The Loss of the S.S. Titanic, Its Story and Its Lessons (excerpts)

Titanic Anniversary 2015

By Lawrence Beesley

Second-Class Survivor, RMS Titanic


The night was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen:  the sky without a single cloud to mar the perfect brilliance of the stars, clustered so thickly together that in places there seemed almost more dazzling points of light set in the black sky than background of sky itself; and each star seemed, in the keen atmosphere, free from any haze, to have increased its brilliance tenfold and to twinkle and glitter with a staccato flash that made the sky seem nothing but a setting made for them in which to display they wonder. They seemed so near, and their light so much more intense than ever before, that fancy suggested they saw this beautiful ship in dire distress below and all their energies had awakened to flash messages across the black dome of the sky to each other; telling and warning of the calamity happening in the world beneath…     She [Titanic] was absolutely still – indeed from the first it seemed as if the blow from the iceberg had taken all the courage out of here and she had just come quietly to rest and was settling down without an effort to save herself, without a murmur of protest against such a foul blow.,, from the first what must have impressed all as they watched was the sense of stillness about her and the slow, insensible way she sank lower and lower in the sea, like a stricken animal…


Today, 103 years later, we still remember those who perished and those who survived the sinking of RMS Titanic at night in the cold North Atlantic.