Color painting of the R.M.S. Titanic at sea.
Southampton is Grief Stricken
Aftermath and Inquiry

Southampton is Grief Stricken

Los Angeles Times, April 17, 1912


Southampton is Grief Stricken.

Scenes of Anguish in Home Town of Titanic Crews.

Harrowing Stories of Misery That Will Follow Deaths of Bread Winners — Hundreds of Tearful Women Besiege Offices of White Star Line.

[By Direct Wire to the Times]

Southampton (Eng.) April 16. — [Exclusive Dispatch.] The town is completely staggered by the colossal extent of the Titanic disaster. Never have such pathetic scenes been witnessed in Southampton. It seemed impossible to realize the fact that the Titanic now lies a shattered wreck at the bottom of the Atlantic, and as yet the full significance of the disaster to hundreds of homes in Southampton has not made itself apparent.

A large proportion of the crew is resident here. There are already harrowing stories in the numerous households, which will lose bread winners, and of the enormous misery which will follow in the train of the terrible disaster.

Hundreds of tearful women, most of whom had husbands, fathers, brothers, sons or sweethearts on the wrecked vessel, stood hour after hour in Canute road and the terminus of the Terrace, where the offices of the White Star are situated, eagerly scanning the latest bulletins, hoping against hope that every hour would bring brighter news.

Everywhere there is evidence of this appalling tragedy, many public bodies have issued expressions of sympathy, flags are flying at half-mast on shipping companies offices, and numerous engagements of a public character have been cancelled. Public anxiety is momentarily increasing.

The crows around the White Star offices are bearing the agonized tension bravely, women in their uncomplaining misery eagerly waiting the publication of the list of the crew for which the local manager of the White Star has cabled New York. If necessary, the offices will be kept open throughout the night, so that the latest tidings may be circulated.