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Extra resources for And the Band Played On . . .: The Enthralling Account of What Happened After the Titanic Sank
The Mackay-Bennett was three days’ sailing away from its destination but there was still much to be done and no time to be wasted. The ship’s carpenter made an operating table for the undertaker which was ‘strong enough to take a 20-stone man’, according to Mr Snow’s instructions. The undertaker also requested the carpenter to make three screens so that he could work in privacy away from curious eyes. Other hands were put to work cutting up sailcloth to make small duck bags. This was the purser, Frank Higginson’s idea.
The controversy over sea burials continued for many months after the Mackay-Bennett’s return. When the scale of the task facing the Mackay-Bennett became clear, Larnder radioed for supplies and assistance. The White Star Line commissioned a second cable ship, the Minia, to sail at speed to assist the Mackay-Bennett.
His log records the event without emotion and with few facts: ‘Drifting. Wind WSW, force 4. 25W. Picking up bodies. ’ Later he described the scene as ‘like nothing so much as a flock of sea gulls resting upon the water . . all we could see at first would be the top of the life preservers. ’ Hamilton’s diary entry that day provides an equally dramatic picture: April 21st: Two icebergs now clearly in sight, the nearest is over a hundred feet high at the tallest peak, and an impressive sight, a solid mass of ice, against which the sea dashes furiously, throwing up geyser like columns of foam, high over the topmost summit, smothering the great mass at times completely in a cascade of spume as it pours over the snow and breaks into feathery crests on the polished surface of the berg, causing the whole ice mountain, which glints like a fairy building, to oscillate twenty to thirty feet from the vertical.
And the Band Played On . . .: The Enthralling Account of What Happened After the Titanic Sank by Christopher Ward