Titanic Survivors Wearing Borrowed Clothes


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.

Date Made: 1912

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1986.0173.24Catalog Number: 1986.0173.24Accession Number: 1986.0173

Object Name: photograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 6 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in; 16.51 cm x 21.59 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-7755-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1416176

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