RMS Titanic Life Vest

Description
Chicago physician Dr. Frank Blackmarr, a passenger aboard Titanic's rescue ship RMS Carpathia, helped the survivors suffering from hypothermia, exposure, and shock. He collected a Titanic life vest during the voyage as a souvenir. Five days into its maiden voyage in 1912, the White Star ocean liner Titanic struck an iceberg at full speed in the North Atlantic, en route from England to the United States. For the next few hours, the giant ship took on water and began to nose down into the sea. At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, the gigantic ship sank in 12,500 feet of water 350 miles off the coast of Canada. Within about two hours, Carpathia arrived and rescued the Titanic's 705 surviving crew and passengers. Around 1,500 people aboard were lost.
Object Name
life jacket
date made
1912
Physical Description
textile (outside material)
Measurements
overall: 23 in x 12 in; 58.42 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
1982.0319.01
catalog number
82.0319.01
accession number
1982.0319
related event
The Emergence of Modern America
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Industry & Manufacturing
Titanic
On the Water exhibit
Transportation
Exhibition
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

I have recently acquired a very rare and possibly unique photograph(7 "x 5 ") of Titanic life jackets in the hold of Carpathia.The reverse of photograph has typed the following:-Special Titanic-Carpathia Service.Life preserving belts worn by the Titanic survivors lying in the hold of the Carpathia.Many a passenger owes his or her life to the aid of this apparatus.American Press Association. Stamped-Filed May 25 1912.The photograph not only shows the life jackets but what appears to be two crew members looking on and a passenger with small child. Also in the background is a gentleman with dickie bow.

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