Titanic Survivors Wearing Borrowed Clothes

Description
When the ocean liner Carpathia arrived at the spot in the North Atlantic ocean where Titanic sank, all the rescuers saw by the light of the moon was some wreckage and lifeboats with passengers. Many of the passengers had come up on deck in their nightclothes from their bunks aboard Titanic, and they were totally unprepared to climb directly into the lifeboats. The survivors were struck by the cold outdoor temperature, and they were suffering from exposure, extreme stress and shock by the time Carpathia arrived on the scene. The rescue ship was able to pick up 705 survivors, and as they boarded, they tossed their life vests into piles on the deck and were handed heavy, warm clothes by Carpathia's sympathetic passengers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
photograph
date made
1912
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in; 16.51 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
1986.0173.24
catalog number
1986.0173.24
accession number
1986.0173
subject
Photography
Transportation
Titanic
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Titanic
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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