~April 16, 1912~
At 3:30 a.m. the Carpathia's rockets are sighted by the lifeboats. Her regular speed of 14 1/2 knots is risen to an unstable 17 1/2 knots as she races to rendezvous with the survivors. Lifeboat No. 2 is picked up by the Carpathia at approximately 4:10. Ice is seen floating all about the disaster area amid debris from the Titanic. The last boat, No.12, is picked up by the Carpathia by 8:30. Second officer Lightoller is the last survivor to come on board. The Californian arrives at the site and steams through the floating wreckage to check for survivors.
Now, 8:50 a.m., The Carpathia leaves the area bound for New York as she carries the 705 survivors. An estimated 1523 souls had been lost.
The S.S. Mackay-Benett (hired by White Star Line) leaves Halifax to search for bodies.
At 9:00 p.m the Carpathia finally arrives to a dark, wet New York City. One hundred thousand spectators are on hand as the Carpathia steams past the Statue of Liberty. The Titanic's lifeboats hang from the sides as she passes the Cunard pier ( No. 54 ) and steams on up to the White Star pier to lower the Titanic's lifeboats. The Carpathia then returns to the Cunard pier to finally unload the survivors. A mob of spectators crowds the pier.