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“Molly” Brown, possibly as she left RMS Carpathia, April 18th, 1912 or 1915. I can’t tell because the listing at the Library of Congress says both. Her clothing would be outdated for 1915, so I’m guessing the 1912 date is right.
Carpathia docked in New York at 9:30 PM EDT on April 18th.
If it was taken in 1912, this picture would have been taken by a reporter standing on Pier 54. Behind him were 40,000 family members and curious onlookers. Reporters were not allowed on Carpathia or the pilot ship, New York, that guided it into the harbor, but some were able to bribe their way around that rule. One reporter for the St Louis Post-Dispatch even managed to get onto Carpathia itself as she came through the Hudson Bay and interview a few survivors before literally throwing what he wrote to a nearby tugboat sent by the paper’s owner. Reporters who were more respectful of the rules but still desperate to get their story hovered around the ship in smaller boats and shouted questions.
Read more about how the Titanic story evolved in the news here.
100 years ago today, this very minute, Titanic had just slipped under the water.
EDIT: This was taken in 1912, but some time after the incident. Still, what I described is what she would have experienced upon arriving in New York.