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RMS Carpathia was a twin screw steamship, this basically means she had two propellers on separate shafts with opposite twists; the ship was made famous after coming to the rescue of the surviving passengers of the RMS Titanic.
Carpathia was laid down on September 10, 1901 and embarked on her maiden voyage on May 5, 1903; she was owned and operated by Cunard line who was the main rival to Titanic’s owners white star line, however both companies later merged in 1934.
Carpathia ran regular services between New York City, Gibraltar, Genova, Naples, Trieste and Fiume carrying immigrants and also providing summer cruises to Europe,
Early in 1912 Arthur Henry Rostron was given command of the Carpathia and following his rescue effort during the titanic disaster he received a United States Congressional Gold Medal, the crew of the Carpathia also received medals presented by titanic survivor Margaret "Molly" Brown.
With the outbreak of world war one in 1914 Carpathia was used as a troopship this involved the transfer of Canadian and American troops to Europe, and carrying supplies, a few months before the end of world war one on July 15, 1918 Carpathia was in a convoy heading for Boston when she was struck by 3 torpedoes fired from German submarine U-55,
despite this devastating attack there were only five deaths, one of the torpedoes exploded in the engine room killing two firemen and three trimmers who were working there, it was reported that the crew of the Carpathia under the command of Captain William Prothero acted in a calm and professional manner and the remaining 215 survivors had been loaded safely into their lifeboats and were well away from the ship within 15 minutes of the 1st torpedo hitting the vessel, the Carpathia finally succumbed to the damage inflicted on her and at around 11am, almost 2 hours after the first explosions she disappeared under the waves.
The survivors were eventually picked up by British warship HMS Snowdrop around midday and taken back to Liverpool.
The wreck of RMS Carpathia was discovered in the year 2000 approximately 120 miles west of Ireland she lies upright on the seabed in 600 feet of water.
Video Footage of RMS Carpathia
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