One Hundred Years Ago Today
On this day in 1912 over 10,000 people stood in silence at Battery Park to watch the RMS Carpathia pass. When the ship that carried the survivors from the Titanic arrived in New York Harbor, she was surrounded by a flotilla of boats that had been chartered by newspapers. The silent people stood in pouring rain and gusty winds.
After steaming past Pier 54, her home pier to the White Star Lines Pier 59 in order to discharge the Titanic's lifeboats that had been brought aboard after the disaster, Carpathia came back down the river to the home pier that is located at Little West 12th Street.
It was 9:30 p.m when Titanic's first and second class survivors disembarked at Pier 54. At 11 p.m. the third class survivors were greeted by the many New Yorkers who had gathered on West Street. First was a fenced off area for friends and family, then reporters shouting questions at the survivors, hoping to get stories for their papers. From there the survivors fanned out across the city.