While we don’t have photos of the ship or the wreckage from the era because the ship sank so quickly, we do have photos of the RMS Titanic disaster survivors aboard the rescuer ship RMS Carpathia as well as photos of crowds waiting to see the survivors come in at New York. All in all there was quite a bit of commotion anywhere there might have been news of victims and survivors both and rightly so. There were only 712 survivors out of a total 2,207 passengers and crew members.
Both press and public eagerly awaited news of survivors following the horrible news. Telegrams about the rescued aboard the Carpathia trickled in alongside news of those who had not been saved or bodies that had been found. Crowds gathered at the White Star offices in London and New York for any word about the passengers and crew of the Titanic.
“Harold Bride, surviving wireless operator of the TITANIC, with feet bandaged, being carried up ramp of ship.” Via/ Library of Congress
Titanic survivors recovering at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City include passengers and crew of the ship. Via/ Wiki Commons
Within days of the tragedy folks were organizing events and fundraisers for the survivors and their families. Some of the less fortunate families of crew members went destitute without the income of their breadwinners, so events like these were crucial to helping the victims.
Baseball game to benefit Titanic survivors. Not only did the ticket price go towards victims, but chorus girls and starlets worked the crowd for extra donations during the game. Via/ Library of Congress
Two brother, survivors of the Titanic. It took some sleuthing to discover their real identities. Via/ Library of Congress
Funeral procession for one of the most famous Titanic victims, John Jacob Astor. Via/ Library of Congress
“Aerial view of Straus Memorial Park in New York City. The memorial and park was dedicated on April 15, 1915, the third anniversary of the death of Isidore and Ida Straus on the Titanic.” Via/ Library of Congress
“Mrs. J.J. Brown presenting trophy cup award to Capt. Arthur Henry Rostron (of the Carpathia), for his service in the rescue of the Titanic.” Via/ Library of Congress