TITANIC DISASTERCARPATHIA RESCUE EFFORT.
ROSTRON, ARTHUR. 1869-1940. Autograph Manuscript Signed, 2 pp, 4to, at sea, April 27, 1912, being Captain Rostron's first hand account of the Titanic disaster, very light toning, otherwise fine.
THE RESCUE CAPTAIN'S REPORT. The Carpathia was on its regular voyage from New York to Fiume when its telegraph operator received the first distress signals from the Titanic. Rostron was sleeping at the time, but was quickly awoken, and ordered his ship to change her course toward the stricken ship's last known position. During the 3 1/2 hours it took to arrive at the sight of the sinking, Rostron had his crew prepare food, drink, blankets and medical care in preparation for the arrival of survivors.
Rostron penned this narrative just 15 days after the disaster, and it's immediacy is evident in every line. In part: "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.