17 July 2013
Having told the tale of the Titanic's journey away from the Old ways of Europe to the New world, let us tell the tale of another ship at sea. The name of this ship is Carpathia. named, one would assume, on the large mountain range in Europe cover around 1500km. The Romans called this range Montes Sarmatici (meaning Sarmatian Mountains). We shall see that this was indeed providential. On board was an American painter Colin Campbell Cooper whose painting is below.
"The radio operator Cottam received messages from Cape Race, Newfoundland, stating they had private traffic for Titanic. He thought he would be helpful and at 12:11 am on 15 April sent a message to the Titanic stating that Cape Race had traffic for them. In reply he received Titanic's distress signal. Cottam awakened Captain Arthur Henry Rostron who immediately set a course at maximum speed (17 kn (20 mph; 31 km/h)) to Titanic's last known position, approximately 58 mi (93 km) away. Rostron ordered the ship's heating and hot water cut off in order to make as much steam as possible available for the engines. At full speed it took the Carpathia four hours to reach the Titanic, while the Titanic only stayed afloat for two hours and sank before the Carpathia arrived. At 4:00 am, Carpathia arrived at the scene, after working her way through dangerous ice fields, and took on 705 survivors of the disaster from Titanic's lifeboats." Wikipedia
"For their rescue work, the crew of Carpathia were awarded medals by the survivors. Crew members were awarded bronze medals, officers silver, and Captain Rostron a silver cup and a gold medal, presented by Margaret Brown. Rostron was knighted by King George V, was later a guest of President Taft at the White House, where he was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honour the United States Congress could confer upon him." Wikipedia
Indeed this boat was well named for when all seemed lost for those on the fated Titanic, in the ice cold waters overcrowded into the few lifeboats, God sent a true good Samaritan ship to rescue the survivors. The Captain of this ship knew his duty. He was trained well. Controversy surrounds the California who was stopped in a relative close distance to Titanic, who saw the distress signals and did nothing till it was too late for fear of the ice! History will tell the tale of who really did what was right, may we indeed choose the right boat to journey the dangerous seas of this world.