At 12:35 in the
morning, the wireless operator on board the 13,564-ton RMS Carpathia received
a distress message from the Titanic. The ship, in route from New York to
the Mediterranean, immediately turned around and sped, as fast as possible,
northwest to the distressed ship about 93 kilometers or 58 miles away.
The captain, Rastron, was preparing the Carpathia for any survivors of
the Titanic, even though he didnít have any idea of how many people there
would be. All of the doctors that were on the Carpathia had been put on
standby, the cooks and the stewards were preparing food and accommodations,
and every 15 minutes the rockets were fired to signal the approach of the
Carpathia. Captain Rostron was immediately concerned about the ice; the
iceberg that had sunk the Titanic could also, very easily, sink his ship.
When the Carpathia finally reached the spot where the Titanic had last been reported, and had cut its engines, it was 4:00 A. M. Among the gloom, in lifeboat number 2, a green light flickered, where Fourth Officer Boxhall was in charge. When Boxhall was aboard the Carpathia he informed the worst to Captain Rostron, who then was faced with the horrible task of organizing the operation for the rescue.
Searching for survivors, the only lifeboat that went back to search for any survivors was lifeboat number 14, which Fifth Officer Lowe was in charge. His boat had pulled four survivors from the ocean. All of the other lifeboats rowed away from the grim scene because they feared being pulled down by the sinking Titanic or being drowned by the people struggling for their lives in the ocean. In total, only twelve people were rescued, even though most of the lifeboats had room for a lot more.
As all the survivors scampered onto the Carpathia, they were accommodated by the crew and passengers offering them hot food, drinks, blankets and a bit of brandy. Some of the survivors on board were taken into cabins and the others huddled together on the deck, trying to take in the ordeal that had just been through.
In July of 1986, Robert Ballard
and two members of his team descended two and a
half miles to the ocean floor in their tiny submarine. One year earlier they had located
the wreck of the Titanic. Now they wanted to explore the sunken liner at close range.
As they shown their lights on the rusted wreck of the lost ship, the events of that night, 74 years ago, seemed to come alive once again.
The RMS Titanic, inc.'s 4th mission to to find the Titanic, during the summer of 1996, held ground breaking scientific investigation about the collision of the Titanic. while using the most complicated researching tools that were available and the advanced techniques of forensic science, crash investigation, and reverse engineering, and international group of scientist who were from five different countries examined the ship and tried to solve a lot of the mysteries of the disastrous wreck.