What happened to Titanic’s lifeboats?
The Carpathia docked first at the White Star Line’s pier in New York, (Pier 59) and unloaded 13 of the Titanic’s lifeboats, as seen above. The White Star Line attempted to deter people from stealing items from the lifeboats, but they were largely unsuccessful and many items were taken, such as nameplates, life jackets, oars, and blankets. To this day, nobody knows exactly what happened to them, but they were most likely used on other White Star ships, possible including the Olympic (as the White Star Line was forced to quickly acquire many new lifeboats to keep people sailing on their ships and to comply with new regulations), or rotted away in a shed. The lifeboats that were not taken on board the Carpathia were left to drift at sea.
Film footage of RMS Carpathia nearing arrival in New York on 18 April 1912, carrying the 705 survivors of the sinking of RMS Titanic three days earlier.
Michael Stipe singing “Wichita Lineman” with Patti Smith’s band. Live at the Bowery Ballroom, New York City, 31 December 2011.
My Christmas cards for 2011, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. I can’t wait until they arrive and I can start sending them to peeps.
“A luminous star with a three-dimensional effect lies within the radiant stained-glass panel of Adoration of the Magi. A highlight of The Cloisters, the window was created in Austria in the fourteenth century”
Retired Philadelphia Police Captain, Ray Lewis, being arrested on November 17th, 2011 at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City.
The JFK airport turtles have a Twitter account.
Which is vaguely like “Andre The Giant Has A Possee”, I suppose.
Brief backstory: yesterday a small army of terrapins invaded the runways at New York’s JFK airport trying to get to the shore to lay their eggs. They shut down air traffic for about half an hour as airport employees moved them manually out of the way. It was yesterday’s news sensation, at least in that part of the country.
“Since y’all don’t objectify garden gnomes, we’ll chat. MT @hotelsdotcom: Now that you’re off the tarmac you probably need a place to stay.”
“We talked to @ladygaga and she told us to call you all our little turtle monsters. Meh. We are Madonna fans anyways.”
“Rumor has it we were chatted about on the @TodayShow. Maybe Willard Scott will mention our birthday this year!”
“Don’t blame delays on us. We just ordered some hashbrowns and are running late.”
People celebrate after the New York Senate passed a bill legalizing gay marriage in New York June 24, 2011. (image credit: Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi)