RMS Titanic Life Vest

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Chicago physician Dr. Frank Blackmarr, a passenger aboard Titanic's rescue ship RMS Carpathia, helped the survivors suffering from hypothermia, exposure, and shock. He collected a Titanic life vest during the voyage as a souvenir. Five days into its maiden voyage in 1912, the White Star ocean liner Titanic struck an iceberg at full speed in the North Atlantic, en route from England to the United States. For the next few hours, the giant ship took on water and began to nose down into the sea. At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, the gigantic ship sank in 12,500 feet of water 350 miles off the coast of Canada. Within about two hours, Carpathia arrived and rescued the Titanic's 705 surviving crew and passengers. Around 1,500 people aboard were lost.
related event
The Emergence of Modern America
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Chicago Historical Society (through Teresa Krutz) and Dr. Frank H. Blackmarr
Physical Description
textile (outside material)
Measurements
overall: 23 in x 12 in; 58.42 cm x 30.48 cm
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Industry & Manufacturing
Titanic
On the Water exhibit
Transportation
Exhibition
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
1912
Object Name
life jacket
ID Number
1982.0319.01
catalog number
82.0319.01
accession number
1982.0319
Related Publication
On the Water online exhibition
Related Web Publication
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater