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Cunard Line

Image of ss Carpathia (Cunard Line)

Length: 540.0 ft.
Breadth: 64.2 ft.
Draft (or Depth): 37.4 ft.
Tonnage: 13,603 (gross); 10,322 (underdeck); 8,660 (net)
Engines: Quadruple expansion, 4 cyl. 26" 37" 53" 76" x 54" stroke
Speed: 15 knots
Builder: C. S. Swan and Hunter, Ltd., Newcastle. (Yard no. 274)

August 6, 1902

Maiden Voyage: May 5, 1903
Disposition: July 17, 1918 - Torpedoed and sunk.

Port of Registry: Liverpool, England
Flag of Registry: British
Funnel color: Red; black top; 3 narrow black rings
Company flag: Red; at center, a gold lion holding a globe
Signal Letters: T W S B
Wireless call letters: M P A
Details: Steel hull; one funnel, four masts; twin screws; 3 decks, 8 bulkheads;Accommodation: First class 204; third class 1,500; 485 in rooms, remainder in dormitories


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Eastbound: Left New York Tuesday April 11 for Gibraltar and Mediterranean ports. On April 15 at 12:25 a.m., Marconi operator Harold Cottam received Titanic 's distress call, when Carpathia was about 58 miles southeast of the position given in the call.

Captain Rostron, when notified, quickly ordered the course of "North 52 West," and Carpathia sped to the rescue, altering her course several times to avoid ice. Carpathia arrived at the scene shortly after 4 a.m. and the transfer of 706 living survivors from 20 small boats was accomplished without incident by 8:30 a.m.

After checking the immediate vicinity for survivors and leaving the recently arrived Californian at the scene, Captain Rostron set his course for New York, where the ship docked at Pier 54, North River, at 9:35 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 with Titanic 's 705 survivors.


August 6, 1902


April 22-25, 1903

Sea trials.

May 5, 1903

Maiden voyage: Liverpool - Queenstown - Boston and return. Made one return visit, then placed on New York service.


Trieste-New York or Liverpool-New York service.

April 15, 1912

Rescued survivors of Titanic sinking.

July 17, 1918

Cockburn Bank, 170 miles west of Bishop Rock (Scilly Islands; 49.39N., 10.05W) Torpedoed and sunk by German submarine. 5 lost.

September 1999

Wreck discovered.

August - September 2007

Exploration of wreck and recovery of artifacts.


Courtesy: John P. Eaton. Used with permission.
Image Courtesy: Jeff Newman and greatships.net.