News of the disaster spread quickly from intercepted wireless signals, but was initially upbeat, reporting that ships were hastening to the rescue and even towing Titanic to safety. Relatives gathered at White Star offices desperate for news of their loved ones.

Crowds waiting for news outside White Star's Southampton offices late into the night

Waiting for news outside White Star’s Southampton offices

Eventually, on the 17th April, lists of names of those saved were displayed outside, but even these were not wholly accurate and were subject to alterations – offering a glimmer of hope to those who had still heard nothing.

Crowds checking lists of names of those saved posted on railings outside White Star's Southampton offices

Checking lists of names of those saved outside White Star’s Southampton offices

Crowds outside White Star Line's London offices. A newspaper seller is pictured in the foreground holding a large poster which reads "Titanic's last hour vivid story, Evening News"

Awaiting news at White Star’s London offices

Relief funds were quickly established to help dependants and relatives of those lost.

A group of scouts pictured together in London holding a large banner which reads"Get your money ready! 8th Westminster Boy Scouts are collecting for the Telegraph Relief Fund, Titanic disaster".

A group of scouts in London collecting for the Titanic Relief Fund

 

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