Here are some front pages of newspapers around the country, showing very first reports of the Titanic disaster.
As you can see, several of the headlines were completely inaccurate. Of course, that’s to be expected — there was very little information available at the time, and the news that did come in was delivered via telegraph.
By the next day, almost everyone knew the truth: some 1,500 people had died on that cold, dark night.
Titanic’s passengers saved; Liner sinking
Ill-fated vessel begins to founder while limping toward Halifax after all aboard are rescued
Monster of ocean badly damaged by collision with iceberg; Many notables on list
Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California)
White Star liner Titanic, biggest steamship afloat, strikes iceberg on first trip and is sinking
Women being put off in life boats — the Allan Liner Virginian gets wireless call for help and proceeds to aid of sinking ship
1,300 passengers aboard the giant liner, among them may who are prominent — Collision off Cape Race — The Virginian 170 miles away and will not reach the Titanic till 10am today — Titanic sinking by the head
Liners rush to assistance of White Star Leviathan reported sinking; Vessel still afloat and under control
The Bingham Press and Leader (Bingham, New York)
“Titanic” rammed an iceberg
Largest ship ever built wrecked on maiden trip
Great steamers rushed to her assistance when wireless flashed out the call for help — Passengers transferred in safety — Crippled monster being towed to Halifax.
The Evening Observer (Dunkirk, New York)
White Star Liner Titanic strikes an iceberg — Passengers are safe and the vessel is in tow
Largest vessel in the world on last leg of maiden voyage, when accident occurs, endangering the lives of 1,300 people — wireless message for assistance intercepted by liner Virginia — The passengers transferred from damaged ship without accident
Early reports that the titanic is sinking causes anxiety among company officials — passengers to be landed in city of Halifax.
Passengers of Titanic transferred in safety to Parisian and Carpathia
Greatest of modern leviathans in tow of Virginia is moving toward Halifax and will reach port
Wrecking tugs will be bent to meet disabled vessel and assist in bringing her into harbor — International Mercantile Marine Company announces that New Haven Road will take passengers on special trains sent to Halifax.
Most thrilling story of the sea in modern times told by wireless
Giant steamship Titanic struck by iceberg in midocean and reported sinking with 2,200 on board — All were saved from watery grave — Appeal for aid brought other vessels to the rescue and passengers were transferred.
The Daily Gate City (Keokuk, Iowa)
All Titanic passengers are safe; Transferred in lifeboats at sea
Parisian and Carpathia take human cargo
Steamship Virginian now towing great disabled liner into Halifax — All doubt as to steamer reaching port set at rest — Wireless massages state that no lives have been lost on the damaged vessel. The Evening Sun (Baltimore, Maryland)
Liners take off passengers: Titanic is reported sunk
Disabled ship under tow after hitting big iceberg — Many notables in first cabin of great liner
Wireless brings steamships to scene of disaster, and passengers, including many notables, are transferred to Carpathia and Parisian — World’s biggest ship reported in bad shape after collision at night and now being towed to Halifax by the Allen Liner Virginian The World: Evening Edition (New York, New York)
Titanic hits iceberg; people safe
Big liner sustains a terrific shock; towed to Halifax
Steamship Titanic, the largest in the world.
The Seattle Star (Seattle, Washington)
2210 persons taken from great liner by rescuers
Sea reported calm, no further danger
Captain and crew of 860 men refuse to leave vessel after passengers are placed in lifeboats and believe ship will reach harbor — Anxious relatives crowd offices of company in New York to learn latest news from headquarters — many millionaires aboard — from four St. Louisiana passengers.
Giant liner under tow to Halifax and passengers being transferred to other vessels called to her aid by wireless
Saved by bulkheads — Many notables included in passenger list of 1,360 — $5,000,000 in bonds and diamonds aboard. — Huge ice fields stretch for miles. Asbury Park Evening Press (Asbury, New Jersey)
Biggest ship afloat sinking in mid-ocean
Over two thousand persons on board
The Titanic strikes an iceberg, and last heard from her she was sinking and women were being taken off on life-boats — wireless messages break off abruptly.
Great Falls Daily Tribune (Great Falls, Montana)
White Star Liner, Titanic, in collision with iceberg on Atlantic Ocean
Giant steamer Titanic collides with iceberg and big ocean liners race to lend assistance to 2,000 persons on board ill-fated vessel
Ship sends out distress signals declaring that immediate relief is necessary; Majority of 1,500 passengers are American; All transferred in safety — Women reported to have been rescued and lowered to life boats; Officials of steam-ship company say “Greyhound will not sink”; Prominent men and women on trip