The Greater Astoria Historical Society presents pages from the Long Island Star Journal.
Welcome to April 1912!
The gentle, rhythmic splashing of oars broke the night’s silence as lifeboats serenely cut through the icy North Atlantic water. Melancholy yet intrepid, a string orchestra played on, the notes of “Nearer, My God, To Thee” a funeral dirge as cries for help one by one succumbed to the numbing chill. It was the early morning hours of Apr. 15, 1912, and the R.M.S Titanic was dying, soon to carry with her stories of a glamorous age of extravagant wealth and migrant yearning for the streets of a country she would never call upon.
Getting underway from Southampton, England on her maiden voyage on April 10, the Titanic offered its first class guests the finest