2 women bound for OC died when Titanic sank

This is The Derrick front page on April 17, 1912, two days after the Titanic disaster. The coverage includes a photo of the liner and its captain, Edward Smith.

The tragic April 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic hit home for readers of The Derrick as two women who had made plans to visit Oil City that summer were passengers on the doomed luxury steamship.

More than 1,500 people lost their lives as the British liner, described as a colossal feat of engineering, sank to the floor of the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. The massive ship had struck an iceberg two and one half hours earlier.


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