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New York times report on the sinking of the Titanic

CAPE RACE, N.F., April 15. — The White Star liner Olympic reports by wireless this evening that the Cunarder Carpathia reached, at daybreak this morning, the position from which wireless calls for help were sent out last night by the Titanic after her collision with an iceberg. The Carpathia found only the lifeboats and the wreckage of what had been the biggest steamship afloat.

The Titanic had foundered at about 2:20 A.M., in latitude 41:46 north and longitude 50:14 west. This is about 30 minutes of latitude, or about 34 miles, due south of the position at which she struck the iceberg. All her boats are accounted for and about 655 souls have been saved of the crew and passengers, most of the latter presumably women and children. There were about 1,200 persons aboard the Titanic.

The Leyland liner California is remaining and searching the position of the disaster, while the Carpathia is returning to New York with the survivors.

It can be positively stated that up to 11 o’clock to-night nothing whatever had been received at or heard by the Marconi station here to the effect that the Parisian, Virginian or any other ships had picked up any survivors, other than those picked up by the Carpathia.

The Titanic

The Titanic

First News of the Disaster.

The first news of the disaster to the Titanic was received by the Marconi wireless station here at 10:25 o’clock last night (as told in yesterday’s New York Times.) The Titanic was first heard giving the distress signal “C. Q. D.,” which was answered by a number of ships, including the Carpathia, the Baltic and the Olympic. The Titanic said she had struck an iceberg and was in immediate need of assistance, giving her position as latitude 41:46 north and longitude 50:14 west.

At 10:55 o’clock the Titanic reported she was sinking by the head, and at 11:25 o’clock the station here established communication with the Allan liner Virginian, from Halifax to Liverpool, and notified her of the Titanic’s urgent need of assistance and gave her the Titanic’s position.

The Virginian advised the Marconi station almost immediately that she was proceeding toward the scene of the disaster.

The Titanic

The Titanic

At 11:36 o’clock the Titanic informed the Olympic that they were putting the women off in boats and instructed the Olympic to have her boats read to transfer the passangers.

The Titanic, during all this time, continued to give distress signals and to announce her position.

The wireless operator seemed absolutely cool and clear-headed, his sending throughout being steady and perfectly formed, and the judgment used by him was of the best.

The last signals heard from the Titanic were received at 12:27 A.M., when the Virginian reported having heard a few blurred signals which ended abruptly.

Titanic menu and other items go on sale

A lunch menu for the first class restaurant on board Titanic, which offered guests the likes of pea soup and grilled mutton chops, is set to go on sale as part of a £100,000 archive.

Elise Lurette had the menu in the pocket of her overcoat when she stepped off the doomed ship before it sank with the loss of 1,522 lives.

The list of lunch items in Titanic’s luxurious restaurant was dated April 12, 1912 – two days before the ship struck an iceberg.

She was also carrying a deck plan of the Titanic that helped her get to the lifeboats.

The fold-up layout of Titanic was only given to first class passengers and helped them navigate the huge ship.

Elise, a French maid for the wealthy Spencer family, wrote on it ‘Depart le 10 Avril’ and marked the paper plan with a cross to highlight where her cabin was.

Hers is only one of three such plans known to be in existence and is valued at £18,000.

The menu she was carrying is said to be one of kind and showed that the wealthy passengers feasted on mutton chops, roast beef, Melton Mowbray pie, lamb and mint sauce, ox tongue, tapioca pudding and greengage tart for the Friday afternoon lunch.

Elise had crossed off Welsh rarebit and Omer Pacha egg as they had been taken off the menu for that day.

Although other menus from the Titanic have come to light before, this is believed to be the first for lunch on April 12. It is tipped to sell for £70,000.

A third document that makes up the archive is a fine postcard the maid sent to her nephew from the Titanic when it stopped off at Queenstown, Ireland.

Despite being used to the extravagant and opulent lifestyle of her employers, Elise wrote that the levels of luxury and comfort on the liner were ‘unknown to her until this day.’

The postcard, that has a picture of the liner on the front, is tipped to sell for £6,000.

Elise survived the disaster and sat alongside her employer, Marie Spencer, Molly Brown, an American passenger who was depicted in the 1997 movie Titanic, and lookout Frederick Fleet, in lifeboat number six.

She kept hold of the documents and passed them on to her family who are now selling them for the first time.

Andrew Aldridge, of Henry Aldridge and Son of Devizes, Wiltshire, is selling the three items.

He said: ‘This is a quite remarkable archive of Titanic-related documents that has never come to public attention before as it has been in the family of Elise Lurette all this time.

‘As far as we are aware the lunch menu is the only one for April 12 that is still in existence.

Titanic menu

Titanic menu

‘There are a few for dinner on April 14 – the night of the disaster – but that is understandable as they would have been in the pockets of coats and dinner jackets of survivors.

‘On the night of the sinking, after a member of the ships’ crew knocked on Elise’s cabin she put a coat on over her nightdress.

‘In that coat were the menu and deck plan which would have helped her find her way to the top deck where the lifeboats were being lowered.

‘You can understand her having the plan on her to get to safety as quickly as possible but it is just pure luck that Elise Lurette still had the lunch menu from two days before.

‘The deck plan folds up to 10ins by 3ins and is long and thin. It was her map for getting around the huge ship and would have been invaluable to her as she spoke little English.

‘She marked an X next to her cabin, stateroom B76 and wrote ‘Depart le 10 Avril’ on the front cover together with the figures ‘787.50’ and ‘1197.50’, possibly the cost of the cabins that Elise and the Spencer family booked.

The Titanic

The Titanic

‘Postcards written onboard Titanic aren’t rare but this one gives us an interesting snapshot of the levels of luxury on it.

‘This is a woman who worked for an extremely wealthy couple who owned their own castle on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, yet she states in her card that she has never seen such splendour up until stepping on board Titanic.’

Elise was aged 59 at the time of the disaster and died the next year. Her employer, William Spencer, perished in the sinking.

He was not the only multi-millionaire to die on Titanic. Isador Strauss, John Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim were unable to get a place on the lifeboats despite their wealth.