First published in The Age on April 17, 1912
LOSS OF A MAMMOTH LINER.
WHITE STAR STEAMER TITANIC SINKS.
COLLISION WITH UNSEEN ICEBERG.
APPALLING LOSS OF LIFE.
FIFTEEN HUNDRED BELIEVED TO HAVE PERISHED.
The Titanic leaves Southampton, England, on her maiden voyage
LONDON, 16th April.
The disaster to the mammoth White Star liner Titanic, 45,000 tons, which on Sunday evening last, while on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg, was attended with appalling loss of life.
The steamer Virginian, which hastened to the rescue, received the wireless appeals for help from the Titanic at a distance of 170 miles from the scene of the disaster.
The Olympic, 45,000 tons; the Baltic, 23,876 tons; the Carpathia, 13,603 tons; and the Parisian, 5395 tons, also went to the rescue of the doomed vessel.
The last wireless signals received from the Titanic were blurred, and ended abruptly.
The women on board succeeded in getting away on the lifeboats. The weather was calm.
There were 1380 passengers on the Titanic, including 300 in the first class.
The crew numbered 650.
The passengers included Mr. W. T. Stead, editor of the “Review of Reviews”; Mr. J.B. Ismay, the chairman and managing director of the White Star Line, and president of the International Mercantile Marine Company; Colonel John Jacob Astor, the American multi-millionaire; and several New York bankers.
PASSENGERS TAKE TO THE BOATS.
An early message from Halifax stated that all the passengers on the Titanic left the vessel in boats at 3 a.m.
THE VESSEL SINKS:
The Montreal “Star”, reported that the Titanic was steaming slowly towards Halifax when the end came.
Captain Edward Smith, commander of the RMS Titanic
A later message stated that the Titanic had sunk, and that 675 of those on board were known to have been saved, but it was feared that many others had perished.
THE LOSS OF LIFE.
The officials of the White Star company state that they believe that no fewer than 1300 persons were drowned. The details of the disaster which have been received, however, are both meagre and contradictory, so that it is impossible at present to tell the actual position of affairs.
The estimate made by the officials is based upon the number of persons aboard the Cunard liner Carpathia, 13,603 tons, to which the American liner Virginian, the first vessel to render help to the Titanic, transferred the passengers whom she had rescued from the sinking liner.
FIRST CLASS PASSENGERS SAVED
It is believed that all the first class passengers have been rescued.
It is not known whether the Allan liner Parisian, 5395 tons, which is known to be in the vicinity of the disaster, has saved any of the Titanic’s passengers or crew.
REPORTS IN NEW YORK.
675 PASSENGERS SAVED.
FRANTIC CLAMOR FOR NEWS.
NEW YORK, 16th April, 1 a.m.
Mr. Franklin, vice-president of the White Star company, admits that there has been heavy loss of life in connection with the disaster to the Titanic. The vessel, he states, sank, and the survivors are being brought to New York by the Carpathia.
The latest reports state that only 675 of the passengers on the Titanic (which had 2000 souls aboard) were saved.
The captain of the Olympic has sent a wireless message stating that when his vessel reached the scene of the disaster only wreckage remained on the waters.
The offices in New York of the White Star Company are being besieged by relatives and friends of wealthy Americans aboard the Titanic, who are waiting, in a state of the keenest tension for the latest intelligence from the scene of the wreck.
The absence of news has caused a condition of excitement almost approaching a panic.
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