The Titanic’s CT Connection as the Ship Sank on April 15,1912
How many Connecticut residents were on board the mighty Titanic as it sank in the North Atlantic Ocean?
In the late evening hours of Sunday, April 14, off the coast of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic, the Titanic sideswiped an iceberg approximately 50 to 100 feet high and 200 to 400 feet long.
As soon as the Titanic made contact with the iceberg, it was tragically headed to the point of no return. It took 2 hours and 40 minutes for the Titanic to vanish. There were 2,240 passengers on board, including the crew, and more than 1,500 perished as the ship began its slow-motion plunge at 2:20 am on the morning of April 15, 1912.
According to an article in the Durham-Middlefield Patch, thirty-three of those passengers were headed for Connecticut, but sadly only 15 survived. Of the 33 Connecticut bound passengers, six were in first class, and they all survived. Five passengers were in second class, three women and two men. Only the women survived.
Twenty-two Connecticut-bound passengers were in third class, and only 6 of the 22 survived. Hundreds of articles and human interest stories have been written about that fateful morning aboard the Titanic. According to todayincthistory.com, 16 of the 18 Connecticut passengers who perished were Third-Class passengers, and most of them were immigrants from Europe hoping to make a new and better life in America.
Mrs. Paul Schabert of Derby, CT, was one of the First-Class passengers who survived by getting onboard one of the 20 lifeboats. They were finally rescued by the S.S. Carpathia two hours after the Titanic disappeared into the black waters of the Northern Atlantic. The following is a part of a letter written while on the Carpathia by Mrs. Paul Schabert to her sister, according to the website, electronicvalley.org.
We had been in our life boat for half an hour when the bow of the Titanic disappeared, the stern rose high in the air and then the tremendous craft slid rapidly into the bottomless ocean. The we heard explosion after explosion and dreadful cries for help in the darkness.
More about the fascinating history of the R.M.S. Titanic along with several little known facts about the doomed cruise ship as it embarked on its maiden voyage 108 years ago on April 15, 1912, can be found at jsonline.com.