Secret telegrams, hidden for more than a century, have seen the light of day and discovered what happened to the bodies of people who lost their lives in one of the greatest maritime accidents in history.
However, when it was noted that the ship Mackay-Bennett had a 334 found body, the captain made a different decision. At the end, more than 100 bodies were thrown out of the ship, which were never found again.
Third-class passengers were thrown out of the boat in order to make room for first and second class passengers who, in the opinion of the crew, had more rights to the dignity of the funeral.
“This telegram collection reveals in detail how complicated the rescue process was after the ship sank. They clearly show how stressful those who were involved in the rescue. When these telegrams are sent, I think the idea was to remain secret, “said the historian.
He was sent by Captain Frederick Larnder, from the Mackay-Bennett ship to the White Star Line, which operated the Titanic. It is clear from the telegram that the situation was equally difficult for both sides.
Then Mackay-Bennett replied, “We have exhaustively listened all the money and valuable property found in the body. Would not it be better for all bodies to be buried at sea, unless there is a special desire of the family to keep them? ”
After a brief correspondence, they agreed to expel bodies of third-class victims in order to return the bodies of those richer to their families. The letters were kept by a former employee of Kunard Line, a company that merged with White Star Lenoon in 1934, and then left them to Hassa.