Property of various owners
[CARPATHIA] The Rescue Captain's Report: Captain Rostron's hand-written account of the R.M.S. Titanic disaster
April 27th 1912
a two page autograph manuscript on heavy, Japaned waterproof paper, signed;
the text contains the extraordinary eyewitness report of the events surrounding the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic:
At the top R.M.S. "Carpathia"./Cunard S.S. Co. Ltd./at sea/ April 27th 1912. "At 12:35 am ship's time, April 15... 1912, I was called by the 1st officer in company with Marconi operator... informed that the White Star Liner 'Titanic' was sending out urgent distress signals by wireless that she had struck ice & required immediate assistance... I immediately ordered Carpathia turned round... also sent wireless to Titanic saying we were coming to his assistance... the night beautifully fine but cold. At 2:40 am I saw a green flare up half a point on the port bow (White Star Line Cos Signal)... Taking this to be the ship I immediately had rockets fired in answer... a few minutes after the flare up we saw our first iceberg... at 4:10 am got first boat along side the ship, with officers in charge. By the time the first boat was cleared it was breaking day we could then see we were surrounded by ice... on the officer coming aboard he reported Titanic foundered about 2:20 am. I could see the remainder of the ship's boats all within an area of about 4 miles... the endurance of the women and children was remarkable & our own passengers did all in their power to render any assistance to the survivors... after leaving vicinity of disaster, had a trying voyage back... We arrived in New York & docked 9:10 pm Thursday the 18th of April, 1912."
With a listing of the survivors by class and rank, a total and the number of boats recovered.
12 x 7-1/2 in. (30.48 x 19.05 cm.) each page. (2)