This a copy on the original
TITANIC LANDING CARD OF L BENTHAM
in New York, each surviving passenger was
issued a landing card with the words
Carpatbia Ex. Titanic filled in. Many
of these have surfaced over the
because survivors kept them as sou
venirs. This one was owned by
Bentham, a nineteen-year-old from
rhe Channel Islands who was immigrating
America. She died in
York, in 1977.
Lillian W. Bentham, 19,was born in Holley, N. Y. Her mother was
Mary J. Bentham, her father had died prior to 1912.
had been one of a party of 11 visting Europe. The group included
her godfather William J. Downton, Peter David McKane, Peter Renouf,
Lillian Renouf, Clifford Jefferys, Ernest Jefferys, Herbert Denbury
and Emily Rugg.
she was away her family moved to Rochester, N. Y.
Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger. She
held ticket number 28404, price: £13.
the collision on 14 April 1912 Lillian did not think the
Titanic would sink even though she knew that the
passengers were being taken off in lifeboats. Only when one of her
party, Herbert Denbury, rushed to her stateroom and told her to
hurry on deck did she accept the seriousness of the
Bentham was rescued in lifeboat 12 She recalled seeing the ship
break in two as it sank.
mother could not come to meet her off the
Carpathia as her brother had contracted Typhoid fever, but
eight friends did come, among them the widow of William
married Mr John Black in 1918. They lived at 11 Kay Terrace,
Rochester, N. Y.
Bentham died on 15 December 1977
This is a brief outline of the life of the
Titanic. It begins with the plans to build it and ends with its
sinking. This is a day by day and hour by hour description of the
building, sailing and sinking of the Titanic.
1907 Plans are made to build the
luxury ship Titanic.
1908-1909 Construction of the Titanic
begins in Belfast, Ireland.
1911 The hull of Titanic is
1912 January: Sixteen wooden lifeboats
are fitted on board the Titanic.
March 31 The outfitting of the Titanic
April 10 Sailing Day: 9:30-11:30 a.m.:
Passengers arrive in Southampton and board ship.
Noon The Titanic casts off and begins
her maiden voyage.
6:30 p.m. The Titanic rides at anchor
in Cherbourg, France.
8:10 p.m. The Titanic leaves for
April 11 1:30 p.m. The Titanic leaves
Queenstown for New York.
April 12 and 13 The Titanic sails
through calm waters.
April 14 Sunday, several ice warnings
are received during the day.
11:40 p.m. The lookouts see an iceberg
dead ahead. The iceberg strikes the Titanic on the starboard
(right) side of her bow.
11:50 p.m. Water has poured in and
risen 14 feet in the front part of the ship.
April 15 Monday
12:00 a.m. The captain is told the
ship can only stay afloat for a couple of hours. He gives order to
call for help over the radio.
12:05 a.m. Orders are given to uncover
the lifeboats and to get passengers and crew ready on deck. There
is only room for half of the estimated 2,227 on board in the
12:25 a.m. Lifeboats are now loading
with women and children first. The Carpathia, southeast of the
Titanic by about 58 miles, picks up the distress call and
immediately heads full speed to the rescue.
12:45 a.m. The first lifeboat is
safely lowered away. If can carry 65 people, but only leaveswith
28. The first distress rocket if fired. Eight rockets are fired the
1:15 a.m. The tilt of the deck grows
steeper. Lifeboats now begin to leave fully loaded.
1:40 a.m. Most of the forward
lifeboats have now gone. Passengers begin to move back to the stern
2:05 a.m. The last lifeboat leaves.
There are now over 1,500 people left on the ship. The tiltof
Titanic's deck grows steeper and steeper.
2:17 a.m. The last radio call is sent.
Captain Smith tells his crew "It's every man for himself." The bow
plunges under, many passengers and crew jump off, slowly freezing.
A funnel collapses, crushing several people.
2:18 a.m. The ship's lights blink once
then go out. Several survivors see the ship break in two. The bow
2:20 a.m. The Titanic's broken off
stern settles back into the water, becoming more level for a few
moments. Slowly it fills with water and again tilts its end high
into the air before sinking into the sea. People in the water
slowly freeze to death.
3:30 a.m. The rescue ship Carpathia's
rockets are sighted by survivors in the lifeboats.
4:10 a.m. The first lifeboat is picked
up by the Carpathia.
8:50 a.m. The Carpathia leaves the
area bound for New York. She carries 705 survivors.
April 18 Tuesday 9:00 p.m.: The
Carpathia arrives in New York.
April 19 to May 25: Several ships are
sent to the disaster site to recover bodies. A total of 328 bodies
are found floating in the area.
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