Newspaper Headlines Of The Titanic Disaster

Newspaper Headlines Of The Titanic Disaster

You may have seen the Hollywood production or read about the Titanic, but how did the people of the day receive the grim news? We will take a look at headlines and choice articles handpicked from the newspapers in 1912.

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One of the first headlines to hit the U.S. was this headline from the New York Evening news. It reported, falsely, that the Titanic was sinking and undertow to Halifax by the Allen Line steamship Virginian. Below the headline are highlights of what was being reported.

Newspaper Headlines Of The Titanic Disaster

titanic-under-towWireless Brings Steamships to  World’s Biggest Ship Reported to Scene of Disaster, and Passengers, Including Many Notables, Are Transferred to Carpathia and Parisian. – The Canadian Government Marine Agency here at 4.15 P. M. received a wireless dispatch that the Titanic is sinking. The message came via the cable ship Minia off Cape Race. It said that the steamers towing the Titanic were endeavoring to get her into shoal water near Cape Race for the purpose of beaching her.

 At 9:55 the following telegram was received by the United Press from the Marconi station at St. John. Newfoundland “Titanic, according to messages from Cape Race and other point, nearing Cape Race.” An Associated Press dispatch from London read: “All passengers of the Titanic were taken off safely by 3:30 o’clock, according to a wireless message to Halifax, Nova Scotia, relayed by a news agency here.” Ed- Imagine being a friend or loved one of a passenger on-board, thinking all was well, only to read the following headline.


The White Star liner Titanic sank at 2:20 a. m. yesterday about 1,150 miles east of Sandy Hook. First reports placed the number of survivors, passengers and crew, at 675. At 2:30 o’clock this morning a dispatch relayed by the Olympic said the number aboard the Carpathla was 866. A still later dispatch said that the Allan Line steamer Virginian had probably picked up some of the victims. P. A. S. Franklin, vice-president of the International Mercantile Marine Company, admitted last night that probably only 675 out of more than 2,200 souls on the lost vessel were saved, which means that more than 1,500 persons went down with her. When the full text of the Olympic’s message was given out it was found that it estimated the loss at 1,800. Shortly before 11 o’clock last night a slight ray of hope that more than the 675 on the Carpathia had been saved appeared in a message from the Marconi operator at Sable Island, near the scene of the disaster.


After the first estimates put the death toll at 1,340, the next headline reports 1,800 lives lost. The final number of souls lost that day ends up in the middle at around 1,500. On the day following the disaster, I found one headline that got the reporting quite accurate.


Disaster Takes No Favorites And Acts Of Heroism


The following piece was printed in the Tribunes front page which demonstrates that disaster chooses no favorites.

No Preference Among Men –

Some Millionaires Drowned and Some Steerage Men Saved – “The Times” in an editorial pays a warm tribute to the behavior of the millionaires on the Titanic It says: ‘After the women it was clearly a matter of pure chance which men were saved. Most of the millionaires were drowned, while many third class passengers were saved. Indeed, it is established beyond doubt that the millionaires were treated exactly like any one else, and that they gave an exhibition of courage, self-restraint and obedience to orders second to none”

There is so much information about the Titanic disaster found in the old newspapers that it is way too much to cover in one page. This page was created to show the main headlines in the 2 days following the event. There is much more to report on the days and weeks following and they are planed for future posts here.

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