Color painting of the R.M.S. Titanic at sea.
Among Bergs
Man Vs. Nature...Nature Wins

newspaper article

Los Angeles Times, April 21, 1912


Says Passengers Knew They Were Among Bergs

By Mrs. Walter D. Douglas

(By Direct Wire To The Times)

Chicago, April 20—[Exclusive Dispatch] Even the passengers know that we were getting among the icebergs early on Sunday—hours before the crash came we felt the temperature drop and realized the cause.

That this fact was well-known to J. Bruce Ismay was evidenced from his own actions and statements. I told Senator Smith of the Senate Investigating Committee of an incident that proved this.

Sunday evening I was walking the deck with Mrs. Ryerson when she told me that Mr. Ismay had exhibited a wireless message that told of the propinquity of the dangerous icebergs.

“What does the message say?” Mrs. Ryerson asked.

“That we are among the icebergs,” was his reply

“Of course you are going to slow down?” Mrs. Ryerson asked him.

“Certainly not, we are going to put on more steam and run away from them.” Said Mr. Ismay.

One of the seamen lowered a bucket into the ocean, but drew it back before it had touched the water. The he drew the water from the ships tanks to take temperature.

I called the attention of my husband to this fact, but he belittled it and told me it would not be necessary to tell the ship’s officers of the incident.


Urged The Captain In; He Refused To Be Saved

By Mrs. John Murray Brown

(By Direct Wire To The Times)

Action (Mass.) April 20.—[Exclusive Dispatch.” The discipline was magnificent. The band played, marching from deck, and as the ship engulfed, I could hear the music plainly. The last I saw of the band the musicians were up to their knees in water.

I and my two sisters were separated and each got in different boats. The captain stood on the bridge and when the water covered the ship he was offered assistance and told to get in one of the lifeboats, but he refused to do so.

Mrs. Astor was in the lifeboat with my sister, Mrs. Cornell. I saw Col. Astor help her into the boat. He said he would wait for the men. I saw him on the ship after our boat left the Titanic.

Two boats were got off after the one I was in but they were swamped by the suction made as the Titanic went to the bottom. Our boat was almost dragged down by the suction.

We had a rough experience, many of the women having to use the oars. Mrs. Appleton’s hands were badly torn, but I understand there was not a single case of illness among the survivors because of exposure.

Picture a situation such as this! Another woman and myself were waiting to be helped into the lifeboat. The woman held my arm. I do not know her name. There was just one spot left in the boat. The woman said to the men: “This woman has children; let her go first. I’ll take the next boat.” I believe she was put in the next boat. That boat was swamped.