, was actually the Titanic sinking before their eyes. As Californian gets closer to Carpathia, they realize that they are too late to help.

Captain Stanley Lord and his ship, SS Californian

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April 15,1912: The First Lifeboat Reaches Carpathia / Boxhall Informs Rostron of What Has Happened

Monday, April 15th

After arriving at the scene, the Carpathia drifts toward Lifeboat 2 with 4th Officer Boxhall in command. The passengers of this boat are brought aboard. Boxhall is the first of Titanic's officers to inform Captain Rostron of Titanic's sinking.

4th Officer Boxhall (left) and Captain Rostron (right)

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All of Titanic's remaining passengers and crew make their way toward the Carpathia. By 8:30am all of the survivors have been brought aboard. Thirteen of Titanic's lifeboats are recovered and stored on Carpathia's deck.

April 15, 1912: Carpathia Arrives!

Monday, April 15th
3:30am - 4am

It has been nearly four hours since Carpathia had first responded to Titanic's distress call. Captain Rostron was getting everything and everyone ready to receive Titanic's survivors, all while pushing through the icy Atlantic at top speed. The Carpathia reaches Titanic's reported position around 3am to 3:30am only to find nothing. Carpathia sends a message to Titanic saying, "If you are there, we are firing rockets.".

As dawn appeared, all that was left of Titanic were her lifeboats. They were scattered for miles across the horizon among hundreds of icebergs.

"It was at quite an early stage that I had seen that I had seen far in the distance, the unmistakable mast lights of a steamer about four or five points away on the port side. My eyes were fixed for hours that night on the lights of that steamer far away in the distance, which afterwards proved to be those of the Carpathia. To my great disappointment they seemed to make no progress towards our rescue. This we were told later, was due to meeting an iceberg as she was proceeding full speed to the scene of the Titanic's wreck. She had come to a stop, and sighted the lights of our lifeboats, or such has had them. Finally, dawn appeared and there on the port side of our upset boat where we had been looking with anxious eyes, glory be to God! We saw the steamer Carpathia about four or five miles away with other Titanic lifeboats rowing towards her."

Titanic's First Class Passenger
Col. Archibald Gracie

With the new light of dawn and with Carpathia visible in the distance, Titanic's survivors begin rowing toward the rescue ship. Some of the lifeboats are reorganized and tied together by Titanic's surviving officers before proceeding. The overturned collapsible B is sinking fast and it's passengers are transferred to other lifeboats close by. Many of the the lifeboats that were overloaded had their passengers transferred to other boats as well.

The rescue of Titanic's survivors has begun.

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April 15, 1912: Titanic Survivors Wait To Be Rescued

Monday, April 15th
2:20am - 4:00am

After Titanic disappeared, and the cries from the people in the water had silenced. The remaining people in the lifeboats had to endure the long wait to be rescued. Consisting of mostly women, the passengers of Titanic's lifeboats were encouraged to do whatever they could to stay warm.

Each one of Titanic's lifeboats has it's own story, but none so powerful as 
Collapsible Lifeboat B. As the group men held on to the overturned lifeboat, one could imagine a scene of complete terror in the icy darkness.

Video Provided By: Julian Fellowes' Titanic (2012)