On the bright morning of April 15, 1912, two ships met in the North Atlantic about 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. One of them, a smallish Cunard liner called the Carpathia left soon after, bound for New York with 705 survivors of one of the worst maritime tragedies in history. The other, the Leyland Lines’ cargo/passenger vessel, Californian, agreed to stay on the site in which the brand new White Star liner, Titanic, had foundered to recover bodies.
The largest moving object ever created by man had left little behind to mark her passing. Deck chairs, some sodden clothing, and pieces of wood bobbed on the surface of the frigid water. After a few hours of fruitless searching, the Californian continued on to Boston. (READ MORE)
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