The last time I checked in, it was a hot and steamy Sunday evening. Tonight, it’s a hotter and steamier Sunday evening. And, according to the weather folks, “hotterer” and “steamierer” (I don’t think those are real words) are coming. Monday and Tuesday will see us in the furnace, with a slow break beginning on Wednesday.
The only reason anyone knows about the RMS Carpathia is because almost everyone knows about the RMS Titanic. Carpathia’s notoriety was born when the Titanic died in April of 1912. She arrived on-scene and rescued Titanic’s survivors, plucking more than 700 from the frigid North Atlantic.
We know the Titanic’s fate…it’s one of the most famous shipwrecks in history. But what of the Carpathia?
After Titanic, the Carpathia continued her duties as a passenger steamship. When America entered World War I in 1917, she was pressed into war-time service, ferrying American soldiers across the Atlantic to Great Britain. Shortly after midnight on July 17, 1918, she was torpedoed by a German submarine and sank 12 hours later.
Loss of life was limited to just five of the 280 passengers and crew.
And there were plenty of lifeboats for all…