Titanic Fatality Reports Passenger Lists Diary Now Online

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Archives is making significant records related to the Titanic available online to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. For the first time, the public will be able to access a complete set of fatality reports and passenger lists and a seaman’s diary via the archives’ online RMS Titanic Resource Guide. “Halifax’s central role in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster is clearly reflected in the archives’ online resource,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Having this material online allows Nova Scotians and Titanic researchers around the world to access these important records.” In the days immediately following the loss of the Titanic, the fatality reports were created for 328 people whose bodies were recovered at the site of the disaster. As the bodies were retrieved, documentation was necessary to record distinguishing physical characteristics and to keep track of personal papers, clothing and other items. The objective was to identify each person and then ensure that next-of-kin were contacted and the body and effects delivered to them. Fatality reports can be found for well-known passengers such as John Jacob Astor and Sidney Leslie Goodwin, formerly referred to as the unknown child. “The Titanic fatality reports speak volumes about those whose bodies were brought back to Halifax,” said Lois Yorke, provincial archivist. “From third-class passengers to millionaires, these reports document their lives through what they had on their person that fateful night.” Another addition to the website is a short diary belonging to Clifford Crease, a crew member on the Mackay-Bennett, one of the ships that helped in retrieving bodies at the wreck site . The diary details the difficult task assigned to the crew of the ship. Mr. Crease, only 24 at the time, recorded each day’s work in neat handwriting, commenting on the number of people pulled from the ocean and the burials held at sea. Also available online are first and second class passenger lists for Titanic’s first and final voyage. These lists are invaluable as a permanent record of who was on board, and for the information they provide about accommodations and services available to passengers. These items are in addition to photos, records, a definitive list of bodies brought to Halifax, and a collection of British newsmagazines, all relating to the loss of the Titanic and already available on the Archives’ website. The RMS Titanic Resource guide can be found online at http://gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/titanic . Nova Scotia Archives acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.last_img

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