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Topics in Chronicling America - Sinking of the Titanic

Lulled into a false sense of security, Titanic passengers continue their lively parties and return to their beds after an iceberg deals the fatal blow to the "unsinkable" ship. Hours later panic rushed through the more than 2,000 passengers as the few life boats filled and the ship began sinking. More than 1,300 people would die from drowning and freezing in the early hours of April 15th, 1912 in one of the worst maritime disasters of history. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • April 14, 1912. The Titanic hits an iceberg. The following morning, newspapers offer conflicting reports.
  • April 16, 1912. News reports confirm that the Titanic is sunk and over 1300 are missing.
  • April 17, 1912. All Titanic survivors are aboard the Carpathia, headed for New York.
  • April 19, 1912. U.S. Senate inquiry into the disaster opens.
  • May 28, 1912. Senate committee issues a final report.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Titanic, Carpathia, Captain Smith, Bruce Ismay, White Star Line • Many newspapers published detailed accounts of the sinking with much more accurate information beginning on April 17th when more information was becoming available.

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