On the Sinking of the Titanic

Only 705 of the 2228 passengers of the Titanic survived. How would you react in a similar catastrophe? Would you cling to God? Read the testimonies of two survivors who were supernaturally saved.

The experience which follows shows that Divine Principle is to be relied upon at all times.

While the Titanic was sinking, and during the whole time I was working at the boats, I held to the truth, thereby eliminating all fear. I was on the port side where all boats were got away without a hitch, the last one, a flat-bottomed collapsible, floating off the deck.

I called on men to follow me up on top of the officers' quarters to cut adrift the last boat. We had no time to open it up, so just hove her down to the deck.

I ran across the deck and could see that all material work was finished, so from where I was above the bridge, I walked into the water. The sudden immersion in this penetratingly cold water for a few seconds overcame all thought, and I struck out blindly for the crow's-nest which is on the foremast and then just above the water. I found myself drawn with great force against the grating covering the mouth of the huge forward blower. In this position I went below the surface with the ship.

A doubt never entered my mind as to the ability of divine power to save me.

These words from the 91st Psalm came to me so distinctly: "He shall give His angels charge over thee." Immediately, I think, I was thrown away from the blower and came up to find a piece of wood in my hand which seemed to be attached to the top of the funnel by a wire. A second time I went down and again came to the surface. My piece of wood was gone, but alongside me was the flat-bottomed collapsible boat which I had thrown down on the other side of the ship. This I laid hold of, but made no attempt to board it.

It was clear to me there was a divine power and it seemed perfectly natural to rely on it with the spiritual understanding spoken of in the Bible. With the sinking of a great ship like the Titanic, there was also the fear of suction to overcome, and at this time the forward funnel fell, throwing the boat, me, and other survivors about twenty feet clear of the ship, so that of suction we felt nothing.

About thirty of us floated the remainder of the night on the upturned boat. At daybreak we found two life-boats floating nearby, into which we were taken.

Reaction or effects from the immersion were none; and though surprise has been expressed by very many, it only goes to prove that "with God all things are possible".

(Source: Article by Lieut. C.H. Lightoller, RNR, Second Officer on the Titanic, in Christian Science Journal, October 1912)


I was a passenger on the steamship Titanic. At the first sign of danger, after the collision, I read the ninety-first psalm through carefully three times. I was then able to remain quietly in the position where I first placed myself, on the starboard side, watch the boats fill with women and children and row away into the darkness. While doing so, a rumour went around the men on the top deck that they would be taken off on the port side, and although it had no official origin, was acted upon by nearly everyone. But it seemed more in harmony with the spiritual sense of the ninety-first psalm to "be still, and know that I am God", to avoid the crowd and remain quietly on the starboard side until some opportunity of escape presented itself.

Some little time later there were repeated calls for women on the deck below, and looking over the edge of the top deck I saw a lifeboat almost full. One of the crew, seeing me, first inquired if any women were to be found on the top deck, and on replying that they had all been sent down, he told me to jump in.

After some hours of our wandering about in the darkness we reached the Carpathia safely, where all the passengers landed in perfect health and without any untoward incident.

Any knowledge which I had of the material laws of natural science was useless during my escape from the Titanic. It would never have occurred to me to turn to them for help in such conditions of danger but it was quite a natural and almost unconscious act to resort at once to the Bible and the availability of divine laws for humanity in every conceivable circumstance.

(Source: Article by Cambridge University Science Graduate, Lawrence Beesley, In Christian Science Sentinel, 13 December, 1913).
Taken from HQL-9844, p.19

 

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