encyclopedia titanica

A medal presented to a Liverpool sailor who steered a ship to rescue passengers of the Titanic has sold for nearly 5000 in London A similar medal cast in silver was bought for nearly 8000 which was 3000 more than expected Both medals were awarded to officers and crew of RMS Carpathia for their actions in rescuing over 700 survivors of the disaster JJ Kirkpatrick received a bronze medal for his part in guiding the ship The Carpathia was sailing from New York to Europe when it received a distress call from the Titanic on 15 April 1912 It immediately changed direction and travelled nearly 60 miles to the ships location Charles Miller Ltd which held the auction said it is thought 21yearold JJ Kirkpatrick was at the helm during the rescue effort When the ship arrived the Titanic had already sunk