When Carpathia, the first ship to reach the disaster site, started loading survivors onto the ship, Captain Arthur Rostron made a decision that no wireless transmissions would be send to land containing names of the survivors or victims. Rostron figured that in a disaster situation it would be too easy to start more of a panic or get someone’s name wrong. Rostron wanted to preserve as much dignity and respect as possible. Rostron even denied a wireless message from President Taft who was enquiring about a friend on the Titanic. Taft would later present Rostron with a medal for his heroic work in a disaster.
Stop by the Fairmount Branch Library tonight at 6:30 p.m. for The Titanic: 100 Years Later.