04/15/16 -7:25 AM – The Sinking of the Titanic Turns 104

The Osgood File. This is Charles Osgood.

It was on this day in 1912, that a supposedly unsinkable ship…sank. This was the Titantic. British newsreel footage a few days later showed a sad scene:

SOT – British Newsreel Footage
“This was Liverpool. Not so very long after that day of sailing. There, stunned multitudes read the notices giving the names of those of the Titanic. Those lost and those saved.” (:15)

The story after this…

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It was a maritime disaster that’s become legendary. On this day in 1912, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Nearly three hours later, it was at the bottom of the ocean. Only about 700 of the more than two-thousand people on board survived.

Passenger Eva Hart was seven years old in 1912. Her mother felt the giant ship shudder…

SOT – Titanic Survivor Eva Hart
“She said it felt just like a train pulling into a station…it just jerked.” (:07)

When Hart was an old woman, she remembered that night…

SOT – Titanic Survivor Eva Hart
“There wasn’t any panic until the lifeboats left and then there was panic galore. We were down on the ocean. We could hear them running about the deck. They were screaming. You could imagine people coming up from their cabin and finding no lifeboats, then tearing around to the other side.” (:12)

She and her mother managed to get into a lifeboat and survive. ..

SOT – Titanic Survivor Eva Hart
“And we rowed away and I didn’t close my eyes at all. I saw that ship sink. And I saw that ship break in half.” (:09)

Her father went down with it.

Hart rarely talked about the disaster until her later years. But she did want history to get the story right…

SOT – Titanic Survivor Eva Hart
“The whole thing was a tribute to man’s arrogance. That man can be arrogant as to build something and claim that it is undestroyable… if you like.” (:10)

The last survivor of the Titanic died in 2009 – nearly 100 years after a night that still fascinates, horrifies and teaches us.

The Osgood File. Charles Osgood on the CBS Radio Network.