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NEW YORK, April 20, 1912 (UP) - The official report of Capt. A. H. Rostron of the Carpathia, detailing his account of the work of the work of the survivors of the Titanic disaster, was forwarded to the general manager of the Cunard line, Liverpool, just b

"I beg to report that at 12:35 a. m. Monday, 18 instant, I was informed of urgent message from Titanic, with her position. I immediately ordered the ship put in course for that position, we being then 58 miles from her: had heads of all departments called and issued what I considered the necessary orders to be in preparation for any emergency.

"At 2:40 a. m. saw flare half a point on bow. Taking this for granted to be a ship, shortly after we sighted our first iceberg. I previously had lookouts doubled, knowing that Titanic had struck ice, and so took every care and precaution. We soon found ourselves in a field of bergs, large and small, and had to alter our course several times to clear icebergs, weather fine and clear, light airs on sea, beautifully clear night, though dark.

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"We stopped at 4 a. m. thus doing distance in three hours and a half, picking up the first boat at 4:10 a. m., boat in charge of officer, and he reported that Titanic had foundered. At 8:30 a. m. last boat picked up. All survivors aboard and all boats accounted for, viz.: Fifteen lifeboats, one boat abandoned, two Berthon boats alongside (saw one boat floating bottom upward among wreckage), and according to second officer (senior officer saved), one Berthon boat had not been launched, it having got jammed, making 15 lifeboats and four Berthon boats accounted for. By the time we had cleared first boat, it was breaking day, and I could see all within area of four miles. We could also see that we were surrounded by icebergs, large and small, and three miles to the northwest of us a huge field of drift ice with large and small bergs in it.

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"At 8 a. m. the Leyland S. S. California came up. I gave him the principal news and asked him to search and I would proceed to New York. At 8:50 proceeded full speed while researching vicinity of disaster, and while we were getting people aboard I gave orders to get spare hands along and swing in all our boats, disconnect the fall, and hoist up as many Titanic boats as possible in our davits; also, get some on forecastle heads by derricks.

"We got thirteen lifeboats, six on forward deck, and seven in davits. After getting all the survivors aboard, and while searching I got a clergyman to offer a short prayer of thankfulness for those saved, and also a short burial service for those lost.

"Before deciding definitely where to make for, I conferred with Mr. Ismay. He told me to do what I thought best and I informed him, taking everything onto consideration, I considered New York best. I knew we should require clean blankets, provisions, and clean linen, even if we went to the Azores. Most of the passengers saved were women and children and they were hysterical. I did not know what medical attention they might require and thought it best to go to New York.

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"I also thought it would be better for Mr. Ismay to go to New York or England as soon as possible and knowing I should be out of wireless communication very soon if I proceeded to the Azores.

"We experienced very great difficulty in transmitting news, also names of survivors. Our wireless is poor and again we have had so many interruptions from other ships and also messages from shore (principally from press, which were ignored), I gave instructions to send first all official messages, then names of passengers, then survivors' private messages. We had haze early Tuesday morning for several hours; again more or less all Wednesday from 5:30 a. m. to 5 p. m.; strong south southwestwardly winds and clear weather Thursday with moderate rough sea.

"I am pleased to say that all survivors have been very plucky. The majority of women, first, second and third class, lost their husbands, and considering all, have shown wonderful fortitude. Tuesday, our doctor reported all survivors physically well. Our first class passengers have behaved splendidly, given up their cabins voluntarily and supplied the women with clothes, etc. We all turned out of our cabins and gave them to survivors; saloon, smoking room, library, etc., also being used for sleeping accommodation. Our crew also turned out to let the crew of the Titanic take their quarters. I am pleased to state that, owing to preparations made for the comfort of the survivors, none were the worse for exposure, etc. I beg to especially mention how willing and cheerful the whole of the ship's company behaved, receiving the highest praise from everybody. And I can assure you I am very proud to have such a company under my command. (Signed)

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"A. H. ROSTRON

"Captain of the R. M. S. Carpathia."

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