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Titanic Survivors at Plymouth - 1912

The RMS Titanic Survivors at Plymouth

The RMS Titanic Survivors at Plymouth. The Illustrated London News (18 May 1912) p. 742-743. GGA Image ID # 101dfca205

  1. Ready for "Titanic" Survivors Who Preferred to Go to Their Homes without Delay. Sleeping Accommodation Provided for Members of the Liner's Crew in the Docks at Plymouth, with Dining-Tables in the Background.
  2. The Home-Coming of 167 or the 210 Survivors of the "Titanic’s" Crew, Some of the Men Aboard the Tender Sir Richard Grenville, Awaiting Their Landing at Plymouth.
  3. Those Who Wired “Crew on “Titanic” Being Detained as Prisoners". the Union Leaders, in a Sailing Boat. Addressing Survivors on the Tender.
  4. The Cook Who Was One of the Last to See Captain Smith before He Went Down: Mr. Maynard, Who Clung to an Upturned Collapsible Boat for Some Hours before He Was Picked up by a Life-Boat.
  5. Safe Home: One of the Seamen Survivors with His Mother and Three Brothers on His Arrival at Plymouth.
  6. A Position Which Caused the Sending of the Wire to the Board of Trade: "Crew of 'Titanic' Being Detained as Prisoners": Survivors Looking through Closed Dock-Gates at Plymouth
  7. Saved from the “Titanic”: Mr. Whitter Steward and Mrs. Robinson, Stewardess
  8. As near as They Were Allowed to Be, the Crowd Looking through Locked Gates of the Dock to See Survivors Coming Ashore from the Tender.
  9. The Vessel Which Brought to England 167 of the 210 Survivors of the "Titanic's" Crew: The Red Star Liner "Lapland."
  10. About to Land in England after Their Terrible Experience on the High Seas, Survivors of the "Titanic's" Crew on the Tender Which Brought them from the “Lapland.”
  11. After Their Arrival, "Titanic" Survivors at Dinner in the Shed Set Apart for Them in the Docks.

The Red Star Liner "Lapland,“ having aboard 167 of the 210 survivors of the crew of the "Titanic," arrived at Plymouth on the morning of Sunday, April 28. Great precautions were taken by the Board of Trade to make it impossible for anyone to communicate with them until their depositions had been taken and each was served with a notice requiring him to make a statement so that the British Inquiry Commission may be able to select witnesses to appear before them.

In the evening, eighty-five of the survivors left Plymouth for Southampton, while it was decided that the others should proceed to Southampton on the following day.

This was a sequel to intervention by officials of the men's trade union, who protested against their being kept at Plymouth longer than was necessary to take their statements.

It had been arranged that the whole of the men should sleep in the docks on the Sunday night, on mattresses placed on the floor of a big room: while food was to be provided for them.

Concerning the matter, the Board of Trade solicitor wired: "Crew of Titanic from Lapland are not in any sense detained at Plymouth against their wish.

They are only invited to remain on the premises provided so that statements may be taken from them to avoid delay and to settle who shall be called to evidence on the inquiry. They are free to leave when they like, only hope for their co-operation making depositions."

The survivors landed by the "Lapland" included 147 men and 20 women.

"Not in any Sense Detained ... Against Their Wish: Men of the 'Titanic's' Crew. Survivors of the Disaster, at Plymouth," in The Illustrated London News, New York: The International News Company, Vol. 50, No. 1506, Saturday, 18 May 1912, p. 742-743.

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