Today in history, 4/15/1912, rescuing survivors of the Titanic
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RMS Carpathia was a transatlantic passenger steamship and became famous for rescuing the survivors of rival RMS Titanic after it struck an iceberg and sank on this day in 1912. Carpathia braved dangerous ice fields and diverted all steam power to her engines in her attempt to aid the ship, but sadly arrived two hours after Titanic had sunk; nevertheless, she was able to rescue 705 survivors from the ship's lifeboats. Carpathia herself met her fate in the Atlantic on July 17, 1918 during the First World War after being torpedoed by the German submarine U-55 off the Irish coast.