Titanic Belfast to Mark 100th Anniversary of Carpathia Sinking

June 19, 2018
RMS Carpathia

(6:30 a.m. EDT) -- July 17 marks the 100th anniversary of RMS Carpathia's sinking, and Titanic Belfast has partnered with the Belfast Titanic Society to recall the ship's career highlights.

By the time Carpathia was sunk by a torpedo off the coast of Ireland in July of 1918, it had already been thrown into the limelight more times than ships twice its age -- most notably for rescuing more than 700 passengers from the infamously ill-fated Titanic six years earlier.

The organizations have joined with Janet Rostron -- great granddaughter of Captain Arthur Rostron, who conducted Carpathia's Titanic rescue mission through perilously icy waters -- to ask relatives of Titanic survivors and Carpathia crew members to submit their stories for an exhibition that will be displayed onboard SS Nomadic from July 17 to August 17.

"As Captain Rostron's great granddaughter, I'm keen to find out what happened to those who were saved and those who did the saving on that fateful night," Janet Rostron said in a statement. "I'm asking for relatives of both the passengers who were rescued and the crew members of the Carpathia to send their stories to media@titanicbelfast.com before June 30th, 2018, to be part of the exhibition. These will be curated by the experts at Belfast Titanic Society, and a selection will be displayed."

Although it doesn't receive as much fanfare as Titanic, Carpathia and the roles it played -- passenger ship, rescue vessel and WWI troop transport -- were crucial and will also be highlighted by the exhibit.

Judith Owens, Titanic Belfast's Chief Executive, commented: "Titanic Belfast tells the story of Titanic, from her conception in Belfast to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end, and Carpathia plays a pivotal role in the story. This summer, we want Carpathia, the action she took and the lives she saved to take center stage."

--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor