Where survivors of the Titanic docked in 1912

TitanicIf all went according to plan, the R.M.S. Titanic would have pulled into the White Star Line’s Pier 59 off 18th Street at the Hudson River.

But fate intervened. So instead, the 700 or so survivors picked up by the R.M.S. Carpathia docked in New York around nine p.m. on April 18 at Pier 54, the Cunard Line pier, just south of 14th Street.

There they were greeted by thousands of panicked relatives and newspaper reporters, desperate for details on who had survived and what happened to the so-called unsinkable ship.

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The lettering is ghostly and faint, but you can still see both company names on this rusted old metal entrance.

Former rivals, the White Star and the Cunard lines merged in the 1930s, trying to stave off bankruptcy.

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Pier 54 had another tangle with a maritime disaster. It’s the port where the R.M. S. Lusitania sailed from in 1915 before being torpedoed.

Here it is arriving at Pier 54 in an undated photo. And yep, that’s the infamous Liberty Inn when it was a sailor’s dive known as the Strand Hotel.)

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8 Responses to “Where survivors of the Titanic docked in 1912”

  1. ronfwnc Says:

    The pie-shaped building in the foreground of the last photo is still there. That’s the Liberty Inn today. Back in the ’70s & ’80s it housed the infamous gay bar known as the Anvil.

  2. Richard Kenyon Says:

    Just north of the Cunard dock stands what at the time (1912) was the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) bakery. Today it is a warren of smaller businesses, but some years back it had a sign, several stories high, on the south side, advertising the musical “Titanic”. I passed this scene every day, and sometimes wondered what, if it were possible through some magic, to witness the reactions of survivors to the idea that there could be a musical about the loss of so many lives.

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  4. carolegill Says:

    I think the comments are wonderful!
    And the article and images are tremendous. I had heard that it was left up as a kind of remembrance, that is so very poignant.

  5. sam Says:

    I need to know more about the infamous Liberty Inn… I could find very littel online

  6. sam Says:

    Oops – little…

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  8. alan Says:

    can someone tell me the source of the photo that some of you are mentioning; the Lusitania arriving at Pier 54? I would like to use it in a project I am working on and would like to get permission, correct attribution, and if possible a better resolution.

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