Passengers Safely Moved and Steamer Titanic Taken in Tow

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Passengers Safely Moved and Steamer Titanic Taken in Tow  (1912) 

An incorrect story about the disastrous sinking of the Titanic, that was published in the Christian Science Monitor on April 15, 1912.

The incorrect article

Passengers Safely Moved and Steamer Titanic Taken in Tow

Carpathia and Parisian Care for Those Aboard Disabled Liner While Virginian Lends Aid to Make Port


Officials of White Star Company Confident Steamer is Unsinkable and Will Float Until Halifax is Reached

White Star liner Titanic, greatest vessel afloat, strikes iceberg shortly before midnight.

Wireless despatches immediately sent out that vessel is sinking.

Women and children placed in life boats ready for release.

Steamers Virginian and Parisian of Allen line and Carpathia of Cunard line reach side of the Titanic, Baltic of White Star line sighted on the way.

Passengers transferred to the Parisian and Carpathia, while Virginian takes vessel in tow to Halifax.

Second transfer to be made to Baltic, which will take passengers to New York, arriving on Thursday.


The New Haven railroad will send a special Pullman train to Halifax to accommodate the passengers of the Titanic.

CANSO, N.S. The White Star liner Titanic, having transferred her passengers to the Parisian and Carpathia, was, at 2 o'clock this afternoon, being towed to Halifax by the Virginian of the Allan line.

The Virginian passed a line to the Titanic as soon as the passengers had been transferred, and the latest word received by wireless was that there was no doubt that the new White Star liner would reach port. Agents of the White Star line at Halifax have been ordered to have wrecking tugs sent out to aid the Virginian with her tow into port.

HALIFAX, N.S. Held afloat only by her watertight compartments, the great White Star liner Titanic is slowly crawling towards this harbor. Her passengers have been taken aboard the Cunard liner Carpathia and the Parisian of the Allan line only to have to face a second ordeal as they are to be again transferred to the Baltic of the White Star line this afternoon. The Baltic will take them to their journey's end in New York, where they are due on Thursday.

The disaster to the Titanic was unparalleled in the history of navigation. The largest, most luxurious and best appointed vessel ever laid down, she seemed proof against any disaster and it is to the very fact that she was a new steamer that the passengers on board, noted financiers and society leaders owe their lives.

Hardly another craft afloat could have withstood the terrific shock when the Titanic driving along at better than half speed, although in the midst of ice fields, crashed bow into a great, submerged mountain of ice which tore away her steel plates.

Only meager advices regarding the wreck have been received here by the wireless and these fail to clear up how the accident took place, or whether there was a panic among the passengers. That Capt. Smith, admiral of the White Star's fleet, and in command of this latest ocean creation, realized the danger was shown by an appeal for aid. The wireless of the Titanic picked up the Cape Race station and immediate aid was demanded.

The Allan liner Virginian was the first to be reached but almost before she had turned her prow toward the wounded ship, another craft had started on the same errand.

Then came a cruel waiting time, punctuated with brief wireless messages that caused the utmost alarm. "Hurry! Hurry!" was the burden of every word that came flashing through the air, but it was plain from the start that the badly needed aid must come from the steamers that were in the immediate vicinity.

This work was published before January 1, 1926 and it is anonymous or pseudonymous due to unknown authorship. It is in the public domain in the United States as well as countries and areas where the copyright terms of anonymous or pseudonymous works are 100 years or less since publication.